Today, when we hear the word joker especially as a costume idea, we immediately think Batman’s arch-nemesis. Very few are aware of or realize that even The Joker’s character was somewhat based on these long-ago court jesters. Some call them by a variety of names: fool, jokester, prankster, wit-cracker, or buffoon.
This was an ancient form of employment, very much like stand-up comedians nowadays, and what they do is tell jokes for the monarch and his or her guest and supply that party’s entertainment for however long it may last. What many may believe is that these jesters often wore vibrantly colored outfits and peculiarly designed hats with contrasting patterns.
These hats were particularly characteristic and this became more of a symbol of a jester’s hat. It is made of cotton or velvet and sewn to have three points, each of which had a small bell at the end which jingles with every movement. Other things typical of a jester clothing or accessory was his mock sceptre, known as a bauble or marotte.
Since the Halloween Costume of a joker or a jester is colorful, any color scheme you may think of will do. Usually, one set comes with the three-tipped hat and those jingly bells. It will also include a tunic with huge collars in different color patterns. A tunic is basically a long blouse that may reach the tops of your knees. You can put a belt around your waist. Tights are worn under the tunic although any color will do as long as it matches the rest of your outfit. Sometimes, gauntlets can be worn as well. It is rare that you’ll find a pair of boots that comes with the set and to make it look more realistic, you need to get one that is a bit pointed at the tip. If not, get a pair of shoes that looks like ballet slippers. Have a happy Halloween with this real McCoy: the Joker Halloween costume!