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Posted on Nov 23, 2015

Why You Should Make Thanksgiving Costumes a Part of Your Life

Why You Should Make Thanksgiving Costumes a Part of Your Life

Now that Halloween is over and done with for this year, we guess there’s no reason to talk about costumes anymore on this blog.

Just kidding, you know us better than that. As far as we’re concerned, every holiday is better with costumes, and that means Thanksgiving, too. Here are some ways you can make your Turkey Day more interesting with Thanksgiving costumes.



Reenact the first Thanksgiving.

Actually, you probably don’t want to do that. It’s a little-known fact, but the first Thanksgiving was totally lame. The original version of the holiday was a super serious affair of prayer, reflection, and fasting – lots and lots of fasting. Now you know why the Pilgrims were kicked out of England. Total buzzkills.

Pilgrim costumes make Thanksgiving better.

Still though, dressing up in old-timey garb and Pilgrim costumes can be a fun thing to do on Thanksgiving. If you have kids, they’ll love it, and if you like to partake in traditional Thanksgiving beverages, you’ll love it too. (Fun fact: the Pilgrims only landed at Plymouth because they ran out of beer.)

We’re just thankful that the Wampanoag natives were nice enough to bring the snacks, otherwise Thanksgiving might still suck today.


Cash in on a bet.

Watching football on Thanksgiving is one of the biggest American traditions that there is, aside from gorging oneself on turkey. If you have a friendly wager going on, a fitting penalty for the loser may just involve a turkey costume.



We’re always more than happy to wear stuff like that anytime, but we also know plenty of people who aren’t – and isn’t getting your cantankerous uncle or annoying cousin to pose in a turkey costume photo (that will live on through countless future family get-togethers) really what the holidays are all about? Besides, if this guy can make a fool of himself on national TV in a turkey outfit, then so can anyone.


Turkey Trots. All of the Turkey Trots.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, a Turkey Trot is just a marathon or fun run that is typically held during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and encourages participants to wear costumes. Doesn’t this guy look like he’s having fun?

Sweet public domain photo of a Turkey Trot fun run participant.

Running in the USA lists over 1300 different Turkey Trots and Thanksgiving fun runs on their website. That’s over 10,000 kilometers of turkey-themed running goodness (and zero of them are in South Dakota). Here are a few other interesting facts about Turkey Trots:

  • The oldest Turkey Trot in existence is the Buffalo Turkey Trot, which has been held every Thanksgiving since 1896. This also makes it the oldest continuously run footrace in the country, edging the Boston Marathon by a few months.
  • Only Norfolk Island and Liberia celebrate Thanksgiving outside of North America (and we’d advise against traveling to Liberia for the time-being), but plenty of places in the United Kingdom hold Turkey Trots during the run-up to Christmas.
  • The largest Turkey Trot in the U.S. happens in Dallas, which saw more than 36,000 racers in 2011.
  • In Canada, where Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October, the largest Turkey Trot happens in concurrence with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, allowing patrons a pre-Halloween avenue for combining silly costumes with drunkenness.
  • The participants in the Cuero, Texas, Turkey Trot have been, traditionally, actual turkeys:

The Cuero Texas Turkey Trot with real turkeys in the year 1912.

We’d also like to see the stats related to the percentage of runners that actually keep their entire costume intact for the whole trip, but we doubt that can actually be found anywhere.


Scare the crap out of people.


And people think Halloween is the only scary costume holiday. While we wouldn’t suggest recreating Monica’s novelty sunglasses-wearing, fez-donning, raw turkey head idea from “The One with All the Thanksgivings” (which aired in 1998, just in case that makes you feel old), there’s no reason you can’t harass your friends and family with one of these:

The most realistic turkey costume you've ever seen, complete with face flap.

Open a door? Turkey Man. Turn a corner? Turkey Man. Wherever they go, Turkey Man will be waiting, and laughs will be achieved with 100% less chance of salmonella poisoning.


How are you celebrating Turkey Day this year? Are you going to burn some calories at a Turkey Trot race, or just consume enough calories to feed a small city? If you liked this post and want to see more like it, then let us know! Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter @BuyCostumes, and check our boards on Pinterest for more awesome costume ideas for Thanksgiving and other occasions.


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