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How to Make Traveling Circus Costumes

Sara Eberle
Sept. 27, 2012

As part of the Care.com Halloween costume series, here is how to make your little performers into a traveling circus!

There's no need to feel like you're walking on a tight rope with this costume. Step right up and see how easy and fun it can be to create your own little circus family!

Ring Leader Materials:

  • White button down shirt
  • Vest
  • Band jacket
  • Riding pants or black pants
  • Knee high boots
  • Top hat
  • Brown eyeliner or face paint.

Step 1: Put on outfit, tucking pants into boots.

Step 2: Draw curly cue mustache on face.

Bearded Lady Materials:

  • Brown eyeliner or face paint or fake beard and mustache from costume store
  • Makeup
  • Party dress
  • Tights
  • Party shoes
  • Boa feather wrap.

Step 1: Apply eyeliner and lipstick. Draw beard and mustache on face or put on beard and mustache.

Step 2: Put on dress, tights, shoes and boa feather wrap around shoulders.

Juggler Materials:

  • White face paint
  • Black vest
  • Black pants
  • Three juggling pins or three tennis balls (or one orange and two apples).

Step 1: Cover face in white face paint.

Step 2: Put on outfit and carry pins or tennis balls (or fruit).

Clown Materials:

  • Palette of face paint
  • Oversized clothes
  • Oversized shoes
  • Rainbow afro
  • Squeaky red clown nose from costume store.

Step 1: Put on white face paint with exaggerated eyes and mouth.

Step 2: Put on oversized clothes and shoes.

Step 3: Add afro and nose (draw nose with red face paint, if needed).

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