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Coolest Hitchcock Costume – Tippy from The Birds

I wanted to make a unique costume that people would recognize, but would stand out from the crowd. I love Alfred Hitchcock so Tippy from “The Birds” was an easy pick.

I took a vintage suit from Goodwill, sliced it up, and added coagulated blood for effect. I used a prosthetic eye, to make it seem that my eyeball was dangling. I put my hair up in a bun and pulled my hair out, to appear that the birds attacked me. I attached some hair to the crows, so when I moved they would seem like they were pulling my hair. I smeared blood on my forehead, arms, and legs. I had to get the crows online, but if you shop early you should be able to find them at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. The crows have wire under their feet.

I think the biggest challenge was getting them to stay attached to my suit. I used wire hangers with the cardboard tubing along my shoulders. I got cars pulling over, screaming “Tippy!!” and I won the costume contest.

A little about me… Halloween is my favorite Holiday. My house is the favorite on our housing community. I’m a beauty school drop out that loves makeup. I’m self taught on the effects side and love to shop for my Halloween outfits at the Goodwill.

I have yet to lose a Costume Contest.

My son is one of my victims… he is 17 and still likes to dress up. He doesn’t like doing it for the candy anymore, but if he gets a slammed door in his face he takes it as a compliment. I’ve been told that I missed my calling. One day my dream will come true to be a special effects makeup artist for thrillers.

Have Fun!!


Woochie Makeup (Party City)
Coagulated blood (Party City)
Prosthetic eye (Party City/Spirit Store)
Woochie Spirit Gum (Don’t skimp on the brand or your be sorry)
Bobby pins (hair)
Crows (Hobby Lobby or Michael’s)
Lime Green Suit (Goodwill is your friend)
Wire Hangers- (to go under suit to allow crows to hold on to – local dry cleaners)

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9 thoughts on “Coolest Hitchcock Costume – Tippy from The Birds”

  1. your great at make up do you have any more??
    What you should do well if you want is post things like this on youtube your would become famous! I love your work

  2. Loved you costume and yes, you should be a make up artist. I’ve looked at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joanne Fabrics all the Halloween party stores and cannot find the crows. I can’t even find bigger size birds to spray paint black. I need them this Friday, any suggestions? Would you sell me yours??? Desperate in Chicago

  3. Hey Linda! I don’t know when you posted your comment, but, I found ravens at Floraltrims.com. Might be Floraltrim.com, try searching both.

  4. Hey Linda,

    I came across HANKENIMPORTS.COM website. They have so many sizes of crows that it is unbelievable. Matter of fact their bird selection
    is large. They are going to be my source for my costume in 2010, already thinking of ideas.

  5. i went to tom thumb hobby store in evanston-don’t know where you are from-but thought i would let u know cause i had a hard time finding them too. they were 5.99 each then i bought small ones for legs and painted them black.

  6. I bought my birds at the Dollar Store – $1 each – some even had wings stretched out as if they were flying. Cant wait to put it all together.

  7. Even in 2011, I find this look fascinating. I’m wondering how you arrange the hangar underneath the suit….do you cut the hangar the length of one’s shoulder, or keep the whole hangar and bend and attach to suit with what? My apologies, I am not a crafty person but would love to look the look. Thank you all for your help!!!!


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