My favorite part of Halloween is opening the door to kids all dressed up. The doorbell rings and I yell to mom and dad, “I got it!”
If the costume is super creative, they get extra pieces of candy from me. Want some extra candy this year? My best advice, use your wheelchair as the ultimate prop and literally roll over any competition in a costume contest!
Here’s a few imaginative and original wheelchair Halloween costumes we compiled from community members. And please be sure to share any of your ideas and pictures.
JANE IN THE BOX
Reeve Foundation Certified Peer Mentor and member of the Blog Squad, Kristi Allen, is a Halloween enthusiast. The past two years she has created a roller skate and Jane in the Box. Here’s how she made Jane in the Box:
It was really simple to make, a box, some wrapping paper, tinsel garland, and PVC pipe. A local shipping store built me a box the size of me in my wheelchair. I had my dad cut a hole in the top for my head and part of my body and a big hole in the bottom to fit around my entire chair so we could just lift it on and off. For added effect I purchased some portable speakers for my iPod and they worked perfectly to play “Pop Goes the Weasel” – it was great!! READ THE COMPLETE DIRECTIONS HERE.
A dad made a homemade Viking ship for his son with just fiberboard, paint, and masking tape.
The great thing about fiberboard is that it is pretty strong, yet it’s flexible and very lightweight. So I bought 2 sheets, some small cans of latex paint (brown, black, white, blue, red, green, yellow), and 2 rolls of masking tape to hold it all together. I sketched out the design of the ship on one sheet of fiberboard, until I had it proportioned just right. I had also measured his wheelchair to make sure my cutout would “fit” between the wheels and frame and that the overall cutout wouldn’t overwhelm the wheelchair. After I made the first cutout, I used it as a guide and sketched the other side, then cut that side out. I had enough space left on the scrap pieces to cut out six circular pieces to use as shields. Every good Viking ship needs shield down the side. READ COMPLETE DIRECTIONS HERE.
Some responses from our Facebook fan page:
Dave made his son, Owen, into a human fire truck out of a pinata.. yes, a pinata! What kid wouldn’t just want ride in a fire truck but actually BE the fire truck? Talk about awesome!
My wife bought a firetruck piñata from one of the local party stores (it was really narrow prior to modification). A friend and I cut the piñata in half and widened the truck by attaching the two halves to the outside of 4 pieces of wood. We then attached another piece of card board to the front and covered it with aluminum tape. We lucked-out that the size of the truck fit perfectly over Owen's wheelchair. We attached the wooden frame to the wheelchair with just some tie straps.
Honestly, we were throwing it together at the last minute and it took me and a friend less than an hour, scrounging up some scraps from the garage and improvising real-time. But it turned out really cute, he loved it, and he won first place at our school's "trunk or treat".
MOBILE BED OF FLOWERS
For those with a green thumb, this website offers instructions on how to make a costume where you have your very own mobile bed-of-flowers, and you are one of the flowers blooming in the garden. Read and watch how to create the mobile bed-of-flowers costume made.
- I made my late husband (he had MS) a sweatshirt with a sparkly W on it and a sparkly cape to tie to the back of the chair, he was Wheelchair Man ;) He had an awesome sense of humor about it all and it made our kids laugh and smile.
- Last year my son decided he wanted to be a Pokemon -- I forget the name now -- so my wife created a big papier-mâché Pokemon costume to fit over him and the chair. The year before that he was a mad scientist, and had a tray with experiments mounted across his lap.
- My son went as a dark horse once. Friend painted two horses to go over wheels and he wore a Fez. ;)
- Make it look like her favorite car
Still want more?
Have a look at our list we created in previous years of Halloween Costumes For People Using a Wheelchair. It has everything from Aladdin and the magic carpet and Cinderella to Fred Flintstone and Professor X from X-Men!
In addition to the above, here are a few more resources for you to check out from Yahoo! and CostumeNation.com. And last but not least, this totally awesome ice cream truck on wheels... literally!
We all have a creative bone in us, so I hope everyone enjoys creating your wheelchair Halloween costume masterpieces this year!
Happy costume making!
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