Crafter Stephanie Pokorny creates the best Halloween costumes for her kids. Pokorny, also known as Crochetverse, produces pop culture-inspired ensembles for her boys using crochet techniques. Each full-body outfit is crafted with fine details and special touches like real lighting that's embedded within the designs. For Halloween 2019, Pokorny has just fashioned Skeletor from Masters of the Universe and a Xenomorph from the Alien film franchise. In addition to characteristics like ferocious teeth and plated armor, Pokorny has engineered Skeletor's eyes to light up red and for the Xenomorph to glow in the dark.
Despite having first learned the craft when she was 16 years old, it wasn’t until Pokorny’s fourth son was born that she started to really flex her crochet skills. “My youngest son was the first recipient of one of these costumes,” she 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.”
The handcrafted Halloween costumes are a true labor of love. “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 explains. “Each year, I really work to improve my skills and develop new ways to manipulate the crochet to achieve the results I desire.” Her sculptural approach to crochet makes it possible to recreate the characters' elaborate features and makes the costumes instantly recognizable. Choosing to work with yarn has another benefit, too. “We live in upper Ohio and so cozy crochet has really worked in our favor for Halloween,” Pokorny says. “Sometimes it snows here!”