We're a little obsessed with the Legend of Zelda at my house (yes, that's our Zelda Halloween pumpkin from last year shown above). However. as much as our entire household loves Zelda, my son is the one who is really hyper obsessed. By hyper obsessed I mean the kid has played all the Zelda video games, collects Zelda books, filled two journals with Zelda drawings and has Zelda themed birthday parties -- which means I have to make dozens of Triforce cookies. He even grew out his blond hair just so that his hair would look like Link's hair each Halloween for four years running. I'd say not cutting your hair in support of Link is pretty intense. Sadly, when you've got a kid who is really into some sort of video game, it's hard if you happen to be a green family. Cedar has always wanted lots of Zelda gear, but good luck finding eco-friendly Zelda toys and other items. Lots of video game minded toys tend to be made with plastic or other questionable materials. Thankfully, after years of dealing with this Zelda affinity, I've been able to round up some better, more eco-friendly items for Cedar. If your young child is into Zelda or your older kid likes Zelda cosplay, check out the ideas below, plus learn how to make your own Zelda gear using recycled materials.
You CANNOT play pretend Zelda games without a fairy. Though annoying, “Hey, listen!,” every decent Link needs a fairy friend. There are lots of fairy items out there, but one of the best I’ve seen is the magical LED lit fairy bottle shown above. The fairy itself isn’t the best material (styrofoam) but the wings are made of pearlized paper and a large hi-intensity LED inside the fairy provides the glow. The bottle is all glass, with a natural cork stopper and a jute cord for easy attachment to your belt. This bottle also makes an excellent night-light for fairy loving kiddos. This shop also carries the CUTEST little Lon Lon Milk Bottle and some awesome potion bottles too. See all their Zelda offerings.
Of all the items Cedar deems necessary for Zelda dress-up and play, oddly, Link’s costume is his smallest concern. Cedar feels a Link hat is 100% necessary, but usually just tosses on a green shirt and belt for the other costume components. For kids more dedicated to the costume, you might consider an elf costume for kids. As for the hat, it’s tough to find an eco-friendly version. In fact, Cedar’s dad, who is a better sewer than me, finally just made Cedar a Link hat out of wool felt. However, if you’re looking to buy, because you’re not that crafty, I like the knit hat above, because it’s a subtle green and looks very authentic. There are lots of other hats available online too.
Sword & Shield
A good sword and shield is a must for proper Zelda play. Of course the type of sword and shield you get will mostly depend on which game your kid likes best. My son likes the Hylian shield and Triforce sword, so that’s what I’ve featured in the image above. Most play swords and shields are made of plastic, but if you spend some time looking, you can find decently priced wooden swords and shields, which I highly recommend over plastic. If you’re willing to paint a sword or shield, that’s not Zelda-specific (yet), Palumba carries a lot of wonderful wooden play swords and shields that will work. You can see more Zelda swords and shields at Heavenly Swords.