Mom Crochets Slimer, E.T. and Predator Halloween Costumes for Young Sons

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Who knew E.T. could be so cute and cuddly?

Not only did Cleveland mom Stephanie Pokorny design her sons’ unique Halloween costumes, she hand-crocheted the masterpieces, stitch by stitch.

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“My goal is to almost make it look like I’m transforming my child into the character completely,” Pokorny told “As opposed to him just putting on a costume, my goal is to make it almost like he is one with it.”

While this year, her 3-year-old son Jack will dress as Slimer from "Ghost Busters," she has also outfitted her boys as E.T., Papa Smurf, a garden gnome, Predator, the caterpillar from "Alice in Wonderland" and Harry Potter.

She explained her dedication comes from “a love of nurturing imagination and a fun approach to life and having that with my children and allowing them to know that they can have fun.”

Instead of following instructions or using a pattern, Pokorny explained she crochets her creations freehand.

“I start with whatever my children request and then I take to yarn and hook and I build from the floor up,” she explained. “I do the body first and then I always save the face for last because I feel like that’s when the piece really comes to life, especially the eyes.”

Each costume weighs only a few pounds – about as heavy as a sweater – and uses up about 2,000 yards of yarn. They can take anywhere from 25 to 40 hours to make.

“My inspiration probably started out when I was a little kid and my mom made costumes for me,” she said. “When I was very young, she made me a Rapunzel [costume] with a real long braid made out of yarn.

"That was probably about the second grade, and I still remember that.”


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