Eeek! Are you stumped for ideas for an adaptive Halloween costume? Don’t let that stop you and your favorite trick-or-treaters from participating in this spooky, creative, and candy-covered holiday. We tracked down some ghoulishly good ideas for you.
“Whether a child needs a wheelchair to help with mobility, has certain sensory needs, or needs some other adaptive quality in a costume, the standard selection from most stores’ racks simply won’t do,” writes Michelle Stein in These Adaptive Halloween Costumes For Kids With Disabilities Are Downright Heartwarming on Mabel + Moxie (some of the links in that article no longer work, so use our links below.)
For kids who need sensory-friendly costumes, Michelle recommends plush materials with flat seams and no tags, such as this Tiger (available from Amazon), Unicorn (from Target), or Batman or Superman (from Amazon).
“Every kid deserves to flaunt their best ensemble on Halloween,” writes Brooke Bunce in 23 Adaptive Halloween Costumes for Kids of Varying Abilities to Buy or DIY on Parents.com.
Check out this adaptive padded jumpsuit costume that depicts Chase, the German shepherd policeman from Paw Patrol (from Amazon). This Elsa costume (from Disney’s Frozen) has accessibility-friendly abdominal and back openings (from Target). And you can DIY this wheelchair-friendly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume (and check out the other DIY wheelchair costumes on that website).
Here’s an idea for decorating your IV pole.
Finally, this TikTok wheelchair duet will get you in the Halloween mood!