Halloween is a fun time for kids as well as adults. It’s a time to dress up as whatever or whoever you want and eat lots of sweets. (Although, you can do this any day of the year). But picking a Halloween costume when you are a wheelchair user can be ‘tricky’. However, some of the most genius adaptive Halloween costumes are when wheelchairs are fully incorporated into the costume. Unfortunately, I’ve never had the opportunity to transform my wheelchair for Halloween, but here are some of my favourite Halloween costumes for wheelchair users.
The following 10 wheelchair fancy dress costume ideas may have been created for kids, but they would make awesome Halloween costumes for disabled adults too.
The Ecto-1 is the iconic car from the Ghostbusters movies. Now it’s been transformed into one of the most iconic and coolest Halloween wheelchair costumes. I love the detail on the car and it even has working headlights, siren lights and speakers. One of the speakers plays the Ghostbusters theme song and another one plays the Ecto 1’s siren. Brilliant!
2. The Flintstones
Some of the best Halloween wheelchair costumes are when wheelchairs are turned into a vehicle. And this Flinstones wheelchair costume is flin-tastic. Okay, I just made that up, but it’s such a great and effective idea while being (seemingly) relatively simple to put together. Some fake logs hung from the wheelchair, a small canopy roof and a cylinder made from foam for the roller. Boom! Complete the look with whatever Flinstones character you wish to be and you’ll have a “yabba dabba doo time!”
Most little girls want to dress up as a Princess for Halloween and this Cinderella costume and wheelchair accessible carriage is perfect. They will love it so much that they will want to wear it all year round and who would blame them? It’s amazing and so pretty. This Cinderella wheelchair costume is also quite easy to make as it only requires fairy lights, hula hoops (for the carriage), decorations such as white tinsel, pearls, foliage and of course the Cinderella dress.
If DIY isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Disney has launched a line of adaptive costumes for wheelchair users which includes the Cinderella’s Coach Wheelchair Cover Set and Cinderella Adaptive Costume. The costume features an opening at the back and a discreet flap in the front centre for easy tube access. The skirt is designed for kids who will be seated in wheelchairs.
If you want more of a tough look then this motorbike wheelchair Halloween costume is a cool idea. This time the entire wheelchair is on show as it’s completely part of the look. Only the chopper handles are added to the front of the wheelchair. Finish the look with some leather clothing, a head bandana and fake tattoos.
Who doesn’t love Superman? This Superman wheelchair costume will save the day if nothing else. I love how the legs sticking out at the back makes it look like they are actually flying over the city skyline. Again, this one seems like it could be easy to make at home and will likely win any best costume competitions.
6. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
I loved E.T as a kid and still watch it nowadays when it’s on TV. So I would have loved this Halloween costume idea growing up and it’s super simple too, which is great. Some of the best Halloween costumes are made from things lying around the house or borrowed from friends and family. This is one of them. Put on that classic red hoodie and you are Elliot.
Now, this Beetlejuice costume is a little more tricky to make than the E.T costume, but how awesome does it look? This recreation of a scene from the movie is a brilliant idea and incredibly creative. Anyone got a spare sofa I can borrow?
Everyone loves the drummer of the band, right? Or maybe it’s because I have my own real-life drummer at home (cringe!). Or maybe you wish you were the drummer, well this costume is easy and super cool.
9. Easy Mac & Cheese
We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat” and it couldn’t be any truer in this case. This really is a fantastic wheelchair Halloween costume as it incorporates the wheelchair perfectly. Ideal for all the mac and cheese-loving wheelchair users. It looks like it would be straightforward to make without needing too many supplies. I also love that the bowl would be easy to lift on/off whenever needed and wouldn’t require much effort.
Dracula is often a popular choice for fancy dress costumes, but this Dracula wheelchair Halloween costume takes it to a whole new level. This one, in particular, features Dracula standing in the coffin. The lucky trick-or-treater in the photo below had this brilliant costume made by his mum who in fact used a reinforced dolly instead of his Dynamic Stander. But I think this would work amazing for standing wheelchairs or walkers. You can read more about this wheelchair Dracula Halloween costume if it takes your fancy.
Hopefully, these wheelchair Halloween costume ideas have given you the inspiration to buy or make your own spooktacular costume this year.
What did you think of these Halloween costumes for wheelchair users? Which was your favourite? Have you ever transformed your wheelchair into something awesome for Halloween or a fancy dress party?