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Thanksgiving is one of the most universally celebrated holidays in the United States. It has religious roots, but also secular traditions.

 

The settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early 1600's are often credited with initiating the feast. These Puritans and Pilgrims thought that celebrations of Christmas and Easter were frivolous. In fact they thought that ANY celebration was frivolous. But it was entirely appropriate to give thanks to God for protection and guidance. In 1621 Governor William Bradford proclaimed a "Day of Thanksgiving" for having survived the first winter and bringing in a harvest. But it bore little resemblance to modern feasts. Yes, turkey and cranberries were on the menu. So was squash. But so were venison and beans, too. Those were what was available.

 

Other early feasts have laid claim to be the "first Thanksgiving." Spanish explorers held a Mass of thanksgiving in 1565 near what is now Saint Augustine, Florida. Other Spanish explorers held a thanksgiving service in San Elizario, Texas, in 1598. And the founding charter of Berkeley Hundred in the Virginia Colony, dated 1619, codified a day of thanksgiving.

 

President George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1789. But that was a one-shot deal. Thanksgiving didn't become an official annual federal holiday in the United States until 1863. President Abraham Lincoln decreed that the final Thursday of November, each year, should be a day of Thanksgiving. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1941, changed the date from the final Thursday of November to the fourth Thursday.  

So now people everywhere have pageants re-enacting the feast at Plymouth Colony in 1621. That's where the pilgrim costumes come in. Then there are the turkeys. And the pumpkins (they're a type of squash, so may have been part of the Plymouth feast). And don't forget the Indian costumes, either. Legend has it that Indians were part of that feast, and that they in fact helped the colonists to survive long enough to have it.

 

Go ahead. Celebrate Thanksgiving any way you want. You could even wear a jersey or fan T-shirt for your favorite football team. No modern Thanksgiving is complete without watching at least one football game.

 

Whatever you wear, and however you choose to celebrate, enjoy the holiday with your family and friends!

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Thanksgiving Costumes

Thanksgiving Costume Ideas

Thanksgiving is time to enjoy the company of family, savor the feast that’s been prepared and reflect on what we are most thankful for. It is also a time to talk about traditions and history, to remember the stories of those who helped inspire the holiday we enjoy today, and of course there are more modern traditions like watching football, finding turkey trot costumes for your race, or making preparations for Black Friday, too. But if you want to have a throwback holiday that’s true to the traditional way, we have a serious suggestion on how to execute; Pilgrim and Indian costumes. Do Turkey Day in costume with Thanksgiving hats, a turkey outfit, or baby Thanksgiving costumes that are bound to bring a few laughs to the family table!

Pilgrim Costumes

Wearing a festive Pilgrim costume can be a great way to bring the family together, look great for some seasonal photos, and also to learn a little about the settlers that came before us. But it’s also a ton of fun or it can be a new and interesting way to spice up the festivities. Really a win any way you slice it! Just see what Uncle Joe says when you plop down next to him on the couch in a Thanksgiving turkey costume. Or wear your favorite Pilgrim outfit when you’re busy baking all of those pies or preparing the stuffing. Whatever kind of costume fun you imagine this Thanksgiving, we have some pro tips and helpful advice on how to rule the holiday in authentic puritan costume style!

Men’s Pilgrim Costume

Men’s Pilgrim Costume

Gold buckles and Pilgrims go together like turkey and stuffing! You’ll be able to look like a classic Pilgrim lad when you go in this traditionally styled costume. Details like on over-sized collar, collared long sleeves and gold buckles on this Thanksgiving costume will make you look like a regular resident at the Plymouth Plantation. It’s the perfect outfit to wear to the big feast—just don’t forget your matching pilgrim hat!

Women’s Pilgrim Costume

Women’s Pilgrim Costume

Black and white dress? Check! Pilgrim bonnet? Check! Apron? Check! It looks like you have the proper Pilgrim attire and you may now step aboard the Mayflower! Whether you’re planning on setting sail to Plymouth or already have a prime spot in line for the pie saved, these traditional Pilgrim clothes will have you fitting into the early American scene. The black and white motif will assure all that you’re ready for a slice of pumpkin pie, and the white bonnet will complete the costume effect.

Pilgrim Couples Costume

Pilgrim Couples Costume

Introducing Plymouth Rock’s best dressed couple! You simply can’t deny that this Pilgrim pair looks anything less than dashing—and they should! They are about to break bread with some new friends, and if you’re of the same inclination, then make sure you have these picturesque Thanksgiving costumes for adults ready to go for Turkey Day. The bonnet and the Pilgrim hat complement each other perfectly, and you’re sure to look as cute as a couple of yams while waiting to pile up your plate with delicious feast treats.

Pilgrim Boy Costume

Pilgrim Boy Costume

Young Pilgrim boys had to help their fathers harvest crops, fetch wood and water, and herd chickens. Lucky for your little guys, they only have to worry about cleaning their rooms! You can just dress up your little one in this traditional Pilgrim outfit, and we’re sure they’ll be able enjoy plentiful amounts of corn, cranberries, and turkey smothered in gravy. Coordinate your children’s costume with yours to have an entire Pilgrim family ready for a Thanksgiving throw down. Bonus points if you can for putting a dog Pilgrim costume on Fluffy!

Pilgrim Girl Costume

Pilgrim Girl Costume

She’s sweet, but now she’ll be able to pretend that she’s time traveled back to the first Thanksgiving by wearing a girl’s Pilgrim costume to dinner! She can break bread by looking like one of the first settlers and make some new friends while enjoying her favorite feast treats. Whether she’s in a pageant, play, or just wants to dress up for fun; this classic Pilgrim will make this Thanksgiving a holiday you’ll always remember!

Celebrating History Together is more Fun

Celebrating History Together is more Fun

When you coordinate your entire family’s costume theme, you’ll be able to look like a historical family from the 1600’s. Our matching pilgrim costumes will turn any family into a team of American settlers who are ready for some holiday fun. Dress the kids up in these costumes that mirror the adult ones and always remember to take tons of cute holiday pictures. Whether you spend your time learning about history or just enjoying the big meal, we’re sure this holiday will be something that you’ll always be thankful for!

Native American Costumes

Take time during your Thanksgiving celebration to acknowledge the Native American people who have always been a part of our nation’s history and heritage. When you dress in these Native American inspired costumes, you can play the role of proud dinner guests and friends of the early settlers from the very first Thanksgiving. We have costumes available for the entire family as well as lots of colorful costume jewelry pieces and feathered accessories. Create your scene or even a historical reenactment. When everyone gathers to enjoy the holiday festivities, you’ll know that you did your part to help spread around the “thanks.”

Men’s Native American Costume

Men’s Native American Costume

Have you always wanted to be a chief? Costume details like two braids, a fringe loincloth, and some suede moccasins will let you play the part this Thanksgiving. When you’re dressed in a Native American costume, there won’t be a need to say “pass the potatoes.” Because you’re going to be in charge, and everyone’s going to know that you get the potatoes first! Find yourself a nice Native American headdress and proclaim yourself chief of the Thanksgiving feast.

Women’s Native American Costume

Women’s Native American Costume

Native American costumes for women have signature details that are reminiscent of those worn by indigenous peoples of the past. Whether you want to don a Sacagawea costume or if a Pocahontas costume is more your style, the fringe on your costume will complete your historic look. Fringe on the headpiece, fringe on the dress, and of course, fringe on the heels! You can assemble this costume look by completing the dress’s theme with the shoe and wig accessories that we have available.

Native American Couples Costume

Native American Couples Costume

Be the couple that lets everyone know Thanksgiving has truly arrived. Show up in your matching couples’ costumes and squash the competition. (Pun intended!!) Nothing is cuter than matching couples’ hairstyles decorated with red feather headdresses, so make sure you pick up some of our wigs to complete the costume theme. Whether you’re bringing the little ones along, or are a new native couple on the hunt for holiday cheer, we’re sure you’ll be ruling your Turkey Day celebration in these American Indian costumes!

Boy’s Native American Costume

Boy’s Native American Costume

Preparation for the big feast might include hunting, fishing, or even harvesting corn. Your boy can channel his energy towards the big get-together with this Native American inspired costume. Fringe details make it look like something that might have been worn at that early Thanksgiving feast, and you can complete his look with a toy bow-and-arrow; as well as jewelry and moccasin accessories.

Girl’s Native American Costume

Girl’s Native American Costume

Pocahontas who? She can look better than that Disney princess by wearing this Native American themed girl’s costume. You can’t go wrong showing up to the big meal in fringe, feathers, and beads; so give her this fun look to let her explore history. We’re sure she we will be welcomed to the feast in this detailed costume look.

Learning about the past

Learning about the past

The indigenous people who lived near Plymouth Plantation were of the utmost importance to helping the Pilgrims from the Mayflower survive and establish their colony. As such, the Pilgrims were more than happy to have the Native American as their guests after their first successful harvest. They feasted and celebrated for 3 days, and while we might only get to celebrate Thanksgiving over one day, you can still instill some history into your children by outfitting them with these historically inspired costumes and accessories.

Thanksgiving Turkey Costume

Traditional and historical inspired costumes are always a hit during the holidays. And the fun doesn’t even need to include a historical reenactment; you can just relax in classic throwback gear. But since everyone knows that the real star of Thanksgiving is the turkey, why not up the ante on your costume fun and go as the main course? If you want to enjoy the limelight for a day, all you’ll have to do is dress up in a turkey costume and let out your best “gobble gobble gobble” when your guests arrive. A colorful Turkey outfit is going to make for some wonderful memories as well as some pretty funny pictures. We have Turkey costumes for adults and children, so that any member of the family can get featherlicious and gobbleriffic!

Adult Turkey Costume

Adult Turkey Costume

Looking for a grand entrance? Everyone’s sure to clap when the extra-large turkey waddles into the room. Sure, they will be excited to see you but they will be more excited to gobble you up. Can you blame them? Those wings look tasty! We kid of course, since this costume is comfy fleece, but you can be the life of the party when you go in this jumpsuit and headpiece combination. And, yes, it’s still perfectly A-Okay to indulge on the main course!

Baby Turkey Costume

Baby Turkey Costume

Baby Thanksgiving costumes are the cutest! Are we right or are we right? Even your grumpy uncle won’t be able to resist cracking a smile when they see your little one dressed in this colorful baby turkey costume. It’s cute but it’s definitely not too much for this holiday, because when your friends and family gather together, you’re going to want to showcase your delicious adorable little bundle of joy. Dress your baby or toddler in this turkey costume to complete your family’s Thanksgiving theme, or just to add an extra special touch to this year’s get-together.

Thanksgiving Costume Accessories for your Feast

Whether you are looking for the right pieces to complete your traditional Thanksgiving costumes, or just want to add a subtle festive look to your everyday clothing to celebrate the holiday, our collection of pilgrim and Native American inspired costume accessories have something for everyone. From a turkey hat to a full-fledged Mayflower get-up, we’ve got enough Thanksgiving inspiration to fill your table. Everyone knows that it’s the details that take an ordinary celebration and turn it into one that is remembered for years, so check out all of our most popular selections to add a unique touch to your Turkey Day!

Shoe Buckle

Shoe Buckle

Pilgrims could rely on the comfortable gold buckle loafer to support them throughout the day while they completed many grueling tasks. Even though you’re mostly going to be on the couch watching football, it’s still the perfect look to complete your costume. Just slip this gold buckle accessory onto your own black shoes to recreate the look.

Pilgrim Hat

Pilgrim Hat

This classic Pilgrim hat with a gold buckle will pull the whole Puritan costume look together. It will also match the gold buckles on your shoes and your belt. Whether you’re planning on feasting indoors or out, you’ll be ready for a party on the plantation!

Corn Cob Pipe

Corn Cob Pipe

There’s nothing like kicking off your loafers, sitting back, and lighting up the old corn cob pipe. Cause after all that tryptophan from the turkey has kicked in, you’ll be looking forward to some relaxation and quality time with the trusty pipe! While we really don’t recommend using any tobacco products, you can still recall the old-timey look with this classic accessory.

Native American Headdress

Native American Headdress

A headdress or a “war bonnet” means that you are a selfless leader and revered warrior. You’ll have no trouble getting a spot to sit at the head of the table when you show up to dinner dressed in this Native American headdress. Use it to complete your historical theme costume, and you’ll be ready to take part in the festivities!

Bow and Arrow

Bow and Arrow

Thankfully, you don’t have to hunt your own food (we hope!) but you can surely pretend to do so when you pick up this bow and arrow prop. Use it to complete your costume theme, or to let the younglings reenact a scene of their choosing. We think it’d be a good idea to have them play out a scene where everyone sets aside their toy weapons to enjoy the delicious turkey!

Fringe Moccasins

Fringe Moccasins

Fringe is in, and if you want to be taken seriously, you’ll need to add these costume shoes to your ensemble. Step out wearing these comfy moccasins and everyone will know that you mean business. You can pretend to hunt, gather, and explore in these trusty shoes that are similar in appearance to ones that American Indians wore.

Thanksgiving Trivia: Did you Know…

President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official Federal holiday in 1863.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924 and originally featured animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo rather than giant balloons.

Americans ate 736 million pounds of turkey during Thanksgiving 2012.

Since 1947 the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with a live turkey and two dressed turkeys in celebration of Thanksgiving. After the ceremony, the live bird retires to a historical farm to live out the rest of its years.

The heaviest turkey on record weighed 86 pounds.

An estimated 20% of cranberries eaten each year are consumed on Thanksgiving. More than 94% of Thanksgiving dinners include cranberry sauce.

An estimated 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving. Green bean casserole was created by Campbell’s in 1955 for an annual cookbook. Campbell’s now sells $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup each year.

The brand Stove Top introduced their famous boxed stuffing in 1972 and now sells around 60 million boxes of stuffing at Thanksgiving.

In 2010 the world record for the largest pumpkin pie was 3,699 pounds.

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, there you have it! Many of our favorite Thanksgiving costumes for kids, and Thanksgiving outfits so adults can join in on the fun, too. That’s how to have a Thanksgiving celebration worthy of all the turkeys, parades, and football that you can enjoy. We told you that everything’s better in costume, and if you haven’t tried Turkey day with a getup yet, we highly recommend it. If you’re brave enough we also like to spend other holidays in costume as well. We’d also like to wish you and yours a fantastic Thanksgiving, and we’re sure that your costume themed fun will work out great! Just remember after all that turkey and pie is fully digested, to pop back over to HalloweenCostumes.com to check out our Black Friday sale! Just kidding… (not really!).