Halloween is around the corner—and finding a great costume for your child can be a challenge if they use a wheelchair or have another special need. Correction: It was a challenge. But we found some top-notch, head-turning costumes that are tailor-made for your kiddo. Look no further than some of your favorites brands for show-stopping, head-turning ensembles that you’ll want to hang on to even after the last piece of candy disappears.
Go all-out with the adaptive offerings from Disney. Your child can dress as their favorite character, whether that’s one of the Incredibles (gloves and eye mask included), the Mandalorian (the jumpsuit has shoulder guards, holster and more details), Black Panther, a stunning Cinderella at the ball or Buzz Lightyear. The costumes’ accessibility features include everything from open backs with self-stick closures and flap openings for tube access to longer length inseams for those who are sitting.
And don’t forget the wheelchair covers, which will give that extra pizazz to your child’s costume. Does your prince or princess dream of riding in a carriage? No problem. How about Buzz’s spaceship or the Incredimobile? Check, check. Light-up intergalactic bounty-hunter ship with Baby Yoda along for the ride? Yes, Disney sells that too. Micah Fowler, star of Speechless, recently showed off his new Mandalorian ride on his Instagram.
Prices: $34.99 or $49.99; most pieces are on sale.
Where to find them: The only Disney store in Dallas-Fort Worth is the outlet at Grapevine Mills; as of this writing, they have the Buzz Lightyear and Cinderella adaptive costumes in stock. Grapevine, 972/355-4056; stores.shopdisney.com/tx/grapevine. Find all the options online at shopdisney.com.
If you’re searching for simpler designs, check out Target. The retailer also offers an adaptive Mandalorian costume—complete with a photo-printed, padded top with accessibility flap, seatless pants, plus mask and cape. We also love the Snow Queen Elsa costume. It gives a different look than the traditional Elsa dress but is still long and sparkly. And it’s perfectly accessible with abdominal and back openings, which make it easy to get on and off or get to any areas you need to reach.
Target also offers perennial Halloween favorites. You’ll find costumes for mermaids, pirates, princesses, dragons, construction workers, superheroes (Captain America, Spider-Man and Batman, in particular), Darth Vader, Chase from Paw Patrol, and Dash from The Incredibles. All can accommodate wheelchairs or walkers and include various openings. Some costumes come in extended sizes. If you were lucky enough to snag one of the wheelchair covers that match the costumes, we applaud you. Those sold out faster than one of Target’s designer collections.
Need an adult-sized adaptive costume? Target has you covered there, too, with a race car driver option.
Prices: $25 or $35.
Where to find them: Many store locations are out of stock; you can order online in the Halloween shop at target.com.
Hit up Party City for more wheelchair covers. From select Disney covers (the Cinderella carriage, Buzz Lightyear spaceship and the Incredibles’ car) to a police car, fire truck, steam train, pirate ship and generic princess carriage, these will be fun additions to your child’s costume.
Prices: $44.99 or $49.99.
Where to find them: Sold online only, visit partycity.com/group-costumes-adaptability.
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Photos courtesy of Target