My daughter wanted to be a chicken (we have pet chickens), but she wanted to have a "baby chick that can grab candy"
Here's what we came up with:
She wanted to match our own chickens (Buff Orpingtons, shown here with another of our girls):
We dyed a white hoodie, feather boa and shorts the right color, then assembled -- the hoodie has a red wattle on top, not visible in the photo. Orange tights and shoe covers made from orange felted wool finished the easy part -- on to the more labor intensive part -- the chick!
For the chick, we started with a TRex toy from Target. He spent some time chasing everyone around the house, and sampling various groceries:
I replaced the inner workings with wire (they were cheap string) and added a clay beak, covering the teeth. I also modeled a wattle out of clay.
I painted the entire piece black, then painted the beak and wattle. His body is black knit with dyed/painted feathers and some chickie like padding to plump him up a bit and hide his dinosaur origins. I sewed a sleeve from black knit fabric, and then attached the sleeve to the hoodie so she could control the chick without anyone seeing her hand
Done -- he was a huge hit at the Halloween parade -- and trick or treating has been postponed until next week due to Hurricane Sandy, so he still has some candy coming to him!