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Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald is one of the most iconic mascots the world over.  A twist on the classic clown motif, Ronald has been making kids smile and promoting the international fast food chain McDonald’s since the 1960s.  He was briefly joined by Mayor McCheese, the Hamburglar, Grimace, Birdie the Early Bird, and The Fry Kids in the 1970s, though none of these had the staying power of the original mascot.  Ronald’s look includes plenty of yellow and red, with red and white striped shirt and socks, big clown shoes, and a curly red wig.

Granny Garbanzo from The Big Comfy Couch

Granny Garbanzo (Grindl Kuchirka) is a recurring character on The Big Comfy Couch, a Canadian children’s show from the 90s. She is an elderly clown who lives in a wagon next to a clothes line with her cat, Snicklefritz. She has a heavy European accent, and refers to Loonette with a diminutive “-ka” suffix. Granny often makes references to the old days and the old country. While she provides wisdom to Loonette, she possesses quite a bit of youthful energy. In the later seasons, she has her own cooking show.

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Major Bedhead from The Big Comfy Couch

Major Bedhead (Fred Stinson) is a recurring character on The Big Comfy Couch, a Canadian children’s show from the 90s. He is a clown who delivers the mail on his unicycle. He stops by to give Loonette postcards from her Auntie Macassar or Uncle Chester. However, he comes off as quite irresponsible for spending so much time chatting with Loonette and Granny Garbanzo and not delivering packages. Goofy yet clumsy, Major Bedhead possesses many clowning skills such as juggling and pogo sticking. His pet peeves are lying and dishonesty.

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Loonette the Clown from The Big Comfy Couch

Loonette (Alyson Court) is the lead character in The Big Comfy Couch, a Canadian children’s show from the 90s. Loonette is a young clown who lives with her dolly named Molly. Every episode begins with Loonette waking up on the eponymous couch. She reads stories to Molly, performs a Clock Rug Stretch, and completes a Ten Second Tidy. Her family and friends, such as Granny Garbanzo and Major Bedhead, are also clowns. Put your hair into pigtails using the red scrunchies, and cut a hole on either side of the purple hat, then slide your hair through. You can also use a wig with detachable pigtail clips as suggested in this guide. While there isn’t an existing replica of her sweater, you can get away with a plain white long sleeve top. For added detail, you can draw the suns and moons with yellow and red marker.

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The Clown from Dead By Daylight

Kenneth Chase was an athletic young man whose fascination for birds led to him drugging and killing them for their feathers. Once his obsession carried over to humans and after fleeing the police in his hometown, he joined the circus under the alias Jeffrey Hawk, using the cover of a friendly clown to hide his dark nature. This allowed him to kill many victims, keeping a finger from each. The Clown now drugs and sacrifices countless survivors as one of the killers in the game Dead by Daylight. The Clown’s costume can be recreated a few ways, depending on your personal tastes. You can use a latex mask, or recreate his clown makeup by hand, and a colorful clown costume could be made to look dingy, or a more subtly colored one could be substituted in its stead.

Laughing Jack from CreepyPasta

Laughing Jack from CreepyPasta

Laughing Jack was once a child’s toy that gave rise to the child’s imaginary friend. But when the child’s personality took a dark turn, so did that of Jack. If you love all things creepy and terrifying, it’s no wonder you like this CreepyPasta Pal! His story is one of the scariest out there.

Jack was once a colorful clown. When his personality took a turn so did his appearance. He is done up entirely in black and white now instead of a rainbow of colors. He has the high ruffled collar of a clown and feathery shoulders on his jacket, all in black. His shirt will take a little DIY but not much. Just cut the bottom half of the striped shirt off then put the crop top on over the top half. Dye the bandages dark grey and wrap those around your torso, covering the bottom of the shirts a little, and you’re good to go! (If you have extra bandages you can wrap those over the bottom half of your gloves too, to mimic Jack’s bandaged hands and black fingers)

For the lower half of the costume you’ll need black knee pants, black suspenders, and long socks that are striped black and white. Different version of the story have different shoes, but the shoe covers pictured above are old fashioned enough for a clown toy without looking like modern clown shoes. A shaggy black wig will give you the clown’s unkempt appearance. Jack was the exaggerated makeup style of a normal clown but done in black and white which you can copy with mime makeup. Once you have the look down all you will need is a sinister laugh and you’ll be dressed up like Jack!

Captain Spaulding

Captain Spaulding

Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) is one of the main characters of Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. He’s a vulgar clown who mans a gas station, where he tricks a group of young adults to run into his murderous Firefly family.

Pennywise the Dancing Clown from It 2017

Pennywise the Dancing Clown from It (2017)

In the 2017 remake of It, Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgard) is an ancient, trans-dimensional evil spirit that takes the scariest form of all — a creepy killer clown. Compared to the 1990 adaption of Pennywise, this one is lankier and childish but creepy as hell all the same. While wearing the clown costume, roll around in the dirt to give it the right weathered look.

Twisty the Clown

Twisty is a disgraced clown played by John Carroll Lynch in American Horror Story: Freak Show who uses increasingly twisted methods to regain his position as an entertainer of children. He wears a makeshift prosthetic mask nearly as terrifying as the disfigured face beneath.

Patch Adams

Patch Adams (Robin Williams) is an unorthodox physician, who took a more personal approach to his patients by using humor as part of his medical care, which sometimes included dressing up as a clown.