Costumes might make the trick-or-treater, but it's accessories that really say Halloween.
Cosmotot's Witchin' Halloween Guide ensures that kids are at their cutest with a round-up of handknit, hand-stitched, ready-to-wear and snuggle pieces that simply are craftiness at its finest.
Blabla is never one to disappoint, and their Boogaloos are no exception. Produced by a collaborative of Peruvian artisans, the huggable, quirky dolls make an excellent costume compliment, particularly Gretl, Watson, Shane and Johnny (think fairytales, detectives, sheriffs and bikers), not to mention Mr. X, who looks like he could be Cousin It's long lost relative.
Natural fibers made from hand-picked cotton mean that each soft, snuggly chum is machine washable, making them the perfect kid-sized bedfellows for parents (ok, me) who don't like having leaf bits and candy crumbs between the covers.
BabyLegs makes it easy to rock the layered look with a wide range of lightweight legwarmers that work for babies from 0-10 years old. Yep, you read correctly. 10 years old. With everything from funky animal prints to dots and solids to itsy bitsy spider themes, there's something to mix and match for everyone.
Every kid knows that nothing ruins a costume faster than weather so cold mom and dad pull out a winter coat and hat. But, with handknit veggie- and fruit-themed hats from MyMarketStall, keeping little noggins toasty yet costumey is entirely possible.
Each original design (think fall bounty: pumpkins, eggplants, rutabagas, green apples, scallions complete with those squiggly hairs and more) is made from soft cotton or cozy wool by Farmer's Market vendor, Jackie, and can be thrown in the wash. When dried flat, they won't lose their shape, which means longer wearing time - a bonus for pricey handmade goodness.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
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