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A Collection Of Halloween Costumes You Should Definitely Not Try This Year

We’ve been sharing Halloween costume ideas all month, and today we have suggestions for costumes you should avoid at all costs. Specifically, we must beseech you to avoid participating in CLOWNPOCALYPSE 2016 with these creepy clown Halloween costumes.

The clown hysteria has seemingly ramped up this year. Sure, there was a clown impersonating Pennywise in England all the way back in 2013. Then there were clowns stalking about Staten Island and Wasco, California, in 2014, and we had so many questions. Then 2015 brought us tidings of creepy clowns in a Chicago cemetery and a Wisconsin suburb. But 2016 has been an especially clownish year, and we aren’t talking about the election (well, maybe a little). In the past two months alone we’ve heard plenty of likely hoaxes about creepy clowns in Wisconsin, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, and BEHIND YOU RIGHT NOW!

And now some clowns are even planning a Clown Lives Matter march, but we already know, thanks to Matt Lieb on the Filmdrunk Frotcast last month, “Clown lives don’t matter.”

So here are some scary clown costumes you shouldn’t wear, unless you want to catch these hands.

Photographed by mhammer323.

Photographed by karmalife04.

Photographed by Nathan Rupert.

Photographed by yeddifermua.

Leonard Rockstein, AKA Dr. Rockso (Metalocalypse). [He does cocaine.] Photographed by May S. Young.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space photographed by V Threepio.

Rule 63 Ronald McDonald photographed by Mawzen Hsu.

Photographed by ourvillalife.

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Photographed by pigeon_pie_art.

Photographed by makeup_stephanie.

Photographed by shartin_martin.

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Photographed by kateatwater.

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Photographed by camplico.

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Just call me Killa the Clown

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The North Hampton Clown photographed by jogo78.

Photographed by madmonstermasks.

Photographed by queenatlie.

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Photographed by shy____howard.

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Photographed by anastasianesty.

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Photographed by dcatx72.

Photographed by trappedintimedesigns.

Dandy Mott (American Horror Story: Freak Show) cosplayed by sensimillast.

Twisty the Clown (American Horror Story: Freakshow) photographed by zoe_angelete.

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Rule 63 Twisty The Clown (American Horror Story: Freak Show) photographed by Jose (Ivan) B.

Photographed by clown1138.

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Photographed by mondkatzi.

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Photographed by lulu_1810.

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Photographed by kv0513.

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Photographed by Howie Muzika.

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Pennywise (IT) photographed by V Threepio. Submitted via our Flickr group.

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Also, and this should go without saying, but anything that might be viewed as culturally offensive, insensitive, or appropriative is a hard pass. It’s Halloween. Have fun, but don’t offend someone.

When you’re done checking these out, here are some of our other Halloween costume ideas:

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