There has been a lot of talk on the Etsy forums about the best time to stock up for Halloween, with many stating now is the time. This holiday for many is a very lucrative time, with people boasting they couldn’t keep up with demand last year. None of the items I make really fit in with Halloween, I don’t really fancy making baby Halloween costumes, which I’m not really a great fan of! but not to miss out on the action I felt I would like to make something just to test the waters.
So I came up with the idea of making some finger puppets, cute ones of course so they fit in with the nursery image.
This little Spooky Gang wouldn’t scare the ‘skin of a rice pudding’ as my mum used to say, but I’m sure they would bring hours of enjoyment to children and adults alike. They are an excellent tool to stimulate imaginative play with your children and introduce them to the world of puppet theatre.
The set is made up of five characters. Winnie the witch, Willie the wizard. Creeps the Cat. Gary the ghost and Percy the pumkin. All are made from DK and are basically the same pattern, adding colour and embellishments for each character and would be ideal for storytelling.
When I was a child growing up in the UK, Halloween was celebrated as ‘Duck Apple Night’ were we played games with apples, which were either bobbing in water or swinging from a line, which we had to retrieve with our mouths while hands were tied behind our backs. Over the years Halloween has become very ‘Americanised’ with parties and children dressing up as ghouls or monsters and visiting neighbours for ‘trick or treat’. It is now a multi-billion dollar industry.
Unless they sell quickly my little puppets will probably be the only Halloween items I have in my shop. If they don’t sell they will be offered to children who knock on my door on Halloween expecting a treat!