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

Oct 22, 2010

by Chappell Ellison handmade and vintage goods

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!




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 said 6 years ago

    Great movie! I like!

  • batzy

    batzy said 6 years ago

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

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

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

  • aliloveyduvie

    aliloveyduvie said 6 years ago

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

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Super cute , like !

  • lindapaloma

    lindapaloma said 6 years ago

    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!

  • whatnomints

    whatnomints said 6 years ago

    Gaa! Love Hitchcock - Nice costume idea!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 6 years ago

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

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 6 years ago

    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! ;)

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 6 years ago

    Crazy Cool Article! Congrats!

  • denizgunes

    denizgunes said 6 years ago


  • whichgoose

    whichgoose said 6 years ago


  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

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

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 6 years ago

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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Cool idea!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    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.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

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

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Haven't watched this movie, great style though!

  • ekra

    ekra said 6 years ago

    Sweet idea for a last minute costume!

  • 1dream

    1dream said 6 years ago

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

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 6 years ago

    Cool! Love the movie and this finds :)

  • BenefitJewelsSupply

    BenefitJewelsSupply said 6 years ago

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

  • maamamics

    maamamics said 6 years ago

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

  • overthetopoverstock

    overthetopoverstock said 6 years ago

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

  • FishtailDesigns

    FishtailDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Great Idea! Thanks for sharing! ;)

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset said 6 years ago

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

  • urbbody

    urbbody said 6 years ago

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

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    What a cool idea for a last minute costume!

  • LeeOhio

    LeeOhio said 6 years ago

    Love this post!

  • choisette

    choisette said 6 years ago

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

  • DianesCloset

    DianesCloset said 6 years ago

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

  • ConservationClothing

    ConservationClothing said 6 years ago

    I list a lot, lot, lot of bird clothing so thanks 4 this piece. Here are a few….. PEACOCKS CHINATOWN vtg dress FARM CHICKS vtg skirt plus a blue birds masxi skirt and birdy embroidery top to come!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

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

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Fun piece! BIRD COLOR PHOTOS, 1800s gift book WILD TURKEYS vintage pitcher & glasses for Thanksgiving and other holidays

  • MezMerEyz

    MezMerEyz said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Talula

    Talula said 6 years ago

    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!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 6 years ago

    That was a great movie.

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 6 years ago

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

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

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

  • remodernseries

    remodernseries said 6 years ago


  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 6 years ago

    Big Hitchcock fan, love that movie!

  • redshoevintage

    redshoevintage said 6 years ago

    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 . . .

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    loved the movie Love the clothes THANKS !!!!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    The movie was great:)

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

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

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

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

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

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

  • MiaKaelyn

    MiaKaelyn said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Ahhh... memories Fun times.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    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..

  • ZeppoAprons

    ZeppoAprons said 6 years ago

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

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 6 years ago

    Great costume idea!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    simple picks that perfectly represent this brilliant movie. great!

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 6 years ago

    love it x x

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    I love that green dress..

  • pulpandpaisley

    pulpandpaisley said 6 years ago

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

  • riorita

    riorita said 6 years ago

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

  • Middleburg

    Middleburg said 6 years ago

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

  • rellaroo

    rellaroo said 6 years ago

    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!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Ooooooooh, love the green dress. Love the pictures

  • SageOfTheTrades

    SageOfTheTrades said 6 years ago

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

  • TheGlassyLassy

    TheGlassyLassy said 6 years ago

    What a cool idea. LOVE that green dress!

  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture said 6 years ago

    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!

  • quiteclever

    quiteclever said 6 years ago

    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.

  • branda

    branda said 6 years ago

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

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

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

  • DoonArt

    DoonArt said 6 years ago

    What a unique idea.

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 6 years ago

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

  • sarahE

    sarahE said 6 years ago

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

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 6 years ago

    Such a Great movie!

  • flirtbuttons

    flirtbuttons said 6 years ago

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

  • JojosBootique

    JojosBootique said 6 years ago

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

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket said 6 years ago

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

  • PressedLaceAndNib

    PressedLaceAndNib said 6 years ago

    what a great idea!

  • seasonsart1031

    seasonsart1031 said 6 years ago

    Great movie! Wonderful idea for Halloween!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

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

  • deepfried

    deepfried said 6 years ago

    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!! :)

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 6 years ago

    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

  • kandiieee

    kandiieee said 6 years ago

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

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • rockabillyrose

    rockabillyrose said 6 years ago

    I just sold my The Birds costume this year!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

    Love it, love it, love it!!!

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose said 6 years ago


  • Ellogovna

    Ellogovna said 6 years ago

    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!

  • TeamOhCanada

    TeamOhCanada said 6 years ago

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

  • ChocolateStarShop

    ChocolateStarShop said 6 years ago


  • iowajewel

    iowajewel said 6 years ago

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

  • LizardsRock

    LizardsRock said 6 years ago

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

  • anomalie

    anomalie said 6 years ago

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

  • adorned7

    adorned7 said 6 years ago

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

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    great costume idea & impeccable style! xo

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    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!

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 6 years ago

    Great idea! Beautiful finds!

  • vintagedazzle

    vintagedazzle said 6 years ago

    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.

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 6 years ago

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

  • WeThreeTrees

    WeThreeTrees said 6 years ago

    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!

  • nocarnations

    nocarnations said 6 years ago

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

  • sighfoo

    sighfoo said 6 years ago

    love this idea!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Great article!!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 6 years ago

    Frightful Movie! Great Article! Awesome Idea!

  • RosieJo

    RosieJo said 6 years ago

    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.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

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

  • lauraelvery

    lauraelvery said 6 years ago

    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.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 6 years ago

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

  • tibooks

    tibooks said 6 years ago

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

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

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

  • 2smooches

    2smooches said 6 years ago

    Nicely done!

  • 2smooches

    2smooches said 6 years ago

    Nicely done!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • OliverandAlexa

    OliverandAlexa said 6 years ago

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

  • brendastreasures

    brendastreasures said 6 years ago

    Neat idea. Really brings back the past.

  • whimsygraphicdesigns

    whimsygraphicdesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • vintagekraze

    vintagekraze said 6 years ago

    great classic halloween idea!! thanks!

  • IndyGrrrlProductions

    IndyGrrrlProductions said 6 years ago

    Awesome items. They fit perfectly with the movie.

  • liquidstar

    liquidstar said 6 years ago

    Great idea!

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 6 years ago

    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 ;)

  • twiliteprincess

    twiliteprincess said 6 years ago

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

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage green dress :)

  • fashionL

    fashionL said 6 years ago

    posts is great!!!!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 6 years ago

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

  • Aim413ee

    Aim413ee said 6 years ago

    Was contemplating this as a costume actually!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    That was a great movie ~ hauntingly beautiful

  • kateskrochet

    kateskrochet said 6 years ago

    Great movie & a great idea as a costume!

  • GlamRockEmporium

    GlamRockEmporium said 6 years ago

    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!

  • nordeasoaperie

    nordeasoaperie said 6 years ago

    what a creative costume idea!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    Great post and love that dress and pearls!!!

  • SweaterDeer

    SweaterDeer said 6 years ago

    I love this!

  • BellesBeader

    BellesBeader said 6 years ago

    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.

  • BellesBeader

    BellesBeader said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 6 years ago

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

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    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!

  • TuscaloosaRoad

    TuscaloosaRoad said 6 years ago

    How funny... I was Tipi Haloween 2008! I won first place in a contest. See here....

  • treesinterabithia

    treesinterabithia said 6 years ago

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

  • jessamae22

    jessamae22 said 6 years ago

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

  • SheilaS

    SheilaS said 5 years ago

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

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