Presidential politics aside, it seems local costume shops are the ones who really stand to benefit from the debate over Big Bird. Our Lori Chung reports.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- There’s a lot to choose from at The Costumer in Schenectady, but it seems one get-up is getting more attention than others these days.
"You always get one little thing that adds that extra little umph into the season and this by far in the political season," said Eric Zenner, The Costumer Operations Vice President.
Big Bird, a character recognized by young and old alike. Mitt Romney's off-hand remark about Sesame Street's famous fowl during the presidential debate has sparked renewed interest in the character and inspired spoofs seen all round the web, given the republican candidate's promise to cut funds to PBS.
Zenner said, "We've gotten a lot of calls and we probably suspect it's going to be a college age, young adult type of setting that's going to try to do the whole big bird thing."
And this costume is one way to get in on the joke.
"I think it's amazing, I'm all for it," one person said.
Assuming you can pull off a perfect Big Bird impression.
This Big Bird get up is designed to fit everyone. Everyone should be able to pull this look off. All that’s required is you believe that, but despite the number of Big Bird interpretations on the web, here at shops like this, you'll only get the costume.
Zenner said, "In order for us to be able to sell this, we have to get it from a licensed vendor."
And this is the only design available from that vendor. No "will work for food" signs included. But the topic of the moment has dads like this guy who's leaving it up to his little girl thinking.
"If that's what she wants, that's what I'll be," he said.
Well he's off the hook, but other Halloween purists aren't ready to trade in the creepy and spooky for the feathery and friendly.
But, that all probably depends on how long Big Bird remains a topic on the election circuit.