23 Adaptive Halloween Costumes to Buy or DIY
"My son is a huge fan of the classic Mister Rogers' Neighborhood television show. We built the Neighborhood Trolley from scratch and dressed him in a cardigan and tie just like Fred Rogers!" — Mary Evelyn Smith, mom of Simeon, age 2, of Columbus, OH
"We love Doctor Who for its optimism and creativity, which are values I want to instill in my child. I also love this costume because Doctor Who's time machine (the TARDIS) is famous for being bigger on the inside, just like my little guy." — Tresa Edmunds, mom of Atticus, age 7, of Sacramento, CA
This adaptive Halloween costume from Target is “sensory-friendly,” since it was made with flat seams and no tags. Your child will love the attached wings, shiny horn, and glittery details!
The House from Up!
"We got bored building different types of transportation around our daughter's chair, so we attached a foam house to the back of it and had her be Mr. Fredrickson [from Pixar's Up!] with our son Cade as Russell." — Ryan McCubbin, dad of Peyton, 14, with brother, Cade, of Morrison, CO
Pizza Delivery Truck
"Jack loves pizza, especially from Cicero's [the family's local pizza joint]. They were kind enough to provide a shirt and some boxes for their only delivery truck!" — Phil Weaver, dad of Jack, age 6, of Santa Clara, CA
"The flower costume, grown with '100 percent love,' was a big hit everywhere we went and several people wanted their picture taken with it." — Kathy Eastman, mom of Addison, age 9, of Lincoln, NE
Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon
"For Halloween, my oldest son wanted to be a dragon rider and fly Toothless from his favorite movie How to Train Your Dragon. These costumes for one day of the year—and really any day they want to rock 'em—bridge the gap of excluding kids in wheelchairs and do that in an epic way!"— Ryan Weimer, dad of Keaton, age 9 and Bryce, age 3 (next slide), of Keizer, OR
Gronckle from How To Train Your Dragon
"My wife made this blue furry Gronckle costume in a day to go with his big brother's Toothless costume. In these costumes, my kids become rock stars and the wheelchairs disappear!" — Ryan Weimer, dad of Bryce, age 3, and Keaton, age 9 (previous slide), of Keizer, OR
Ice Cream Truck
We all scream for ice cream with this adaptable Halloween costume. The boxy facade fits comfortably over your child’s wheelchair. Bonus points if she actually has sweet treats for friends and family!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
"Nickolas is obsessed with ninja turtles, and when we were thinking of Halloween, the Shellraiser was the perfect idea. Making Nick's walker or wheelchair into part of his costume is why Halloween is one of our favorite times of year!" — Amanda Ridding, mom of Nickolas, age 5, of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
"Gavin loved being Batman and driving his Batmobile around the neighborhood on Halloween. My husband and I love building his costume each year! We work hard on spreading the mission of inclusion, and building these costumes for us really helps to put Gavin right with the other kids in our neighborhood." — Laura Shuler, mom of Gavin, age 11, of Jacksonville, NC
"Spina Bifida and walking long distances is hard on my daughter's body, so I wanted to create something fun for her with her favorite princess, Cinderella. I hand-painted and cut out each side of the carriage from cardboard. She loved it!" — Jessica Dickson, mom of Chloe, age 5, of Sunbury, PA
With no tags and flat seams, this adaptive Halloween costume from Target is sensory-friendly. The shark getup is extra comfortable with plush construction, and it also features fins and a hood with detachable teeth. A well-placed flap allows easy access to the abdominal region.
Under the Rainbow
"I try to design Ivan's costumes around something I know he likes, then just make them as big and over the top as possible. As we walk down the street trick-or-treating, the neighborhood kids come out to walk with us because they love Ivan's costumes!"— Amber Bobnar, mom of Ivan, age 10 of Watertown, MA
Wizard of Oz
"As a family, we try to make Tucker feel involved by doing a family theme that uses his wheelchair. We try to choose themes that people will really enjoy so that people are excited to see us each year and give him such amazing support and attention."— Jason Hurst, dad of Tucker, age 14, of Statesboro, GA
"Caleb was 5 years old and Mario Kart was his favorite Wii game at that time. His younger brother Benjamin was Luigi. MarioKart was probably the hardest costume I have made for Caleb; it's also my favorite."— Cassie McLelland, mom of Caleb, age 9 of Mansfield, TX
With this pirate adaptable Halloween costume, your child will conquer the seven seas! Dressing in the costume is a cinch, thanks to the back opening and wide leg openings. Traditional pirate details, such as a triangular hat and striped pants, make the hunt for buried treasure even more fun.
Hello Kitty Car
"Kinley was born with Spina Bifida. For Halloween, our family made a costume that turned the focus away from Kinley's wheelchair and instead to a fun, creative, Hello Kitty car costume with a beautiful, happy, and capable toddler girl behind the wheel. Her smile says it all!" — Casy Arledge, mom of Kinley, age 2, of Circleville, OH
"Every year we try to make it feasible for my son to participate in the costume parade at school and trick-or-treat around the neighborhood like all the other kids. Gabriel played the part very well, trying to scare all the girls! In whole it cost about $50 to make, using a lot of stuff we already had around the house, including a reinforced dolly that stood in for his usual Dynamic Stander."—Cheryl Clatworthy, mom of Gabriel McInturff, age 13, of Mogadore, OH
This adaptable Halloween costume transforms your child’s wheelchair into a rocket ship. Your astronaut will be ready for take off (AKA trick-or-treating)!
"Caleb loves the Wild Kratts show on PBS. He was Chris Kratt (one of the Kratt brothers) driving the Createrra. I made the vehicle from cardboard to fit around his wheelchair." — Cassie McLelland, mom of Caleb, age 9, of Mansfield, TX