I spent one whole day as Pennywise the Clown for work (technically) and, of course, for Halloween. I’ve always been a sucker for dressing up. I didn’t get to experience this when I was a child so I guess, I’m making up for lost time. And yeah, I’ve always wanted to be an actor so it’s nice to get into different roles every once in a while.
Two years ago, I was one of the Ghostbusters. Last year, I was Fred from Scooby Doo. Early this year, Gintoki Sakata. This year, we got “It” as our theme so naturally, I had to fill in the role as Pennywise the clown. The killer clown. I mean, who else would be willing do it?
That white paint on my face wasn’t actually face paint (or any paint made for the face). Instead, it was water-based poster paint. Tiis-ganda lang. So by lunch, my face had cracked like a dry wedding cake. Hahaha. 😅
I dressed up, in full hair, makeup and costume, at 8 in the morning without breakfast, coffee, anything. I regretted that immediately. Drinking water through a straw just to avoid ruining my red lips was such a chore! Haha! By lunch time, I was really hungry so I took an Uber out to lunch. The Uber driver was so amused that we even took a selfie together. HAHA!
People were taking pictures of me, but I didn’t mind. I didn’t look like me. I was probably even trending in people’s Instagram stories in the area. My cousin even saw me in one of her college friend’s IG stories. 😂
Tons of people got scared of my costume. Kids, adults, all ages. There was this lady who I just happened to bump into in the corridors of my office buildings. I wasn’t in character as Pennywise at all! I was just normally passing by! She screamed really loudly. Good thing she didn’t throw her coffee at me.
There was also this little girl dressed as a princess who I chanced upon in a jam-packed elevator. Her dad was carrying her so my face was at her eye level. We high-fived. I was comforted thinking I hadn’t scared her. Unfortunately, the elevator ride took too long, stopping at every single floor. She slowly realized she had been in the company of a creepy killer clown in a very tight space all this time. She cried.
A little girl who I was taking a photo with also poked me in the right eye with her finger. I couldn’t open my eye for 3 seconds but the show must go on. I couldn’t rub it and ruin the makeup so I took the picture with tears running through my eyes.
Being in character all day was hard work. I had to have this creepy smiled pasted on my face. My eyes were also nakatirik all the time so my head ached at the end of the day.
Overall, I enjoyed being Pennywise for a day. The longer I stayed in the costume, the more I felt like the character. I had fun taking photos with random people and I would love to do it again. <3 For now, I need my moisturizer and some Korean facial masks.
Pennywise, signing off. 😉
What other crazy and/or scary characters have you dressed up as for Halloween? Share your stories in the comments below, or on my Twitter and Instagram @amiciness.