As we all know, Halloween is around the corner! Making a traditional costume can be a challenge, though a fun one. However, making a Halloween costume for a child in a wheelchair or one with sensory issues because of autism requires an extra bit of creativity. Young trick-or-treaters in a wheelchair have some wonderfully creative options as well.
Different Costumes for Different Minds – and Alternatives
Costumes, crowds and trick-or-treating can be triggers for kids with sensory processing issues. With these useful tips, Halloween can be easier for your child with sensory processing issues, especially touch and hearing. In some cases, alternative choices to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating may be preferable.
A mom blogger recently posted some ideas for making sensory-friendly costumes. For more ideas on makes sensory-friendly costumes, both home-made and purchased, this source could be useful. For example, full masks are usually a no-no, as are tight-fitting pieces of clothing.
Aside from private parties, many farms have Halloween attractions. NJ Family has a list according to “scare factor,” which could be helpful to parents in the Garden State in picking a sensory-friendly farm. One such event is in Belford (Monmouth).
Creativity Reigns with Wheelchair Costumes
Several entrepreneurs, many with children of disabilities of their own, have started nonprofit companies with astoundingly creative ideas for trick-or-treaters in wheelchairs.
- Lou and Anita Davis started with their own son and were inspired to create Walkin’ and Rollin’ Costumes.
- Ryan and Lana Weimer of Magic Wheelchair turn ordinary wheelchairs into something special – and their riders into superheroes.
- Cosplay themes are now a reality.
And many more parents drew inspiration from their children’s wheelchair:
Noteworthy is United Cerebral Palsy is holding its #HalloweenWithoutLimits 2015 awareness and information campaign.
And Don’t Forget Us!
And for the spirit in the adult in New Jersey, Advancing Opportunities has its own Halloween event planned.