It’s almost Halloween… the holiday for spooky fun, mysterious magic, and of course, plenty of treats! How do you plan to celebrate?
As the crafty sort, I’m always inspired during this season of creativity and mischief. You won’t find me trick-or-treating in a handmade costume, though. I’m much more likely to be cozied up with some hot cider and my favorite felting projects. But however you prefer to enjoy Halloween, there’s no doubt that it’s a time for festivity!
Halloween’s roots date back to ancient Celtic societies, where it was considered a liminal period in which spirits could cross realms and magical things could take place. Eventually, it combined with Catholic traditions to include rituals to honor our ancestors, hence the name All Hallows’ Eve (Oct. 31) and All Hallow’s Day (Nov. 1).
Halloween is also the transition from autumn to winter, so people also celebrate the harvest as they hunker down for the first frost. Common cool-weather produce such as pumpkins and other gourds historically doubled as lanterns, which we now associate with “spooky season.”
So, this holiday is much more than “Scary Monster Day.” It’s a time for gratitude, ingenuity, and perhaps a bit of magic! At least, that’s how I celebrate Halloween. I love crafting everything from cornucopias and pumpkins for those harvest vibes. And let’s be honest: needle-felting itself can be quite magical!
Here are some ideas for your Halloween felting projects:
- Grow your felted pumpkin patch by making more pumpkins!
- Needle-felt a jack o’lantern. (Tip: Start with the basic pumpkin felting kit and add black wool to make the grinning face.)
- Craft Halloween costumes and accessories for your felted animal friends. For example, you could give your bunny a witch’s hat or your teddy bear a tiny pumpkin to hold.
- Experiment with needle-felting to make other Halloween symbols, such as cauldrons, skeletons, or black cats. (These can be a fun challenge if you’re eager to master the art of needle felting!)
- Felt some classic Halloween treats such as candy corn or caramel apples. (Here’s a variety of orange wool perfect for all sorts of Halloween projects!)
- Staying in on Halloween? Get a jump-start on your winter-holiday projects and Christmas gifts. (December will be here before we know it!)
See, there are all sorts of magical crafts to do for Halloween! And the fiber arts are definitely magical — it’s so much fun to turn your creative vision into a wonderful artwork with a bit of wool and a needle! Plus, Halloween crafting makes me feel like part of a long tradition of artisans who adore harvest season.
And that’s a very nice “treat” indeed!