If you're still looking for a Halloween costume this 2012 season and thought you'd go as "Big Bird", chances are you may not be able to wear this costume unless you make it yourself.
According to several media reports, Big Bird costumes have been "flying" off the shelves and many stores are saying the costume is sold out for the season.
The Democrat and Chronicle reported that in September when the National Retail Federation (NRF) listed its annual top Halloween costume list for 2012, topping the list were "Katniss" from The Hunger Games and "Catwoman" from The Dark Knight.
However, after the Oct. 3 debate between President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, top Halloween trends have changed. After Romney made the now famous "Big Bird" line in his comment about eliminating government funding for public television, the giant yellow costumes have become a top seller.
"I have one lonely Big Bird costume looking at me right now," says Marilynn Wick, president of the Costume World chain. "We have only got one left and all of our other stores are out."
Wick also noted that the new "Sassy Big Bird" costume for women is also a sell out. "We are out of them. Completely out of them," she told the media.
According to USA today, retailers are saying adult Big Bird costumes have sold out, but children-sized costumes of the popular Sesame Street have not changed.
"It's been insanity. It's just crazy," Cheryl Kerzner, vice president for product design and marketing for Disguise, Sesame Workshop's official costume maker, said. "We absolutely are sold out of Big Bird. We have had tons of requests from everyone, all of our retailers. We cannot give them more. We are sold out."
Those who have their heart set on a Big Bird costume this year, might get lucky enough to find one on eBay. Currently, there are some sellers that are offering the item for up to US$ 300 (one is currently listed for US$ 400); the women's "sassy" version is selling approximately for US $50 and up.
If this isn't an option, Tiffany Padua, an employee of Halloween Adventure in New York City that sold out Big Bird costumes almost immediately after the first presidential debate, offers an idea.
"We have just been telling people, 'Buy the Mitt Romney mask and put a beak on it,'" Padua said, reported USA Today.