Crochet Halloween Costumes

I used to make crochet Halloween costumes for my kids. The biggest effort was in 2011 when my children became a princess and medieval prince.
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I was cruising around the internet, as one does, and found an interesting article about Stephanie Pokorny. She’s an Ohio mom who has gone viral for the incredible Halloween costumes she creates for her children.

Halloween Costumes I’ve Made

It got me thinking of the costumes I used to make for my kids. The biggest effort was in 2011 when my children were then 5 and 3.

My daughter was a princess and my son was a knight.

I even had enough yarn leftover to make them trick or treat bags to collect their candy in!

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2011 Knight & Princess Halloween Costumes

Choosing A Pattern

Strolling through the craft aisles one rainy afternoon, I stumbled across the Red Heart pattern book, “Princesses and Heroes“.

I saw it and KNEW it was going to be an instant hit with the kids! They each got to point to the costume they wanted and off I went to stock up on supplies.

I don’t know who was more excited – the kids or me. Let me say, there were lots of late nights but it was SO worth it.

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About to head out for the night!

The Big Reveal

Taking the children trick or treating that night, I was thrilled when finally, after houses and houses and houses, one neighbour exclaimed “Oh my goodness! Did somebody crochet that for you?!”.

My heart swelled up to my throat and I think I even blushed as I waited from the sidewalk.

It obviously made an impression as I’m still talking about it today!

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As I read the article on Stephanie Pokorny and the incredible costumes she makes her children, I smiled to myself.

My creations may have only been recognized by one bachelor that night, but that doesn’t matter. My children had the gift of a handmade Halloween costume from their mother.

After their official debut, the costumes ended up in our toybox and made for many years of dress-up costumes which also made me happy they could find more of a use.

Clothes make a statement.

Costumes tell a story.

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Big Impressions

My children’s handmade costumes made me realize that not everybody has someone who can make for them as I can, so I made my character hats more than just a hat.

The hats are designed to encourage children to use them as costumes to become their favourite characters.

If you are scrambling for a last-minute Halloween costume, why not make one of the hats for your little one and make a costume around it?

I have patterns available in both crochet and knit versions in the shop.

Please let me know if you get comments on your handmade powers too!

This article was featured in the Guelph Local lifestyle section on October 30, 2019.

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Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth is a children's book author and designer of knit and crochet character hats under the brand The Ruthless Crafter. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, spend time with her family, and swim. She lives a full, happy life in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.

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  1. So much to love about those costumes! Perfect for the cooler climate since they can wear it as the top layer. And it’s available for dress-up/imaginative play all year round! Mom, that was a winner for sure.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the costumes. I did like them to layer – especially in Canada where I believe that year they had to wear their winter coat and mittens. Thanks for the comment love <3

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