#WordlessWednesday: Dia de los Niños

Dia de los Muertos, 2019. Oaxaca, Mexico.

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65 thoughts on “#WordlessWednesday: Dia de los Niños”

      1. I do that when I see cute kids. Sometimes I use the pictures and sometimes I don’t. Some of them are just iconic. He’s one of those. 🙂

  1. He is kind of creepy in that oversized creepy clown mask. Makes me sad that clowns have become a bad, scary thing. They were happy, funny characters when I was a child. Certainly not meant to scare anyone. Anybody else remember Clarabell with Howdy Doody? Or Barnum’s circus clowns?

    1. I always thought they were a bit scary, even when I was a kid… but I think that was because I was shy and had a hard time relating to their extroverted personas. Now, because a few scary clowns have appeared in spooky movies, a lot of people think they are creepy.

      1. Isn’t that the truth! My Grandson loved all those scary characters for a long time. He still has a huge decal of one of them on his window. It’s creepy at night! I’m with you always going for the princess costumes. The scariest thing I’ve dressed up as is a witch.

  2. I know it’s a cultural thing, but I have to admit that seeing a small child wearing that threatening clown face sort of creeps me out! But then again, I’m one of those who always carves my jack-o-lanterns to look benign happy!

    1. Sorry, I didn’t mean to creep you out. Actually, I was sort of surprised to see that little boy wearing the mask. The Dia de los Muertos costumes are usually bright and happy (as is their tradition of honoring and welcoming their deceased relatives). A bit of the spooky, creepy, scary element of the US Halloween celebrations seems to have seeped in.

      1. Oh, my goodness, don’t apologize!! The photo just struck me as odd, that’s all. And yes, I had understood that the costumes were usually bright and happy. It’s very possible they are imitating the US’s “ghoulish” take on Halloween. Thanks for sharing!

  3. That is freaky! I used to work in daycare and there is something about children in Halloween costumes that takes on an energy that is a little spooky. this certainly fits the bill. Great shot!

  4. Oh wow – here I am a week late catching in Reader and today is the Day of the Dead. I have to admit the mask on him/her is a tad creepy. You and I are about the same age Janis and I never remember thinking that clowns creeped me out, yet I hear so many people today say they dislike clowns and consider them creepy. (It must be an age thing.)

    1. I don’t remember scary clowns either but I never liked them when I was little. I thought they were creepy but in another, less threatening but still off-putting way). I think when scary clowns were featured in a few, more recent, horror films the general perception changed from fun clowns to scary clowns. I read an article not too long ago about “fun clowns” really resenting this new image of them. I don’t know if you saw in an earlier reply to a comment that there is an actual name for the fear of clowns: Coulrophobia.

      1. And probably the band Insane Clown Posse and their clown masks didn’t help matters much. I didn’t know there was a name for a fear of clowns – wow. I can see how the “fun clowns” like we see in the parades and circus and such would resent the creepy clowns. There was a display of vintage clown “big heads” in the lobby of the Fisher Building, an old and ornate office building in Downtown Detroit. I guess the curator thought there would be some interest in the display which are outdated and retired big heads from the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade event in Detroit, but people in the building said it was too creepy to even look at. They took the display down shortly after putting it there.

          1. That was an interesting article Janis – thank you for passing it along. I was surprised to read that the clowns from long ago had such a dark and scary side. When I think of clowns, I think of Bozo as he was around forever, but nothing like you see today.

  5. Can’t believe it’s been a year since I saw your fabulous photos from your trip to Oaxaca. I haven’t been posting but I still lurk around WordPress. Have a great holiday season.

      1. Clowns have over-exagerrated features. Big smiles and pale faces, bright hair, and outlandish clothes. Perhaps some horror movies and perhaps the Jokes from Batman, have made their image worse.

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