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How the Election Is Changing Halloween

Big Bird costumes sell out weeks after Romney's remark


At least something’s injecting humor into the race for the presidency.

An offhand remark by Republican candidate Mitt Romney during a presidential debate has spurred a run on costumes featuring the beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird.

Romney might have said he loves the friendly avian, but the American people love like no other. With Romney saying he’d cut funding for public television — and therefore Public Broadcasting Service, and therefore Sesame Street — the country suddenly was alive with jokes about the candidate and the character.

Then the costumes started disappearing.

Retailers can’t keep anything — from authentic costumes to “sexy, skimpy mini dresses” — in stock, according to USA TODAY.  Even the knock-offs, unlicensed and illegal costumes, are running out of stock.

Curiously, the children’s character isn’t moving children’s costumes. It’s only the adults who have gone into a frenzy for the yellow outfits.

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