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Carnival Freak Show Halloween Costume Ideas

carnival freak show costume ideas

What better way to wow the crowd at this year's Halloween party than to show up a carnival freak show performer. Let's get started on our list of freaky costume ideas.


First, you'll need a combination of black and red pants and a dress jacket. If you go with black pants, choose a red jacket (and vice versa). A white dress shirt will finish off the main part of your costume. The only thing that's left is to accessorize with a boots, a bow tie, a top hat and most importantly: a ringmaster's whip and plenty of pizzaz!

Bearded Lady

As with the ringmaster costume idea, the bearded lady works for either gender. If you're a guy, you'll obviously need to grow your facial hair out a bit pre-party. Girls will need a bit more help with a fake beard.

Once you're bearded up, you'll need a fabulous dress that would be suitable for performing under the Big Top. If you can't find anything laying around at home, stores that sell dancewear have glamorous, sparkly attire that will look great. Top off your look with some lipstick and you're ready to go.

Tattooed Man

If you'd like to join the freak show as a tattooed man (or woman), your best bet will be one of the many "second skin" costumes now available in shops and online. These costumes are made from polyester and covert your body in a way that's similar to tights.

Your regular skin will disappear beneath the costume, giving the illusion that you're covered in tattoos. Pair with the circus attire of you choice and get ready to perform.

Elephant Man

For the ultimate Elephant Man costume, you will need to purchase an Elephant Man mask (available from online retailers). The mask is an impressive replica of the Elephant Man look, as it includes wispy, bedraggled hair, yellowed teeth, and facial deformities.

To add body deformities, simply blow up a variety of balloons in different shapes. These can be hidden beneath your clothing to make a hunchback, as well as misshapen arms and legs. Make sure your clothing is baggy enough to fully conceal the balloons. To keep them from sliding out, pin the knot of each balloon in place using a small safety pin.

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