I have mixed emotions about Halloween.
It used to be my favorite Holiday as a kid! I believe my love for dressing up led me to theatre, which led me to clowning.
Years ago you could be a clown at Halloween and have fun! I even had a funny ‘witchy-poo’ costume for my clown character Pricilla Mooseburger! (I wish I had a picture)
NOWADAYS you need to think twice about being in clown during the month of October.
It all depends on your neighborhood. If the event is a tradition and you are expected to arrive in Clown, then I say go for it!
Otherwise: beware. Be more choosy where you decide to be your clown.
More attention is played to folks in scary clown costumes this time of year. These misguided creeps can ruin the fun for everyone. Sadly we need to be careful. If you are a new clown be cautious where you go in face. Be vigilant of your surroundings. Make sure you are expected. Don’t surprise your event hosts.
I strongly suggest you have a “Real Clown” card handy this time of year!
If you can’t safely be a clown, what CAN you do?
Use your Clown skills to enhance a new character. Halloween is a great time to stretch yourself and add to your repertoire.
Think of these ideas:
A scarecrow at a farmers market.
A bumbling wizard doing a magic show at the fall festival.
A friendly witch at a pumpkin patch.
Sally Stitches or Jack Skellington at a children’s party.
Mischievous Fairy at an apple orchard
You can use all your hard-earned clown skills as a kid-friendly non-clown character that fits the fall theme.
It’s never too early to start working on your holiday characters like elves, Jack Frost, Elsa, or the ever popular Mr. and Mrs. C!
We face a challenge as clowns.
There are generations of people who only know clowns as scary characters. We need to play it smart and play it safe, especially during October.
The good news is sales must be slowing for scary clown masks/costumes. I am seeing less of it in the stores. Yay! It is only a matter of time and they will move on to something else as the hot new item. Will the scary clown merchandise disappear entirely? Probably not, but it will not be the big display it once was a couple of years ago.
That’s the good news. The better news is us clowns will still be bringing joy to a weary world LONG after all that crappy merchandise is rotting in a landfill!
So don’t lose heart. Keep at it, and fight the good fight. Clowns will prevail!
Read about working around the creepy clowns stereotype:
- Stopping Scary Clowns
- Halloween is a frightening time to be a clown
- Responding to “You might scare kids”
- Great come-backs for “I hate clowns”
- Why creepy clowns are wrong, wrong, wrong
- Use your clown skills in other characters
- Character-themed birthday parties
- How to combat the stigma of Pennywise from IT
Mooseburger Clown Arts Education has been running one of the world’s most well-rounded clown schools since 1996. Performers from all over the globe travel to Minnesota each summer for a fun and intensive clown training program. Each aspect of our clown camp is designed to meet your needs and boost your confidence as an entertainer.
Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
Or call me toll-free to discuss your education and see if Mooseburger is the right fit for you: 800-973-6277
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