Have you ever watched one of those Halloween movies, where everyone gets together for a big party, dressed in costume? The houses are decked out in spooky skeletons, ghosts and cobwebs, and there is always a massive table, laden with caramel apples, bat-shaped cookies and a bubbling cauldron of a punch bowl. Growing up, I wanted so badly for these excessive parties to be realities — and almost as soon as the first day of October rolls around on my desk calendar, I hope that somehow, this will be the year to make them so.
While I regret to admit that there is no ghoulish bash being penciled into my 2014 desk calendar, I still want to get into the Halloween spirit by picking up a pair of needles (wooden stakes, if you prefer) and yarn in festive colors! I pulled a few of my favorite patterns from Ravelry to share with you.
If you have a year like mine where you can plan ahead, think about making an Owls sweater! This seasonal pullover is great throughout fall and winter, but especially spooky around Halloween time. In a chunky yarn, it works up pretty quickly, and half the fun is finding buttons. There’s also a child-sized version called Owlet that would be squishy and warm in Swans Island Bulky.
Did you know that Portland is ranked as one of the Top 3 Cities for Trick-or-Treating in the US? With many events throughout the city and a variety of family friendly neighborhoods to stroll, it’s no wonder that the streets of Portland are often filled with costumed children begging door to door! (Check out this list of events for some ideas.) Since Beggar’s Night can often be a chilly evening, think about taking some festive mittens along, like these Candy Corn Stranded Mittens from Emily Elizabeth, or Adrian Bazilia’s Pirate Mittens.
It’s easy to turn a favorite hat pattern into something Halloween-themed. I love the idea of knitting Stephen West’s Botanic Hat in Paprika and Eggplant Forage! Get the kids in on the fun (even ones too little to wear a costume or ring doorbells) with the festive Candy Corn Hat by Sarah Sagaser.
Of course, any kiddo’s end goal is to come tromping home with a treasure trove of candy. But who says you have to have something store-bought to carry it home in? Think long term with the Hocus Pocus Trick or Treat Bag pattern from Thea Eschliman. As soon as you get it out each year, you’ll know it’s Halloween! After all, tradition is what makes each and every holiday fun.