Eric Church Shares His Big Bird Halloween Story


Eric Church has put his trick-or-treating days behind him, but he says there was one Halloween in particular that really stands out to him. While he was still living in North Carolina, he and a couple of friends went to nearby Chapel Hill to visit with some friends who were students at the University of North Carolina. The town’s main street, called Franklin Street, fills up with partyers every Halloween who are all decked out in costumes.

Eric says he and his buddies were unaware that they had to be in costume until they were already on the way, so they made a quick stop to pick something up. He tells us: “We stopped at a costume place in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s Halloween, so there’s a run on everything, and they had the full costume, Sesame Street outfits. The real deal. The real ones (with) feathers and fur. We were Elmo, Cookie Monster and I was Big Bird, and the Big Bird was the actual Big Bird. It’s about 7-foot-4, and you looked out of the body and then you had these straps that went on since the head was a lot higher. There’s a lot of beer involved in Franklin Street, so we get down there and as the night went on, my straps broke, so the head would pivot. And so, I would be walking one way and the head would be facing the other, and it just became this funny . . . I didn’t know the head was on backwards. I had no idea. I see out of the body, so I’m just kinda walking around and people were talking to my ass-end. (laughs) The whole time people would come up and start talking and go, ‘Hey, turn around.’ And I’d turn around, and they’d go, ‘No turn around.’ It was a mess.”

Eric will participate in the tribute concert to George Jones, taking place on November 22nd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show is already sold out.

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