Children love the joy and magic of dressing up at Halloween, but traditional costumes aren’t a fit when there is adaptive equipment to consider. These companies and organizations have dreamed-up epic costumes for children (and adults) who use wheelchairs and other equipment.
The adaptive Cinderella (shown above), Buzz Lightyear, and Incredibles costumes from the Disney Store bring the magic of dressing as a Disney favorite while accounting for a variety of needs. The costumes are designed with a discreet G-tube opening in front and stretch fabric closure in back, as well as back opening for wheelchair-friendly wear. You can also dress up a set of wheels with the magical Cinderella’s Coach or Incredimobile wheelchair covers.
Prices: $50 and up
After introducing their adaptive line of Hyde & EEK! Boutique costumes in 2019, Target has expanded the line to include even more dress-up options. The costumes come in styles for toddlers to adults and feature back openings for ease in dressing. The comfy fit and fabric also work for individuals with sensory needs. Little witches, dragons, princesses, and mermaids can add a decorative wheelchair cover.
Prices: Start at $30
Rolling Buddies offers more than 200 designs to dress up kids’ wheelchairs, with everything from unicorns to carriages and even some favorite TV and movie characters. The designs are printed on a flexible, high-grade plastic and come with everything needed for assembly. Add your own dress-up clothes for more fun.
Among the gems you can find on Etsy are the clever Character Wheelchair Ponchos made by Megan at Stitched from the Crypt. Handmade by the designer, the blankets come in a number of themes from animals and football players to wizards and mermaids, and letters can be added to the superhero poncho to personalize it. These adorable (and toasty) costumes are fun for kids at Halloween and all through the cooler seasons.
Prices: Start at $40
The costume creations from these two organizations take up to three months to construct, but the results are truly epic. Teams of volunteers build the elaborate custom costumes like an X-wing fighter, race car, and giant hummingbird and give them to families free of charge. Interested families need to fill in an application, so put them on your radar for next year.
Prices: Free to selected families