View Full Version : Ideas for a clown house?

01-22-2012, 07:10 AM
Hey guys,
Does anyone have any cheap/easy/unique room ideas my clown themed home haunt?
I was thinking a stuffed animal room with them all hanging on the wall etc, then having a actor in some sort of mascot costume jumping out.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated!


Front Yard Fright
01-22-2012, 10:07 AM
Dot room, tin foil room (I think Allen calls it a baked potato room :P), a room full of jack in the boxes, spinning wheel of death, clown makeup room (Mirrors with lights around them), costume room (hang up costumes from a clothes line the people have to walk through), show room (more so for a circus, but you could have a woman sawn in half), concession stand, cotton candy cocoons (ala Killer Klowns from Outer Space), and a strobe hallway with hanging pool noodles (Seems silly, but very affective!)

Front Yard Fright
01-22-2012, 10:11 AM
Could also do a fun mirror hallway or a clown portrait hallway with drop panels.

01-22-2012, 10:40 AM
Thanks so much for the answers! I am going to try the dot room, jack in the box room, try to make the spinning wheel (any ideas on how to create that?), I like the costume room idea kind of like what haunt ventures had, I am going to do a concession stand, and a strobe hallway with hanging pool noodles. I want to make a dark hallway with a strobe and have bowling pins hanging, but i have no idea how to create them.... i was thinking some sort of foam? any ideas?

Front Yard Fright
01-22-2012, 11:14 AM
As far as the spinning wheel, I'm not really sure how to pull it off. I was lucky enough to have a friend of mine's father build one for me for twenty dollars! I'd take pictures but everything's in storage unfortunately. Perhaps someone else could chime in?

As far as the bowling pins, I'm sure you could cast an actual pin and get some self skinning foam. Not my area of expertise, so perhaps someone could chime in about that too!

01-22-2012, 11:33 AM
"As far as the I'm sure you could cast an actual pin and get some self skinning foam. Not my area of expertise, so perhaps someone could chime in about that too!"

That is a good idea!

01-22-2012, 11:57 AM
As far as the bowling pins, I'm sure you could cast an actual pin and get some self skinning foam. Not my area of expertise, so perhaps someone could chime in about that too!

A one-piece silicone glove mold with a simple 2-piece plaster bandage support shell would last for a few dozen casts at the very least and not cost much more than an alginate mold, a stone mold would be a bit more labor involved to get perfect seams on such a smooth and curvy object, but cost about the same as a silicone mold. Another benefit to the silicone mold is it is inherently non-stick. a little dawn dish soap and 99% alchohol would make it even easier to release, but wouldnt be necessary. frends beauty supply carries everything you'd need for pretty darn cheap. foam included.

and as far as haunt ideas for you, Clowns are a natural fit for UV haunts. The glow kinda sets things over the big top a bit. Since this is a home haunt, maybe look into 2 dozen or so reusable Chromadepth glasses and you can really mess with peoples perception. ESPECIALLY in dot or sripe rooms. Blacklight effects also open up a lot of possibilities as far as hiding what you DONT want seen until its time. Wildfire pigments are AMAZING for scenic design, and though they're higher priced than most uv paints, the uv pigments are SUPER saturated and a very little bit can go a loooooooong way, not to mention they're designed for color mixing. (wildfire pigment+white acrylic paint= Pastel UV colors, UV red + blood red acrylic paint= deep/rich/earthy uv red)

01-22-2012, 12:56 PM
Cirque Du Soleil had a cool picture online that I can't find, but I thought it would be a cool distraction in a clown room. The clown was bouncing on a rubber tire tube and the tube was painted the same design as his costume. I want that guy in our Haunt somewhere this year.

01-22-2012, 01:00 PM

Do you have any ideas on how to paint the bowling pins?
I appreciate your input!

01-22-2012, 01:03 PM
That sounds like a really cool idea!

01-22-2012, 01:19 PM
The easiest way to paint them (assuming you're going for rigid foam?) would be to pigment the foam itself white before you cast. then it'd just take some acrylic paint for the stripes, and some thinned brown/grey paint for aging and distressing. (a couple cans of 97 cent spray paint from wal-mart and a crumpled plastic bag would totally work for distressing too). as far as making them glow, you could always add some cryptolite to the pigmented foam and paint the finishing detail with UV reds and earth tones. that would give you the glowing-blue/white look to the pins pretty simply.

i did just notice that you want to hang these... i'd STRONGLY suggest embedding the rope or cable in the pins when you cast them... the foam will fuse to the rope perminantly and be less likely to be pulled down or snapped off at the neck of the pin (where the rope would be if you tied them up)

01-23-2012, 08:43 AM
theres a nice tutorial in the youtube video section on here about a clown room theme.

01-23-2012, 01:56 PM
Where would we find that? Under what heading?

01-24-2012, 07:04 AM
heres the direct link

01-24-2012, 06:09 PM
Thanks guys for all the answers!:)

01-25-2012, 01:25 AM
THere are millions of things you can do with CLOWNS... they are a great theme but I think only if you make the entire theme clowns we have done with Terror Visions. I hate to see a clown in a normal haunted house, like there is a boiler, there is a bedroom, there is a graveyard and then BOOM out of no where there is a clown! lol

Some of the new scenes we are doing for Terror Visions which is a clown theme are Jack N Box scene, Funhouse scene, Clown Truck too complicated to explain again, Magic Room, in the past we've done several things with clowns where they are causing danger... like blowing up things with TNT, or a freak show is always good, funny mirrors, a black hole tunnel is a must in any clown house.

The idea's are limitless.


01-25-2012, 05:43 AM
Nice to meet you Larry!

One question, what are you doing in your funhouse scene?



01-25-2012, 05:57 AM
Clowns are probably the scariest thing used in haunted houses if done right. I have seen the bowling pins used in clown rooms but how do bowling pins relate to clowns in any way? Bowling and the circus are not linked in anyway and to me there are better ways to convey a clown theme. Instead of bowling pins have decapitated clown heads maybe?


01-25-2012, 08:58 AM

You have a very good point!
Thanks for sharing,

Scenic Art Productions
01-26-2012, 10:26 PM

How about a cannon with a clown lighting the fuse. Make the cannon real cartoonish. The cannon can have a air cannon blow at guest as they come by. The magic room would be great also. Allot of clowns do magic in the circus. Saw a woman in half can be done for real using mirrors.

I do not know how much room you have to fill but, you can make a wild hallway. The hallway is life size at the entrance and the end of the hallway angles inward so they appear to get bigger as they walk down the hall exiting through a small door. This can be seen on the original Willy Wonka film. The walls can be black with colorfull lines forming square frames so it looks like they walk through a bunch of colorfull squares floating in space. Use paint that glow in blacklight. I hope I am describing this as I am imaginning this. This would be fun and confusing to your guests.

What part of Florida are you from? Are you in Jacksonville. I would like to visit and see what you did.

Good Luck,
Robert Travis
Scenic Art Productions

02-02-2012, 10:11 PM
Instead of casting the pins you could go to toys r us or any big toy store and get a set of 16 fake plastic multi colored pins then just pant and destress them

02-03-2012, 09:43 AM
How about some 46" inflatable pins?


02-03-2012, 10:13 AM
LOL im totally diggin the gigantic inflatables. combine 'em with a squeeze room. perfect!