The movie “It” has exploded and is #1 at the Box Office this month after $123 million it’s opening weekend (no pun intended). With Pennywise becoming the most popular clown in years Halloween stores are finding that anything and everything that has to do with clowns won’t stay on the shelves very long. We’ve already seen Spirit Halloween sell out of their 7′ Evil Clown prop after only a month due to the popularity of “It” and Pennywise leading up to Halloween.
I checked back in with Spirit Halloween in my area and the manager told me they were sold out of the Evil Clowns and wouldn’t likely get anymore in this year. I also checked SpiritHalloween.com and the clown has been taken off of their site since he is no longer available.
Unfortunately there isn’t an official Pennywise animated prop for the 2017 film but none of the main prop manufacturers bothered to acquire the license from Warner Brothers. I imagine next year there will be an official new Pennywise animatronic but that doesn’t really do you a lot of good this year when “It” is the hottest thing going around Halloween.
You can get a lifesize cardboard cut out of Pennywise for $45 on Amazon. I’m not fond of cardboard cutouts and prefer lifesize animated props. But I am a Halloween prop snob.
There are other clown animated props available on Amazon.com ranging from $125 to $200 depending on the popularity of the prop.
If you want to make our own Pennywise animated prop you can pull it off if you buy the items needed to pull it off. You can get the frame from Amazon.com for $140-160.
Once you get the frame you have to find a Pennywise mask. Luckily there are a few to choose from. They range from $35 to $60. Some have actual hair while the others don’t. The hair is actually plastic and part of the mask.
After you get the frame and the mask you will need the Pennywise clown outfit. It usually costs $30-50 depending on what size you need. Extral large sizes tend to cost a little more.
If you have the means to acquire everything you need and a little bit of time and imagination you can create your own Pennywise animated prop. Spirit Halloween even sells a posable metal frame prop for around $100 that you can use to create your own props, such as Pennywise, or anything else you can come up with. Some people are making their own Pennywise props and selling them on eBay. However, they aren’t that great and don’t look much like the clown in “It”.
Halloween is just a few weeks away. If you get desperate, go to the store and buy some red balloons and have them fill them with helium. Take them home and tie them to the sewer grates in your neighborhood. I plan on doing that to the sewer grate in front of my house this year. I’ll also be putting a bluetooth speaker playing a recording of a kid saying “You’ll float too”. Pretty creepy huh?