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Last-Minute Halloween: Tippi Hedren in “The Birds”

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When it comes to suspense, no one does it like Hitchcock. Released in 1963, The Birds still ranks as one of the scariest movies on my personal list. If your costume situation is getting dire, look no further than Melanie Daniels, the scream queen of The Birds. Played by actress Tippi Hedren, Melanie spends much of the movie avoiding a barrage of birds while looking fabulous. A simple green dress and a few 1960s accessories are all you need to be your own Hitchcock heroine. But most importantly, make sure to adorn yourself with plenty of fake black birds. So practice that scream and start running from all those winged creatures!

 

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1960s Women’s Jacket

From urbbody, $22.

Vintage Green Dress

From mintagestyle, $64.

Faux Glass Pearl Necklace

By BumbershootDesigns, $23.50.

Vintage Ivory Purse

From badchollavintage, $32.

Vintage Bangle Watch

From ThisBlueBird, $26.

Fake Black Bird

From pinksupply, $4.60.

What last-minute costumes do you have in mind? Share in the comments!

  • Floralworld

    Floralworld says:

    Great movie! I like!

    3 years ago

  • batzy

    batzy says:

    This posts is great, I love Hitchcock´s work. It is very scary and conceptual.

    3 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage says:

    ahhh the birds right up there with the fly!!!

    3 years ago

  • aliloveyduvie

    aliloveyduvie says:

    WOAH!! My mom has wanted to be this costume for years and is finally this year, she already bought the birds....WIERD!

    3 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Super cute , like !

    3 years ago

  • lindapaloma

    lindapaloma says:

    My favorite movie. Hitchcock knew how to make a woman look beautiful, even when pursued by seagulls. Dressing vintage every day, not just on Halloween, is the secret. And if you want to wear birds on your head, by all means go for it!

    3 years ago

  • whatnomints

    whatnomints says:

    Gaa! Love Hitchcock - Nice costume idea!

    3 years ago

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign says:

    I saw the Movie when I was a Girl, I was soooo scared, never saw it again...

    3 years ago

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion says:

    Love the movie, the setting, the clothes but how did Tippi avoid getting any bird poo on her lovely outfits? There in lies the real genius of Hitchcock! ;)

    3 years ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Crazy Cool Article! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • denizgunes

    denizgunes says:

    Amazing!

    3 years ago

  • whichgoose

    whichgoose says:

    DO A FRIDA KAHLO ONE!!!!

    3 years ago

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques says:

    Great movie... Great article! Lovely vintage clothing.

    3 years ago

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard says:

    Love The birds. Love Alfred Hitchcock. The monologue he did about the birds is fabulous!

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Cool idea!

    3 years ago

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    Oh, this is so funny because a few days ago, I created a treasury dedicated to Alfred Hitchcock and included some great 'The Birds' inspired items! Great article. http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cb23c85b3b06d918aa4efae/honoring-alfred-hitchcock-this-halloween?index=12

    3 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    When I was a little girl, that movie was the scariest thing ever! What a great costume idea!

    3 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

    Haven't watched this movie, great style though!

    3 years ago

  • ekra

    ekra says:

    Sweet idea for a last minute costume!

    3 years ago

  • 1dream

    1dream says:

    I remembered that movie..I didnt like the film..

    3 years ago

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi says:

    Cool! Love the movie and this finds :)

    3 years ago

  • BenefitJewelsSupply

    BenefitJewelsSupply says:

    Super cute way to be a sophisticated lady...who's NOT Jackie O.

    3 years ago

  • maamamics

    maamamics says:

    !! This was my costume for three consecutive years - such a hit!

    3 years ago

  • overthetopoverstock

    overthetopoverstock says:

    Don't forget to paint red scratches all over for the complete effect!

    3 years ago

  • FishtailDesigns

    FishtailDesigns says:

    I'm a Hitchock fanatic, what a great idea!!! :)

    3 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Great Idea! Thanks for sharing! ;)

    3 years ago

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard says:

    That was a great movie. Tippi even looked great with her hair (somewhat) messed up while frantically running. She did alot of frantically running. She started it all and she was also the hero. ...Don't ever separate the lovebirds. :)

    3 years ago

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset says:

    Love that movie! What a great idea! I love crows!!!

    3 years ago

  • urbbody

    urbbody says:

    It was a great movie and yes, Tippi Hedren had style even while getting savagely pecked!

    3 years ago

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique says:

    What a cool idea for a last minute costume!

    3 years ago

  • LeeOhio

    LeeOhio says:

    Love this post!

    3 years ago

  • choisette

    choisette says:

    nobody did the cool, unattainable blonde better than tippi hedren and grace kelly.

    3 years ago

  • DianesCloset

    DianesCloset says:

    Another awesome costume idea! and as a vintage store, I've got to love anything that's drawing from our pool of sellers!

    3 years ago

  • ConservationClothing

    ConservationClothing says:

    I list a lot, lot, lot of bird clothing so thanks 4 this piece. Here are a few….. PEACOCKS CHINATOWN vtg dress http://www.etsy.com/listing/36682284/chinatown-new-york-peacocks-on-silk FARM CHICKS vtg skirt http://www.etsy.com/listing/59258140/agri-cool-farm-chicks-frida-kahlo-style plus a blue birds masxi skirt and birdy embroidery top to come!

    3 years ago

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire says:

    What a great costume idea! Oh, my gosh, how come I never think of these things?

    3 years ago

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy says:

    Fun piece! BIRD COLOR PHOTOS, 1800s gift book http://www.etsy.com/listing/36614183/1890s-birds-book-with-big-vintage WILD TURKEYS vintage pitcher & glasses for Thanksgiving and other holidays http://www.etsy.com/listing/34255796/turkey-hunt-gift-vintage-pitcher-with

    3 years ago

  • MezMerEyz

    MezMerEyz says:

    I've seen a variation of this costume in the Halloween stores opening up around town. but there's nothing like an outfit that's almost exact! how fun.

    3 years ago

  • Talula

    Talula says:

    I did that costume about 10 years ago... I had a vintage pink dress, mouton coat, white birds, and lots of fake blood... Hubby went as Norman Bates, dressed like his mother (complete with gray wig and fake rubber knife)... he sat in a rocking chair on our front porch to hand out candy, and the adults wouldn't come to the door! So much fun!

    3 years ago

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara says:

    That was a great movie.

    3 years ago

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker says:

    i've seen this movie once and really liked it. this blog post makes me want to rent old horror flicks for the weekend.

    3 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    I am going as a crow...an old one! This is high holiday season for this retired tv/movie costumer!

    3 years ago

  • remodernseries

    remodernseries says:

    wonderful.

    3 years ago

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica says:

    Big Hitchcock fan, love that movie!

    3 years ago

  • redshoevintage

    redshoevintage says:

    Wow - THANK YOU for that blast from the past! LOVED the movie, loved Tippi Hedren. Saw her in Marni too, fantastic psycho-thrillers !!! GREAT JOB putting together her Wardrobe with Etsy shops. YOU ROCK, Girl . . .

    3 years ago

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin says:

    loved the movie Love the clothes THANKS !!!!

    3 years ago

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr says:

    The movie was great:)

    3 years ago

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop says:

    One of my all time FAVORITE movies! And Tippi Hedren - thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    The Birds is one of my favorite horror flicks! Wish I could find places that aired this movie on the big screen.

    3 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    I was terrified of that show as a kid--- BUT SO LOVED Alfred Hitchcock movies. And still do!

    3 years ago

  • MiaKaelyn

    MiaKaelyn says:

    I saw a woman dressed as "Melanie" a few years ago... she looked so much like her.... thought she had stepped right out of the movie! Great idea for a costume... very classic!

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Ahhh... memories Fun times.

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Loved the movie! I don't feel scared of birds except if they let go of their poop on your head!

    3 years ago

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha says:

    Love Hitchcock:) Great choice! A great costume filled suspense Hitchcock movie (less horror, more caper) is To Catch a Thief. Grace Kelly wears Louis XVII era dresses throughout the movie. Very fun movie to watch and a feast for the eyes..

    3 years ago

  • ZeppoAprons

    ZeppoAprons says:

    Great idea for a costume.. Nothing beats Hitchcock as the scariest of all time...

    3 years ago

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta says:

    Great costume idea!

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    simple picks that perfectly represent this brilliant movie. great!

    3 years ago

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique says:

    love it x x

    3 years ago

  • candacejean

    candacejean says:

    I love that green dress..

    3 years ago

  • pulpandpaisley

    pulpandpaisley says:

    haha I was Tippi Hedren in 1999! I still have the costume:)

    3 years ago

  • riorita

    riorita says:

    I remember that first scare I had from this movie! That was LOOOONG ago!

    3 years ago

  • Middleburg

    Middleburg says:

    Luv Hitchcock, Luv The Birds and luv the idea... a little blood and you have got it! Happy Halloween.

    3 years ago

  • rellaroo

    rellaroo says:

    That movie scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid! The medical assistant at my doctor's office had a great idea for the doctor's computer nerd who had on scrubs today and when I commented on him doing double duty, she said he should do a half and half costume - one side computer nerd and the other side handsome doctor!

    3 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Ooooooooh, love the green dress. Love the pictures

    3 years ago

  • SageOfTheTrades

    SageOfTheTrades says:

    I still have yet to see that movie, it might be too scary for me. XD

    3 years ago

  • TheGlassyLassy

    TheGlassyLassy says:

    What a cool idea. LOVE that green dress!

    3 years ago

  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture says:

    I did this a few years ago! It was a great success! I highly recommend it to anyone still looking for a costume. If you attach the birds loosely with thread, they will fly around a bit when you move. It's lots of fun!

    3 years ago

  • quiteclever

    quiteclever says:

    I went as Tippi Hedren for Halloween two years ago. I just wore a grey business suit from Goodwill and attached craft birds all over my hair and outfit. I then drizzled fake blood strategically and ripped some spots on my jacket. It was a great costume and so much fun.

    3 years ago

  • branda

    branda says:

    Tippi Hedren is one of the most beautiful womens in the cinema story! Birds is excellent!

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    So great. So great. I love your costume ieas!

    3 years ago

  • DoonArt

    DoonArt says:

    What a unique idea.

    3 years ago

  • genisepark

    genisepark says:

    Love that movie,scared the crap out of me... am a big Hitchcock fan.... great idea quiteclever for a costume.

    3 years ago

  • sarahE

    sarahE says:

    I saw this idea in my most recent issue of BUST magazine and love it!!! What a great idea!

    3 years ago

  • 1AEON

    1AEON says:

    Such a Great movie!

    3 years ago

  • flirtbuttons

    flirtbuttons says:

    I already have the wig, just need to get my green on!

    3 years ago

  • JojosBootique

    JojosBootique says:

    Way cute idea. Want to see the movie again - it's a Halloween classic.

    3 years ago

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket says:

    great style! great design! great movie! enjoyed the immensely!!!!

    3 years ago

  • PressedLaceAndNib

    PressedLaceAndNib says:

    what a great idea!

    3 years ago

  • seasonsart1031

    seasonsart1031 says:

    Great movie! Wonderful idea for Halloween!

    3 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    This is so fun. I'd love to go to a party as Tippi Hendren.

    3 years ago

  • deepfried

    deepfried says:

    One of my all time favorite movies!! I met Tippi in Bodega Bay! True.. took a picture in front of the old school house / church :) LOVE LOVE this post!! :)

    3 years ago

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal says:

    Lovely elegant vintage dresses, Those birds frightened me for awhile when I was young. We studied Alfred H in College. He is known to have cameo appearances in many of his movies. Tippi Hedren is Melanie Griffith's Mom

    3 years ago

  • kandiieee

    kandiieee says:

    I wore this costume several years ago and it was a huge hit! I totally recommend it! :)

    3 years ago

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry says:

    The Birds is one of my favorite movies, I pretty much love everything Hitchcock did. Tippi had a great look in that movie, so stylish. Thanks for a wonderful article!

    3 years ago

  • rockabillyrose

    rockabillyrose says:

    I just sold my The Birds costume this year! http://www.etsy.com/transaction/33430407

    3 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    Love it, love it, love it!!!

    3 years ago

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose says:

    CLASSIC

    3 years ago

  • Ellogovna

    Ellogovna says:

    One of my english teachers in high school did this one year for Halloween! She got an old thrift store suit and covered it in fake birds and blood, very creative!

    3 years ago

  • TeamOhCanada

    TeamOhCanada says:

    What a great costume idea! You don't have to look scary to have a scary outfit.

    3 years ago

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  • iowajewel

    iowajewel says:

    so nice to see a classic movie as a halloween theme! love all things hichcock!! thanks so much!

    3 years ago

  • LizardsRock

    LizardsRock says:

    I made this costume last year. My favorite part was a headband to which I hot-glued a black crow and feathers.

    3 years ago

  • anomalie

    anomalie says:

    Haha, this was my plan since Sept. Just got all the pieces the other day.

    3 years ago

  • adorned7

    adorned7 says:

    The Birds! Seeing the vintage clothing reminds me of being a little girl!

    3 years ago

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie says:

    great costume idea & impeccable style! xo

    3 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    That movie gave me nightmares for weeks when I was a kid! Tippi Hedren's sooo stylish in it though, I'd love to look like that all the year round!

    3 years ago

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage says:

    Great idea! Beautiful finds!

    3 years ago

  • vintagedazzle

    vintagedazzle says:

    Great idea! I am going as a zombie. My town has an annual "Zombie walk" in a retro shopping district. I might have my husband dress as a grave digger and put me in a wheelbarrow.

    3 years ago

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy says:

    Saw a girl as this years ago-she won best costume-karo syruped pillbox hat and all! FUN!

    3 years ago

  • WeThreeTrees

    WeThreeTrees says:

    Ever since I saw this movie in grade school, I've been secretly afraid that birds will randomly attack me one day.. haha. Also Tippi Hedren came into the restaurant where I worked while I was in high school. In central Illinois. Pretty random :). I love the costume ideas. Never wouldve thought of this, OR Daria!

    3 years ago

  • nocarnations

    nocarnations says:

    Little Edie Beale~ "Its the perfect costume for the day"

    3 years ago

  • sighfoo

    sighfoo says:

    love this idea!

    3 years ago

  • shop1848

    shop1848 says:

    Great article!!

    3 years ago

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims says:

    Frightful Movie! Great Article! Awesome Idea!

    3 years ago

  • RosieJo

    RosieJo says:

    This is like my most favourite costume idea ever - I love it. Such a good film - my aunt can't stand anything fluttery since she saw that movie.

    3 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    uuuuhhh, pretty, love the green vintage...wish I had a dozen of those birds to hang from my chandelier...happy halloweenie!

    3 years ago

  • lauraelvery

    lauraelvery says:

    I chanelled Tippi Hedren and wore this costume a few years ago for Halloween: black sixties dress, huge messed-up hair and weeping mascara. I tried putting handmade birds in my hair, but that failed. So some feathers in my hair and stitched onto the dress did the trick.

    3 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Love the greens! Great "The Birds" graphic. Happy Halloween to everyone!

    3 years ago

  • tibooks

    tibooks says:

    About ten years ago my friend Prue came up with this costume. He looked fab in his dress covered with birds and blood.

    3 years ago

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane says:

    He has so many good movies! Really a pioneer in his day!

    3 years ago

  • 2smooches

    2smooches says:

    Nicely done!

    3 years ago

  • 2smooches

    2smooches says:

    Nicely done!

    3 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    I still think of this movie when migrating flocks of starlings rest in nearby trees. They're just doing what comes naturally & it's not scary but the film surely was.

    3 years ago

  • OliverandAlexa

    OliverandAlexa says:

    That minty green is to die for. Great costume idea!

    3 years ago

  • brendastreasures

    brendastreasures says:

    Neat idea. Really brings back the past.

    3 years ago

  • whimsygraphicdesigns

    whimsygraphicdesigns says:

    I love this movie so much that my dog is named Tippi after Tippi Hedren:)

    3 years ago

  • vintagekraze

    vintagekraze says:

    great classic halloween idea!! thanks!

    3 years ago

  • IndyGrrrlProductions

    IndyGrrrlProductions says:

    Awesome items. They fit perfectly with the movie.

    3 years ago

  • liquidstar

    liquidstar says:

    Great idea!

    3 years ago

  • jungledread

    jungledread says:

    Love the idea. A few friends of mine are dressing as "literal interpretations of a band/musician name" So we have a Radiohead (a cut up cardboard box that looks like a radio to wear over her head) The Beatles (covered in plastic beetles) Aerosmith (dressed as a blacksmith, with Aero bars) Green day (dressed in green, wearing a calender) Supergrass (covered in astroturf with a superman S) ...and of course, Smashing Pumpkins ;)

    3 years ago

  • twiliteprincess

    twiliteprincess says:

    1 Hitchcock heroine and a dozen fake black birds coming right up. Creepier and more unusual than bats ofr this time of year.

    3 years ago

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig says:

    Love the vintage green dress :)

    3 years ago

  • fashionL

    fashionL says:

    posts is great!!!!

    3 years ago

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago says:

    that is such a great movie! so beautiful and spooky.

    3 years ago

  • Aim413ee

    Aim413ee says:

    Was contemplating this as a costume actually!

    3 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    That was a great movie ~ hauntingly beautiful

    3 years ago

  • kateskrochet

    kateskrochet says:

    Great movie & a great idea as a costume!

    3 years ago

  • GlamRockEmporium

    GlamRockEmporium says:

    I once wore a "Hitchcock Heroines" including a shower curtain around me (Psycho), and some birds in my hair. I love Hitchcock's work and he is truly inspiring for this awesome holiday!

    3 years ago

  • nordeasoaperie

    nordeasoaperie says:

    what a creative costume idea!

    3 years ago

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl says:

    Great post and love that dress and pearls!!!

    3 years ago

  • SweaterDeer

    SweaterDeer says:

    I love this!

    3 years ago

  • BellesBeader

    BellesBeader says:

    What a great idea!! I'll never forget seeing The Birds at the drive-in with my Mom and a girlfriend way back. I haven't liked birds since then! Hithcock's women are all beautiful, Kim Novak and Grace Kelly, to name a couple more.

    3 years ago

  • BellesBeader

    BellesBeader says:

    What a great idea and clever ways to put it all together! I'll never forget seeing The Birds at the drive-in with my Mom and a girlfriend. We were all screaming!! I've never liked birds since then.

    3 years ago

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign says:

    "Birds" is a CULT movie from Hitchcock..I really love it!

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Classy costume, I've always liked birds though so I've never really been that intimidated by the film. Although if you've seen the extras on how they made it they freaked her out so much so she'd really scream!

    3 years ago

  • TuscaloosaRoad

    TuscaloosaRoad says:

    How funny... I was Tipi Haloween 2008! I won first place in a contest. See here.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/tuscaloosa/3031265410/in/set-72157606470721545/

    3 years ago

  • treesinterabithia

    treesinterabithia says:

    What a good idea!! I think I have seen someone do this before. The picks you choose are perfect though, nice job.

    3 years ago

  • jessamae22

    jessamae22 says:

    my boss actually did this a couple of years ago, and she looked amazing! Love the choices here--that green dress is fabulous!

    3 years ago

  • SheilaS

    SheilaS says:

    Really brilliant costume. The fun is always in the little details, hence, the slim gold watch, etc.

    2 years ago