Teddy’s back: costumed bear returns for another lockdown in Christchurch


Christchurch mother Alice McDonald wondered how to dress her giant teddy bear.

McDonald, who works for events company Venues Ōtautahi, resurrected the giant teddy bear she made famous during last year’s lockdown. And she told One News that she has a whole new line of costumes planned.

Her four-year-old son Finn Toth-McDonald, who frequents BestStart Aidanfield, and the rest of the family think the characters are hilarious.

Each night she dresses the bear in a new costume, and then at 8 a.m. the next day, the teddy bear is on display outside her home in Hillmorton.

“Got a lot of people through, it’s good to help entertain families,” she told One News.

“I get a few people going for car rides and walking as far as they can. People ask ‘where are you?’ (on social media) and they walk and cycle. “

Teddy played 45 different characters last year, ranging from a fisherman on a boat to Joe Exotic from Tiger King.

And that lockdown, McDonald’s spread joy again in his community, turning bear into prisoner, toilet paper hoarder “Karen,” a Sunday church priest and his son’s favorite movie character from Moana.

“It’s a good way to have social interactions, we are there to talk to people at the door, at a social distance… I’m just happy I made other people happy and it allowed me to continue, ”she told One News.

McDonald’s has around 15 character ideas in mind and has received many more costume suggestions.

“It’s all in my head and I bounce ideas off my neighbor when we sit by the fence and have a beer and wine,” she told One News.

McDonald’s wouldn’t shop if she couldn’t find the necessary items around her house.

“Some of the simpler ones are pretty cool.”

The idea was started last year when people around the world started displaying teddy bears in their windows during the pandemic.

McDonald told One News a family dropped by on Monday morning and called their family in Australia to show the Moana screen.

She also created calendars last year and sold them for $ 15 each, raising nearly $ 3,000 for KidsCan.

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