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Our Thanksgiving costumes will have you ready to celebrate in style! Dress up in one of our turkey costumes for a funny Thanksgiving costume. Or if you need some fresh Thanksgiving costume ideas, we have plenty of options to jumpstart your holiday. We also carry a wide variety of pilgrim costumes, just in case you want to create a classic Thanksgiving look this year. Check out these great Thanksgiving outfits!
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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). Legend has it that some Native American 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.

However you choose to celebrate, enjoy the holiday with your family and friends!

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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 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!

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 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.

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!

Thanksgiving Trivia: Did you Know…

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!).

  • 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.