From a customer's perspective . . .
Chiming in a little late here, but I think the topic is still pertinent.
To me, it's just like Jim and Allen say: who on Earth would want/need to paint their faces? The person who is painting his face is out to deceive, for whatever reason.
The ones that creep me out the most are the ones that pretend to be "nice." Think about it: why paint a big red smile on your face when you could just smile?!
If a haunted house could leverage that deception, then all the better. I think it defeats the purpose of deception to have a scary-faced clown. Painting a scary face does exaggerate the menace, though, I suppose.
For those haunts that use guides, it might be cool to have a "sweet" clown take the patrons through the haunt, who then turns on them near the end. The patrons would have to wonder whether this guy was gonna freak. Nerve-wracking!
Originally Posted by Jim Warfield