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A Halloween costume hat can come in pretty handy. It works as a last minute costume, or you can bring it along if you’re not sure the party requires costumes or not. It will keep you warm while you stumble around in a midnight corn maze and it’s great for costume day at work if lugging fairy wings home on the subway is impractical. If you knit or crochet there are some great patterns out there.

The Fall 2007 Knitty includes this pattern for a Jackyll & hide hat. It cleverly disguises itself as a warm cap by day.

This Brain Eating Monster Hat combines humor that both kids and adults will appreciate, and the pattern is free.

Also at Knitty is this pattern for the Desperate Housefrau, a knitted wig in curlers.

Bleu Arts‘s knitted Leia Wig is a great mix of pop culture and pop craft. If you don’t knit, you can buy a fleece version in her Etsy shop.

Forums like Craftster and ThreadBanger are great for inspiration and ideas. I love this knitted Monster Hat and Scarf, the scarf pull through is clever. The crocheted Elf or Faun Earflap Hat is perfect for cold nights watching over tireless trick or treaters. This Pig Pirate crocheted half mask is great and a little spooky. While they aren’t made of yarn, the DIY Horns were too pretty to pass over.

I want to make note of two things: lots of the above were projects I first spotted on the Craftzine blog, and I wore my knitted wig while typing this entry.

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