What costume does Scout wear to the Halloween party in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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mlsldy3 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scout is really excited to wear her costume. The Halloween party is the big event of the fall. The party is about the agriculture of Maycomb County. Scout is going as a ham.

Jem takes Scout in her ham costume to the pageant. Scout can't get the ham costume off, so she wears it on the way home. Scout's ham costume saves her from a lot of trouble.

Jem and Scout are walking through the woods and hear that someone is following them. Scout can't really see out of her costume, but she hears when someone attacks Jem. We learn that it is Bob Ewell, and he tries to stab Scout, but her costume saves her life.

She hates having to wear the ham costume because it is itchy to her, but she realizes that it saved her life. If it hadn't been for the costume, Scout could have possibly died that night.

Along with Scout and her ham costume, e are drawn into conflicting worlds of innocence and racism. We are taught to believe in what's right and to fight for it.  

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This Halloween pageant is supposed to be about agricultural products from Maycomb.  Because of that, Scout goes as a ham.

The ham costume is made of chicken wire (for the frame) which is then covered with brown cloth.

Although she really hates it (it itches, she can't scratch) the costume ends up saving Scout when she and Jem are attacked by Mr. Ewell as they are walking home from the party.  Ewell breaks Jem's arm and has apparently tried to stab Scout, but Scout's costume kept the knife from getting at her.

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scout wears ham costume. She was to be playing a pork in the Maycomb County harvest celebration. Mrs. Merriweather organized this pageant and assigned roles to several children to play agricultural products of the county. The purpose of this play was to display and celebrate the couty's agricultural heritage.

It's a good thing Scout wore this ham costume made of chicken wire and paper mache because it saved her from certain injury when she was attacked on her way home from the pageant.

kristawatts | Student

It was a halloween pagent. she had to dress up as some kind of pork so she had a ham costume


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