He emerged as a breakout star from the first presidential debate and he's the focus of an Obama campaign ad . Now, he may be appearing at your friend's next Halloween party or on your doorstep at the end of the month.
Big Bird, the beloved "Sesame Street" character-turned-political football, might just be the Halloween costume to wear this election season. The feathered costumes started flying off shelves after Republican Mitt Romney mentioned the 8-foot bird during his debate against President Obama last week.
"Big Bird was a big surprise seller this year, " said Melody Bleak, a manager at New York's Halloween Adventure, which sold out of the costume earlier this week. The store started the season with about 20 in stock, she said. The same is true of Ricky's, an East Coast Halloween and beauty chain which was out of stock of the bird getup online.