Dark Halloween Costumes
Jack in the Box Halloween Costume Ideas
One of the most timeless toys for entertaining a young child is the classic Jack in the Box. As you wind up the toy box, a clown bursts out of the top, surprising everyone that is eagerly watching. This costume is incredibly versatile because you can make it as friendly or terrifying as you choose.
A Jack in the Box can be warm and jovial or sinister and murderous - the choice is yours. To start, you will need a pair of traditional jester shoes. These can be bought at a local Halloween or prop store, but also created by purchasing a large white pair of shoes and painting them to your liking. For the pants, a pair of plain blue jeans will certainly work, or you can choose to experiment with large pants or colorful pajamas.
• Jack's Clothing
Next, you need the top of the jester outfit. Here, you need a vibrant, colorful shirt with brightly colored sleeves. You can also make your own clothing by mixing, matching, or sewing different colored cloth together. Be sure to complement the top with a jester's garb around your neck and white gloves on your hands.
Now, it is time for the Jack’s makeup. Using white face paint, liberally apply a layer to your cheeks, forehead, chin, and the rest of your face and neck. Apply a layer of brightly colored lipstick with black eyeshadow. Using black face paint, paint one line above each eyelid and one line below each eyelid. Finally, use red face paint or lipstick to add one bright red circle to each cheek.
• Jack's Face Makeup
Finish the costume with a large, eye-popping clown hat. If you desire to make the costume on the scarier side, you can always accessorize with fake teeth and some fake blood dripping down your face or neck.
No Jack in the Box is complete without the main ingredient. The box! Every Jack in the Box costume should feature the person busting out of a box. To start, cut the top and bottom out of a large box. Staple a long piece of ribbon on one inside corner of the box. Take another piece and staple it to the opposite inside corner.
• Jack's Box
Repeat this with another ribbon. The two ribbons should cross over one another and act as suspenders. Use Wood-Look paint from a local hardware store and paint the exterior of the box. This will appear as though you are truly popping out of a wooden box.
Feel free to cut a prop "handle" out of wood and glue it to the outside of the cardboard box. This will mimic the wind-up component of the toy and will have partygoers eager to examine your costume!