View Full Version : Clown House Ideas?

04-22-2008, 10:19 AM
Hello all,

We are changing out our Toxic Terror in 3-D haunt to a all out creepy clown house in 3-D this season.

Any good ideas for clown lines? Or storylines? Or scares?

Or even any good gags or one liners or actor que line props that work well?

Thanks in advance!

Happy Haunting
Tim Dunne
Nashua NH

04-23-2008, 02:09 AM
When Dr. Pain's switched to a Twisted Carnival for its 5th year anniversary, it was a bit hard for me to come up with clown lines.

Really, I could conjure up was, "Sheepies! 'O Sheepies! Stay and play, sheepies! Stay and play!", "I like candy!", "Corn Flakes!", and "Give it back! I know you stole it! I-WANT-IT-BACK!" even though they didn't take a thing. Then again I didn't have an assigned room to exploit so that gave me limited material.

Here's a gag, remember the handkerchiefs out the mouth trick? Here's how you can end it with your own intestines coming out: Take a long piece of string and cover it with Great Stuff Foam (http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=15634-236-230612&lpage=none) so it looks like a long, bumpy, foamy sausage. When it dries, spray paint it with red and some black for depth. Then tie handkerchiefs to the end of the intestine. There you go. Just shove that up your sleeve, put your wrist up to your mouth and start pulling the handkerchiefs out with the other hand. Made gagging noises for effect.

If you have a rubber chicken: "Hey, you like chicken?....Well I hate chicken!" Then slam the chicken on the ground, stomp on it, and kick it away.

04-23-2008, 08:12 PM
Thanks good stuff Smiley!

04-26-2008, 11:33 AM
3 words! - Tonz of sinester cents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


07-06-2008, 08:12 PM
One idea that I came up with that I'd love to see produced is a small "display" at the entrance of the haunt that resembles a "clown factory" or clown storage room.

Right over the entrance into the attraction, there's a large pipe with valves, etc and the pipe is labeled "LAUGHING GAS".
As guest begin their experience, the pipe "bursts" and fog flows out , creating a curtain of fog to walk through to begin the maze.

I think it could be a lot of fun if presented in the right way.

As far as one-liners, I used to come behind folks and whisper, "What's got 2 legs and runs fast"?....I hope it's you!"

Best of luck!

07-07-2008, 12:42 AM
i have been to a few full themed clown houses, and i noticed
that certain tactics worked very well.

One thing i suggest is creating many back doors and secret
passways for actors to move from room to room, causing multiple
scares by the same actor. Keep some actors in a certain room for
themes and effects, but allow 3 to 4 to roam the haunt.

The effect that startled me the most was a trick hallway. when entered,
an actor guided us to what looked like a hallway, with arrows painted
towards it and what not. when we entered, the actual hallway was only
so long before we hit a wall. we were confused and decided to turn around
to go back, when another actor who had hidden on the opposite end of
the hallway attacked us.

what made it effective is that in most groups the ones who are more scared
will end up in the back of the group, so when they reverse to turn around they
are the first to be startled. after the tour, I got a chance to meet with the owner of the haunt, and thanked him for a wonderful show. He explained that the fake
hallway had 90% effectiveness. with this scare, it put the guests on edge, and caused them to be in more fear of what was ahead

07-07-2008, 06:11 AM
I've spent the last 4 years as a Klown in two different

On of the best rooms we had was a small circus tent
with balloons on the floor... covered in balloons...
and several huge jack-in-a-box boxes.....to hide in and behind.

Of course... a good Klown soundtrack in the background
is important!!


07-10-2008, 01:42 PM
The room that I did at FrightFest last year won 2nd place and only took 15 minís to set up and most of that was getting power to the room. Iím sure it must have been done before but no one there had seen it before.

Had a circus sound track playing, a bubble machine blowing bubbles and a strobe light. The strobe stops the bubbles in mid air and looks very cool, and while the people are ogling at them a killer clown jumps out blowing a mouth fart horn and scares the crap out of them.

It is best to have flat black walls so the light from the strobe does not bounce off of the walls. The strobe can either point in the direction of the people or away, which gives two different effects so you can pick which one you like the best. Some bubble machines really blow out bubbles fast so it is best to have a longer room like a 10Ē x 20í so they slow down a bit for a good strobe effect.

07-10-2008, 08:03 PM
How did you deal with the bubble residue on the floor?
I think the idea sounds great but would be concerned that guests may slip.
Was this ever a problem?


07-11-2008, 01:51 AM

That is a good point and I meant to bring that up. Ours was done in a tent with a ground floor so it wasnít much of a problem, but I would suggest using one of those grated floors like they use when you do water effects, plus have carpeted mats after you exit to help clean off your feet.

Bubbles do create a big mess and requires extra cleaning after each night. If you want a maintenance free room, donít do bubbles!

Clown School Dropout
07-11-2008, 05:35 PM
A clown restroom with a busted toilet. You could use some brightly colored play dough to make fake clown turds laying on the toilet seat. You could make them in different colors and have them glow under a black light. Maybe have an evil clown hanging around in there with a hidden fart machine in his pants making lots of fart noises.

07-13-2008, 06:29 AM
Thanks for the great ideas and input everyone!

Dr. Giggles
07-13-2008, 10:13 PM
I dont know how big your budget is, but a hall of mirrors would be cool. Just have one clown reak havoc in one semi big room, about the size of a bedroom with some hidden alcoves but pretty much completely wall to wall cieling covered with mirrors to disorient your guests. Maybe some streamers. You could also smear cryptic messages no the mirrors with lipstick hahaa.

But those are just my two cents.

-Zackary J