Children wearing homemade creative costumes for Halloween is a rare sight nowadays. That’s because parents prefer buying the pre-made ones found in retail stores. The more practical choice of buying makes sense, especially when you have zero skills in the costume-making department.
These kids from Ohio probably have the best creative costumes for Halloween every year. That’s because their mom, Stephanie Pokorny, makes these incredible crocheted costumes for them to wear on this occasion.
Stephanie, also known as Crochetverse, produces pop culture-inspired costumes for her kids by employing her incredible crochet techniques. Each full-body outfit is unique and detailed, featuring special touches that make it stand out such as lighting embedded within the designs.
For Halloween this year, Stephanie’s creative costumes were Skeletor from Masters of the Universe and a Xenomorph from the Alien movie. Aside from incorporating characteristics like sharp teeth and plated armor, Stephanie has found a way to make Skeletor’s eyes to light up red and for the Xenomorph to glow in the dark. They are simply brilliant!
She first learned how to crochet when she was 16 years old, but it was only after her fourth son was born that she decided to hone the skill.
“My youngest son was the first recipient of one of these costumes,” Stephanie tells My Modern Met. “Over time, it has become an absolute tradition my boys look forward to. They get to tell me what they want to be and I then work to create it for them.”
Each outfit takes time to make, and her labor of love is evident once the finished product is seen.
“Each piece takes somewhere between 40 and 50 hours as of late, and I work on them over the course of a few weeks usually,” she said. “Each year, I really work to improve my skills and develop new ways to manipulate the crochet to achieve the results I desire.”
Stephanie takes a sculptural approach in her crocheted creations, which allows her to recreate the characters’ features no matter how complicated they may be. This makes the costumes instantly recognizable. Using yarn as material has an added benefit, too.
“We live in upper Ohio and so cozy crochet has really worked in our favor for Halloween,” she says. “Sometimes it snows here!”
Check out the gallery below to see some of the other costumes that Stephanie has created.