Looking for something fun to dress up for this Halloween then check out some Court Jester Costume Ideas? There are lots of choices from the traditional medieval court jester to the comic book jesters or even an evil jester.
You can also get different court jester costumes for all ages.
The colors and styles available make these costumes a fun & bright choice for Halloween.
The Court Jester was extremely popular during Medieval times in the Kings Court and was otherwise known as the Fool. His job was to entertain and he did so through storytelling and music. Some Jesters, Fools or Jokers also juggled or did other acrobatic tricks.
Jesters were very popular in the Royal Courts of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James I which is why they are mentioned in some Shakespearean plays. After the English restoration period Charles II chose not to reinstate the role of the Jester in his court.
British nobles did, however continue the practice for centuries after that. A little trivia nugget for you – did you know who the last noble family were to have a jester? It was the Bowes-Lyons aka the Queen Mother’s family.
Travelling groups of jesters performed on stage and in part were fore-runners to circus clowns. Their history can also be linked to the popular seaside Punch & Judy puppet show and is also associated with the tradition of the harlequin as well.
The jester may no longer be found in royal courts, but we see them in other forms. Examples of the jester’s continuing influence is as the Joker on playing cards. He is also found in Tarot cards,pantomimes and even in some of our sayings. When we talk about someone playing (or acting) the fool or we claim to be saying something in jest we can follow these sayings back to the Court Jester.
Lets check out some Court Jester Halloween Costumes or you can jump straight to the section you want – Kids Jester Halloween Costumes | Men’s Jester Halloween Costumes | Women Jester Halloween Costumes | Evil Jester Costumes
Fun Jester Costumes for Children
If there’s one thing that kids love to do it’s playing the fool! These costumes can let them play the cheeky joker to their heart content so which is your favorite Kids Jester Halloween costume?
These bright and colorful costumes are bound to be a big hit with kids and parents alike.
There are some great Jester costumes for men, but you could also think outside the box and dress up as a playing card joker or a travelling harlequin.
Let’s look at the more ‘traditional court jester’ costume ideas that are available.
And just in case you like the idea of the playing card joker I’ve even found a costume idea that you might enjoy –
If you search for women’s jester costumes you’ll often come across Harley Quinn costumes. This is because when the harlequin made it’s way to Britain it’s ‘story’ and the Court Jester’s ‘story’ became a little interwoven.
DC Heroes and Villains Collection – Harley Quinn Costume
This featured costume is the classic Harley Quinn jester costume. If you’re looking for this extremely popular DC Comics character then check out more of her costumes at Harley Quinn Halloween Costumes.
If you choose a harlequin or court jester costume in a red and black combination then people are going to think you’re dressed as Harley Quinn.
Luckily (if you’re not a Harley fan) there are other colors available so ilet’s have a look at a few of them.
Luckily there are other Court Jester Halloween costumes for women so let’s take a look at them.
Jesters have often had a mischievous side to them so it’s hardly surprising that the idea of an evil jester would arise. This is especially the case when you think of the inter-woven shared history that clowns and jesters have. After all we’ve all heard of the evil clown so why not an evil jester?
The evil jester is often represented in a black and white costume, although there are other colors used at times. The jester’s face is often a scary mask, although there are exceptions. There are some cool YouTube videos that show how to create the look of an evil jester using make-up.
It’s hard to describe what makes a jester costume an evil jester costume, but let me just show you a few examples.
I hope you’ve enjoyed perusing these court jester costume ideas and have found the perfect costume for your next fancy dress occasion.