The month of October brings crisp air, bonfires, the changing of leaves from green to yellow, orange and red, and one of our favorite holidays, Halloween. For kids and adults alike, Halloween is a time where anyone can become anything they want to be. Whether that is an animal, a historical figure or a pop culture celebrity, Halloween gives us a chance to have fun while dressing up in something fun or silly.
While we have shared other costume roundups in year’s past, in advance of the holiday we put together a list of some of our favorite wheelchair costumes (found primarily online) and also a few ideas for places to buy an accessible costume and costume accessories. On the off-chance you or someone you know may still be looking for a wheelchair friendly costume this year, this is a great resource to get started.
DIY Wheelchair Costumes
Do-it-yourself costumes are a great way to create customized wheelchair costumes that are tailored specifically to the wheelchair user. Here are a few great ideas we found online for both individuals or for someone dressing up as part of a group.
For individuals wanting to dress up in a unique costume, these DIY options are sure to let the wheelchair user dress to impress:
- Wheelchair Superman
- Wheelchair Mario Kart (this website shares tons of other ideas for wheelchair costumes, too)
- A Restaurant Chef
- The Little Mermaid
- A Disc Jockey (DJ)
While any individual costumes can be made to be part of a group, these group specific costumes are a fun way to incorporate a wheelchair into an iconic group:
Commercial Companies Offering Accessibility
On the heels of their adaptive clothing line, earlier this year Target unveiled its line of accessible costumes and accessories that includes both accessible and sensory-friendly costumes, allowing kids of all abilities to participate this Halloween. Target’s line includes items like wheelchair covers and soft costumes with no seams or tags that are more inclusive for children with sensory sensitivities. The costumes aimed at children in wheelchairs include two styles this Halloween season – a princess and carriage and a pirate with their ship. Both the costumes and the wheelchair covers allow for simple modifications to help fit any wheelchair or wheelchair user.
Rolling Buddies is another commercial company offering wheelchair costumes for sale. This company creates and sells designs on large sheets of plastic that cover up a wheelchair and help transform it for a costume. Their line of wheelchair costume pieces include everything from fighter jets and police cars to princess towers and even Santa’s sleigh. Paired with a handmade or store bought costume, these accessories help create a lasting Halloween memory for wheelchair users. You can find Rolling Buddies costumes primarily on Amazon.
Online Halloween retailers also offer a few options for wheelchair users this Halloween. Spirit Halloween offers a princess carriage that helps transform a wheelchair completely into a buggy fit for royalty. Plus, it ships for free, which is always an added bonus to find when shopping online. Another website offering wheelchair costumes is Etsy, an online marketplace for DIY and boutique sellers.
Ways to Make Halloween Inclusive
While Halloween is meant to be fun and games, unfortunately it is not always the easiest for wheelchair users to participate in. With the costume all set, here are a few other ways friends, family and even neighbors can make Halloween night easier for wheelchair users:
- Bring the candy to the sidewalk. Stairs and steep driveways can be barriers for wheelchair users. By bringing the Halloween bucket down to the sidewalk to hand out to kids, the people handing out candy open up the trick-or-treating experience to kids of all abilities.
- Clear a safe path. If you don’t have stairs or a steep driveway, kids in wheelchairs will be able to access your door, but only if you keep the pathway clear. Removing debris and decorations from the path, as well as keeping it well-lit will help any wheelchair users looking to ring your doorbell.
- Offer non-candy options. While candy is a fun and enjoyable part of Halloween trick-or-treating, many kids may have allergies or may have difficulty eating candy. Offering a non-candy alternative at your home will make the experience much more inclusive for all kids to enjoy and take part in. Don’t forget, if you offer non-candy alternatives, it’s best to mark your home with a teal pumpkin on your doorstep, so parents can easily spot which houses offer this option for their kids.
- Practice makes perfect! If you have a child or family member in a wheelchair, it’s never too early to practice a quick run through of the Halloween festivities. Ask a few neighbors if you can use their front walks to practice a few days prior. It will help you become familiar with how you will need to help your loved one on Halloween night.
Halloween Night. The Rollx Vans Way.
At Rollx Vans, we know that Halloween night only comes once per year and it’s one that we hope all of our customers and their friends and family can get out and enjoy. Don’t forget to be smart, plan ahead and enjoy this night. And, if it’s cold, don’t be afraid to hit the streets in your wheelchair van. After all, a few moments of warmth in between houses can make the difference between an enjoyable experience and starting November with a cold, or even worse the flu.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Rollx Vans!