Wheelchairs become part of the costume with kits like this rocket ship or flying witch from Target. The Disney Store also has impressive options, such as Cinderella’s Coach and Incredimobile. Spirit and Amazon also have wheelchair covers, but they are much more expensive and not as neat.
Other adaptive costumes are designed to be easy to get in and out of and comfortable for the wearer, like this unicorn with accessories that can be removed as needed. The Disney Store has a Cinderella Dress and Incredible outfit for complete wheelchair sets plus a Buzz Lightyear costume. All also have discreet front openings for medical attention.
You can also do it yourself
As easy as it is to buy a costume that comes with all the accessories, my favorite Halloween costumes are the ones I made myself.
Homemade costumes do not have to be perfection at the cosplay level. Throw on the flannel and long coat you already own for Bender from The breakfast club. Or if you are a perfectionist, go all out in a red dress (bonus point if you paint spirals on it) like Martian Madame from Mars attacked. I am especially proud of my engrossed soda bottle for my Space Cadet costume; I sewed patches on a military-style blazer I already wore but no longer wore, and then bought a cheap silverware. That costume cost me between $ 30 and $ 40, and I wore it two years in a row.
If you want to do something yourself but are not sure where to start, Google and Pinterest are your friend. If you think about it, there is probably already a blog about with a guide.
When I browse Goodwill or local thrift stores, the key is to keep an eye out for unusual things that may work – I turned a faux fur collar into a Where the wild things are monster tail, which was cheaper than buying fur from a craft store. I’m not a professional sewer either, I just use a needle and thread. If I can do it, so can you.
TJ Maxx, Dollar Store and Five Below are good for cheap pieces. Amazon wigs tend to be better than Party City’s plastic wigs. You can also find great deals on Etsy, like this DIY fox mask.
There are plenty of homemade options for wheelchair suits, like these incredible renderings of Beetle Juice and Toothless from How to train your dragon.
Reduce, reuse, reuse
Halloween is my favorite holiday, but it’s a waste of time. Costumes are typically made to be used once and discarded. But since fashion is an environmental nightmare, as it is, you can try to recycle everything you can for an event one night a year.
If you have more than one child, switch costumes between them. They can choose new accessory to put their own spin on it. The same goes for yourself; imagine old costumes or ask friends and relatives if you can switch with them.