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You might say, "What is a 'Hobo Clown,’ anyway?"  Well...

A Hobo Clown is:
a sad and lovable tramp.
Everyone loves them.

Hey, that was a haiku. Anyway, hobo clowns, comedic caricatures of downtrodden tramps and hobos, were popularized in the depression era United States by the late Emmet Kelly. Kelly, in the role of “Weary Willie,” first introduced the hobo clown to American audiences, who found his underdog antics to be instantly lovable, and sometimes, even relatable.  To learn more about Emmett Kelly and Weary Willie, do a quick Google search. A little research could go a long way in helping you flesh-out your costume.

So, you’ve done some research, read a pretty terrible haiku, and you want to make your own hobo clown costume. Before we get started, here are some notes:

- About 90% of the materials my fiancé and I used, we found at thrift stores. About 5%, we gathered from a craft store, and the remaining 5% we got from a local Wal-Mart.
- The overall cost for our costumes was about $70 each. The good news: that figure is on the high-end. Your cost could be significantly less, depending on what you have lying around your home.
- It took about two nights to make the costumes and less than an hour to do the makeup. That being said, this is definitely a costume that can be completed in a day.

If you’re still down, continue on and we’ll get started by gathering the materials.
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lemonie5 years ago
How about carrying some old stogies you have found?
Nice outfit.

Kozz lemonie5 years ago
I submit to you that any "old stogies" are likely to disintegrate.  Anyone who's kept a cigar for a length of time *outside* of a humidor can attest that they become dry, brittle, and can virtually disintegrate into little brown bits you'll have to vacuum up.

The solution would probably be to create/paint a prop that looks like a cigar.  Or you can buy some new cigars.  Around here I know some shops carry a brand which looks very rustic -- named maybe "northwoods"-something, is not uniform in diameter but is tapered to one end with the other end having cut tobacco leaf sticking out.
lemonie Kozz5 years ago
Yes, that sounds good.
You knew what I meant?