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Children's Pilgrim Costumes for Thanksgiving

Updated on October 15, 2016

Dress Like a Pilgrim or an Indian for a Holiday or a Play

These pilgrim costumes look great for a Thanksgiving pageant or a school history program. Wouldn't it be fun for the children to dress in pilgrim costumes to read poems at the family's Thanksgiving gathering! If you are putting on a Thanksgiving pageant, then you'll want pilgrim and Indian costumes as well. Even adults can join in the Thanksgiving spirit with pilgrim costumes in their size as well. Here are costumes ready-to-wear or instruction to make your own.

If you want a classic historical look for Halloween you can't beat the American pilgrim costume and Indian costumes.

Just to add to the fun, I've found pilgrim dog costumes, Indian dog costumes and even a turkey costume for a child.

(photo courtesy of Amazon and it is available for purchase below)

Pilgrim Costumes

If you are handy, I've included some do-it-yourself tutorials. If on the other hand, you want to just keep it simple, there are ones to buy.

Pilgrim Costume for a Girl

Forum Novelties Pilgrim Girl Costume, Child's Small
Forum Novelties Pilgrim Girl Costume, Child's Small

This is really authentic looking and would be great for a school event or a holiday pageant. This is the classic style that you see on Thanksgiving cards and decorations.


Ways to Use the Costumes

  • You can re-enact the first Thanksgiving. Get a simple storybook from the public library or find the story of the pilgrims online. Read it aloud while the children act out the scenes.
  • Challenge the children to write and rehearse a funny Thanksgiving story. This can be a fun activity to keep the kids occupied while the Thanksgiving feast is prepared. After dinner, they can perform their skit.
  • If your child has to write and present a report for school about the pilgrims, get a costume to go with the presentation. You can keep it simple with just a pilgrim hat or go for the whole costume.

Pilgrim Boy Costume - Click through to Amazon to see other sizes and styles for this

Pilgrim Boy Child Costume - Large
Pilgrim Boy Child Costume - Large

This costume includes the shirt and pants, the white collar and cuffs and the Pilgrim belt.

Since the hat is not included, check out the links and video further down the page on how to make the Pilgrim hat.


Pilgrim Hat for a Child's Costume - Quality hat available on Amazon

Forum Novelties Super Deluxe Black Pilgrim Costume Hat with Buckle
Forum Novelties Super Deluxe Black Pilgrim Costume Hat with Buckle

This is a sturdy looking example of pilgrim headwear.


Pilgrim Hats, Shoes, Bonnets and Accessories

Think of the Memorable Pictures You'll Have from This Holiday

Be sure to take lots of pictures of the children in their pilgrim and Indian costumes. It will bring back great memories as you bring out the photo album over the years.
Be sure to take lots of pictures of the children in their pilgrim and Indian costumes. It will bring back great memories as you bring out the photo album over the years. | Source

Girl's Pilgrim Bonnet

Felt Pilgrim Bonnet Costume Hat
Felt Pilgrim Bonnet Costume Hat

Here's a different style of pilgrim bonnet. If you want to try making this yourself, you will need black felt and some ribbon.


Pilgrim Dog Costume - Click on the picture to see different sizes and styles

Pilgrim Boy Costume for Dogs - Size 2 (9.25" l x 12" - 14" g)
Pilgrim Boy Costume for Dogs - Size 2 (9.25" l x 12" - 14" g)

If your dog loves the attention it gets when wearing a costume, get this for him. Too cute and he will be the hit of Thanksgiving Day.


Video Tutorial for Making a Pilgrim Hat

Were you ever in a Thanksgiving Play?

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @ecogranny: I think when most people think of Indians and Thanksgiving, there's an appreciation that the Indians saved the pilgrims lives by bringing wild game and corn that they'd grown. The terrible treatment of the Indians over the years is certainly a poor way to repay their help.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Probably, in grade school. I actually don't remember!

      I've been reading a few articles this Thanksgiving season about the tragedy of smallpox and other diseases we Europeans brought to the Native populations here, as well as the decimation to their populations through violent land grabs from the earliest landings. These are things my teachers never taught in school, and I'm wondering how we might continue to celebrate this joyful day while learning about and remembering the people who taught us how to plant and grow corn and helped the few Europeans who survived those first terrible winters get through them.

      I hope you don't mind my bringing it up here. If you do, I will understand, because this is a playful, fun lens. These things are weighing heavily on my mind as I shop for groceries and bake pies and squashes for the upcoming feast.

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      When I was about 8 years old I was in a Thanksgiving Play at Vacation Bible School. I have no idea why we were doing a Thanksgiving play in the summertime, but it was very exciting at the time.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It would be nice to dress up in this way for thanksgiving.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      What a great idea to have costumes for two holidays. Fun lens.