Adaptive Halloween Costumes for Kids

All children, no matter their condition or level of ability, deserve the chance to feel special and participate in fun holidays like everyone else. If your child is in a wheelchair or has another physically limiting condition, they still have plenty of options for amazing adaptive Halloween costumes. These are also great to reuse for spirit days at school, costume dances, and even Comic Conventions.

We’re excited to drop just a few of our top picks for adaptive Halloween costumes. Many of these are options that you can buy online, although we also cover a few easy DIY ideas that you can make at home. In addition, we’re also sharing a few non-profit organizations that make show-stopping wheelchair costumes.

Ready-Made Adaptive Halloween Costumes

These days, it can be hard to find time to make a memorable costume for Halloween. Thanks to a growing awareness of special conditions like spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and more, big name-brand stores like Target and Spirit Halloween are beginning to carry options that are truly for everyone. Plus, some awesome small businesses on Etsy offer handmade adaptive costumes for kids in wheelchairs and walkers.

Now you can find ready-made adaptive costumes for your child easily just by shopping online. Take a look at a few of the costume options we found and loved!

Spirit Halloween Princess Carriage Wheelchair Costume

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Spirit Halloween

Target Adaptive Costumes and Wheelchair Costumes

Target recently rolled out a new line of adaptive costumes and wheelchair costumes for kids with special needs and conditions. They offer fun ideas like a cute plush shark, a princess carriage wheelchair cover, a pirate ship, and more.

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Target

Rolling Buddies Adaptive Wheelchair Costumes

This great company creates costumes for kids that are fun and age-appropriate. For example, you can find awesome ready-to-buy costumes like an alien spaceship or the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine, just to name a few.

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Rolling Buddies / Etsy

StitchedfromtheCrypt Wheelchair Cover Costumes

These custom creations from the Etsy shop-owner StitchedfromtheCrypt work perfectly to cover your child on a chilly day while letting them enjoy dressing up too. These comfortable costumes are perfect over wheelchairs, car seats, booster seats, and strollers too! Choose from a wide variety of fun characters, including a cheerleader (pictured below), a sloth, a dragon, a shark, a unicorn, a football player, and much more.

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StitchedfromtheCrypt on Etsy

SusieRegina’s Adaptive Belle Costume on Etsy

SusieRegina’s shop on Etsy offers some beautiful adaptive costume options for children who want to feel like a princess for a day. We especially love this glamorous Belle costume that fits perfectly over your child’s wheelchair.

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SusieRegina on Etsy

DIY Ideas for Adaptive Costumes

It can be a truly special experience to help make a creative costume for your child. We found a few awesome tutorials as well as some cute ideas just by searching a little bit online. Plus, these easy-to-make costumes won’t break the bank.

Rainbow Wheelchair Costume

Amber Bobnar shares her tutorial for making your own rainbow wheelchair costume for your child. This tutorial may be easier than it looks. Also, you can put it together with a few simple materials like cotton balls and pool noodles from your local craft store.

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Photo courtesy of Amber Bobnar, WonderBaby.org

Hello Kitty Car Wheelchair Costume

Casey Arledge came up with a precious idea for her little toddler, Kinley, who loves Hello Kitty. This costume is sure to bring smiles everywhere. With some cardboard, paint, and glue, you could have a wheelchair costume like this too. Plus, you could probably alter this design to just about any idea that includes a car.

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Photo courtesy of Casey Arledge

Doctor Who Wheelchair Costume

Tresa Edmunds’ whole family loves the long-running British tv show, Doctor Who, so she shared how to make her son Atticus’s Doctor Who wheelchair costume on her blog. It’s a cute idea that just takes a little crafting to put together. Plus, you’ll be sure to draw the admiration of fellow Doctor Who fans.

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Photo courtesy of Tresa Edmunds, reesedixon.com

More Wheelchair Costume Ideas

We’re lucky to get to see so many of our wonderful customers’ adaptive Halloween costumes each year that truly warm our hearts. For example, our customers have shared homemade costumes like Superman, a John Deere tractor, Mario in a Mario Kart, Snoopy in his dog house, and so much more.

Our customer Grant always has some of the most creative Halloween costumes we’ve seen. This year, Grant is going as the Pope for Halloween with a costume that perfectly fits his wheelchair.

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Photo of Grant, courtesy of Terra Harmon

Charitable Organizations That Create Adaptive Halloween Costumes

Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes

Lon Davis originally began his non-profit in a way he might never have expected. In 2005, Lon Davis’s son was born with a type of cancer that crushed his spinal cord. With limited mobility in his legs, he would have to be in a wheelchair. In 2008, Lon went all out and created a Wall-E wheelchair costume for his son. Every year, he works to outdo the last costume. Pretty soon, newspapers and blogs were sharing pictures of his costumes, and people from across the country began reaching out to Lon with requests.

Today, this non-profit creates amazing costumes for free to kids in walkers and wheelchairs.

Magic Wheelchair

Ryan Weimer’s son Keaton was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). In 2008, Keaton decided he wanted to be a pirate for Halloween. Even though he was in a wheelchair due to his condition, Ryan decided he would draw out some plans and build the costume around his wheelchair. The costume took a lot of work and time, but it ended up an intricate pirate ship perfect for rolling around and collecting candy on Halloween. They even made the front page of their local newspaper.

Today, Magic Wheelchair is a non-profit organization that works to make incredibly detailed costumes for children in wheelchairs for free. Many of these costumes have been featured in the news and at large events like the San Diego Comic-Con.

Recently, during October, which is Spina Bifida Awareness Month, 180 Medical held a bake sale fundraiser. Our employees voted to support Magic Wheelchair with this fundraiser, and we truly hope our donation can make some children’s Halloweens memorable and magical.

180 Medical is Ready to Help

No matter your child’s level of ability, they can still enjoy a special day of dressing up. We hope these ideas help you find the perfect costume that will make your child feel like a hero because that’s exactly what they are to us!

If you need pediatric catheters for kids or children’s incontinence supplies, 180 Medical is here to help. We have almost 2 decades of experience in finding the right products to suit each of our customers’ unique and diverse needs.

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About the Author
Jessica is a Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, and she's been a part of the 180 family for 10 years. Her favorite part of working here is the positive impact we make on our community and in peoples' lives.

She loves cooking plant-based meals at home, listening to podcasts, creative writing, and taking walks with her dogs.