Keep ‘Em Laughing with a Clever Clown Costume

Clown costumes are the rare kind of disguise that can be worn just about any time of year but especially for birthday and costume parties. Their popularity can directly be attributed to the jovial appearance and good humor inherent in the character, though putting together an amusing clown costume can possibly involve quite a bit of time, effort and makeup to successfully pull off. Clowns can also represent a darker side of the spectrum, easily turning evil and scary becoming the feared killer clown. The problem is that with so many clown possibilities, the standard clown becomes a costume that may be considered unoriginal.

So, if you want to wear a clown costume these days, you need to make sure you are doing it right from the start! Use your imagination, be creative and select a clown character that will be unique and stand out from the pack. Here are some ideas about how you can make your clown costume something special:

1. Ronald McDonald – Just because you are dressing like a clown does not mean you have to look like a generic clown. Ronald McDonald is a perfect example of a clown that is well known in pop culture but that few people actually think about when they are considering their costume. Don’t forget the bright red wig and bring some hamburgers with you as a great costume prop or snack if you get hungry! Also, as the night wears on and your white face paint begins to run you may start to look a little scary and demented, bringing us to…

2. The Scary Clown – Clowns can always become scary so feel free to frighten up your costume. Begin with any standard clown costume and apply make-up to give your clown a mean or unusual face, maybe adding a belt that holds a weapon like a machete or dagger. Pretend that your clown has a limp along with some wounds and scars for a more chilling and authentic visual effect!

3. Krusty the Clown – Back to the funny clowns, this one is a guaranteed laugh maker. Who doesn’t love The Simpsons and Bart’s favorite TV host? Remember the details and fans of the series will praise your dedication. Krusty is Jewish and had a heart attack, so a Star of David necklace and pacemaker scar along with a pack of cigarettes are good accessories for Krusty.

4. The Meta Clown – When in doubt, explore your creative side and make your clown costume a combination of a few looks. Select some well known characters from pop culture and transform them into clowns, perhaps more so than they already are. Morph two different clown characters and create your own original costume. Looking to make a political statement? Buy a George W. Bush mask and add some clown makeup. Like scary movies? Turn the hockey mask-wearing Jason from the Friday the 13th horror flicks into Jason the Jester. Design a clown version of Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Combining two looks into one, the possibilities are endless!

Clown costumes are a great excuse to wear makeup, act silly, tell corny jokes, and make balloon animals. All you have to do is decide on your character’s intended look and outfit your clown with the appropriate decorations. After that, it’s all smiles for you and those around you. Good luck and happy clowning!


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