“Turkey In Disguise” Is the Thanksgiving Trend You’ve Never Heard Of

updated May 24, 2019
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Halloween might be over, but it’s never too late to celebrate an awesome costume, even if it’s going on a paper turkey rather than a human. Forget tracing your hand and turning it into a turkey, that’s so 20th century: kids these days (or their parents or teachers) have gotten more creative with their Thanksgiving crafting, and the hottest craft for these rainy November days is the turkey in disguise.

“The idea behind the project is that the turkey needs to hide so that it doesn’t get eaten for Thanksgiving dinner, so the kids get to create a disguise to help the turkey blend in — hiding in a Starbucks cup, a bucket of popcorn, or inside a gumball machine. “This little turkey wandered in,” says one version of the project, “looking for a place to stay. It’s trying to avoid being dinner on Thanksgiving Day. It needs a disguise, something to help it blend in.”

To make a hidden turkey, kids print off two copies of the turkey template, gluing one to a piece of thick board to be the hidden turkey and using the other as a stencil for cutting out pieces for the disguise — whether it’s a cupcake, a carrot-loving Easter bunny, or a Domino’s Pizza delivery guy. Some of the projects are just simple coloring to make it look like something else, but some of the kids get creative — with props, foodstuffs, and whatever else they can find.

Kids can get pretty out there with these, and some make more sense then others (I mean, we’re going to eat the cupcake, too, right?) but the best one out there might just be this turkey dressed up as a Chik-Fil-A cow encouraging people to “Eat Mor Chikin.” Meanwhile, the favorite turkey costume at our Thanksgiving table? Dinner.