For Halloween this year, our school invited teachers to dress up as storybook characters. I choose to dress as one of the chickens from the book Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski. I dress inspiration from these pictures I found on Pinterest:
I made the costume with a white dress/bathing suit cover up from Goodwill (about $3). I bought about 12 white feather boas from the Dollar Tree (about $12) and hot glued them in zig zags across the front and across the back. I used two bags of hot glue sticks from the Dollar Tree ($2).
My chicken feet were made from yellow rubber kitchen gloves stuffed with paper and slid over flat shoes I already had. The kitchen gloves were from the Dollar Tree, also ($1).
The chicken headband was made from two devil headbands I bought at a Family Dollar store ($2). I cut the horns off of both headbands, glued a piece of plastic perpendicular to the original headband, and then hot glued the horns back onto the perpendicular please of plastic.
I bought a chicken beak from a local party supply store ($4).
I wore a pair of gold tights I already had and a wide black belt I already had.
My kids and coworkers loved it!
It was a lot of fun to dress up as a Big Chicken! The kids wanted to rub me. They wanted to touch the feathers and the feet. I shed feathers all day and the kids were collecting them in their pockets! I have two students with special needs who were both especially enthralled by the costume. I gave one boy the feet to take home and the other will get my headband!
In hindsight, I wish I would have only put feathers up to my waist (or used a skirt instead of a dress). I also wish I would have made a felt mask with an attached beak (like this one) instead of using a store bought one. Since the store bought one covered my nose and mouth, it was hard to breathe and I couldn't wear it for longer than a couple of minutes at a time.
I must have shed more than I thought! At the end of the day, I had a surprise in my mailbox:
What was your Halloween costume this year?