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Johnny Lee Johns, better known as Captain Spaulding, is a character from the cult classic film, House of 1000 Corpses. A strange and sadistic man dressed as a classic clown, he owns and operates Captain Spaulings Museum of Monsters and Madmen. The Museum is famous for its Dr. Satan attraction, which brings thousands of tourists from all over America to the location to see the story come to life. Get the look of the creepy clown with this Captain Spaulding costume guide.

To cosplay Captain Spaulding’s distinct look you’ll need a few specific items such as a miniature top hat. First, your costume is going to need a full Captain Spaulding costume, along with a matching mask. You’ll also need a pair of clown shoes in Spauldings distinct style, some makeup, and a small American style top hat to complete this horrific look. You should be able to find all these items online or even in a local store!

Captain Spaulding Cosplay Costumes

If you’ve ever wanted to dress up as a clown for Halloween or stand out at a costume party with a little flair for the theatrical, there’s no better character than Captain Spaulding from the horror movies, House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. The key to his creepy costume is the distinct red, white, and blue clown suit that may prove a little difficult to find. Otherwise, the makeup (or mask) is the most specific element of this scary costume but is easily achievable.

Along with Captain Spaulding group costume, you should grab a few friends and go as the Devils Rejects. Have your buddies cosplay as Otis and Baby to show off your costume game and be the most talked about at this year’s Halloween party? Feel free to send over photos of your killer costume so your look can be featured on this Captain Spaulding costume guide page.

Captain Spaulding Costume Tips & FAQs

Embark on a journey into the macabre world of Captain Spaulding from Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses” with our specialized costume guide FAQ. This section is dedicated to helping fans accurately recreate the unforgettable appearance of this twisted clown, providing detailed answers to your most pressing costume questions.

Captain Spaulding's costume is characterized by a red, white, and blue clown outfit with stars and stripes, reflecting a grotesque patriotic theme. Essential elements include a brightly colored clown shirt, baggy pants, and a dark blue jacket with fringed epaulets. Don’t forget the signature tiny American flag hat atop his head.

Spaulding's makeup is a critical aspect of his look. He has a white face with dark, exaggerated eyebrows, blue eyeshadow, a red nose, and red lips with black lines extending from the corners. He also sports a scruffy beard and mustache. Using high-quality face paint and practicing the makeup application beforehand will help achieve a convincing look.

Captain Spaulding wears dark, possibly black, boots. They should be somewhat worn and rugged, fitting the overall disheveled and creepy clown theme.

To enhance the costume, consider adding props like a fake cigar, a bucket of fried chicken (a nod to his character's profession in the film), or even a fake weapon for a more menacing effect. Remember, the props should complement the costume and not overpower it.

Captain Spaulding has many memorable and often disturbing lines in the film. Some notable ones include: "Don't ya like clowns? Don't we make ya laugh? Aren't we f***in' funny?," "If you like blood, violence, freaks of nature, well then, come on down to Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Madmen." and "Most of all, f*** you!." These quotes capture the essence of Captain Spaulding's character: his dark humor, unsettling presence, and the bizarre blend of Americana with horror.


About Captain Spaulding

Captain Spaulding used to go by the name Cutter, until he eventually joined the Firefly gang in 1947. In the Summer of 1965, he met Otis Driftwood, who became his close friend and rival. These two men would often fight for control of the Firefly family. At about this time, Cutter began to be called Captain Spaulding, a name coined by Otis himself.

In the late sixties, Cutter began an illegal moonshine business where he would eventually use the funds to build a facility to share his two loves with the world, murder and fried chicken. It was then in the 70’s that he built his museum based off of Dr. Satan, a man who ran a cult that Baby and Otis were former members of. The legend would be used to lure helpless tourists into the Firefly families path. These events would lead up to the film, House of 1000 Corpses, and the continuation of the Spaulding’s story.

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