If you have been following me for a while now then you know that I try to make a costume for my daughter every year that starts out with a basic cotton shirt dress. This easy sad clown costume also starts with a plain dress.
If you are new around here then you can catch up on her struggles HERE. She has gotten so much better but a lot of the clothing preferences still remain. She would never comfortably wear one of the store-bought costumes with the itchy fabrics, seams, labels, and velcro. They are just sensory overload for her. And I love coming up with easy costume ideas with her. We always know that nobody will look like her.
For whatever reason, she doesn’t mind wearing wigs or face paint but I know of a lot of kids with sensory issues who can’t handle that either. Regardless, I feel like all of our costume ideas are great for kids who don’t care what they wear too.
So this year we started narrowing it down to what we came up with pretty early, like last year early. She mentioned this last year already right after Halloween.
Easy and unique sad Harlequin costume
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Every year the colors of the costume end up being so similar. It’s just preference. You could certainly make this costume with different primary colors or even pastels. Whatever floats your boat.
This time I started with a white shirt dress (they have a variety of other colors for other costumes or just everyday wear) which is really really soft and comfy. If you want to buy one too then maybe buy it a little smaller. It runs pretty big. I ended up washing and drying it to see if it would shrink but it didn’t.
I made the red bow from a ribbon I had left and also made the hat and pom-poms. (You can read my pom-pom tips and tricks.
Harlequin costume supplies and accessories
- tights HERE or HERE
- bow tie (I made my own)
- I made my own pom-poms with THIS pom-pom maker and black wool (HERE) – Read more about my pom pom making tips and tricks HERE
- white wig
- face paint
- face paint brushes
- white shirt
- black hat (I made my own)
I attached the pom poms and bow tie with safety pins to the shirt but sewed the white pom-pom onto the paper party hat. I made mine because we had some party hats left from the last New Year. So all I had to do is paint one black. The rest is all make-up and wig and it’s very easy clown make-up in my opinion.
Sad Clown or Harlequin Make-up step-by-step
For this sad clown makeup, I used my favorite face paint again. It has really been worth buying this palette.
- start with a clean face and braids
- paint the entire face white and let it dry completely
- paint an oversized red mouth and a little red nose
- outline the mouth in black (I used an old eyeliner brush to apply the black face paint)
- paint the bottom part of the black eyes
- paint the upper black part of the eyes
- paint three tears on the side of the face
- pin up braids and put a wig cap over hair (comes with the wig)
- put on a wig and pigtails
- pin hat on top of the big and slightly on an angle
She absolutely loves this wig and it’s our own spin on this sad clown costume idea. It is really great quality! You can certainly rock your own hair if you don’t want to wear a wig.
If a sad clown isn’t your thing then you could turn the make-up easily into a scary clown or evil clown costume too.
Photos of finished the sad clown costume or Harlequin costume
For the photos, we added the balloons and they are definitely the perfect accessory. You could also add balloon animals.
She was really in character!
She is so happy with her costume and even won 1. place at her school’s Halloween costume contest.
An extra bonus was that I got to wear the same costume to our adult neighborhood Halloween party.
More of my Halloween costume ideas