Opinion

Where Are the Wheelchair Accessible Halloween Costumes?

By Peyton Pitman, Staff Writer

If there’s one thing that I love, it’s Halloween. There’s just something about the “spooky season” that excites me. I love the decorations, the films, the pumpkins, and, most importantly, the costumes. There’s nothing quite like going to Spirit or Halloween City to pick out the perfect outfit for trick or treating, parties, or contests. However, one group might be missing out.

There’s no doubt that costumes for people in wheelchairs have gotten a little bit easier to find, especially with all of the internet access. But young children in wheelchairs want the same experiences I had as a kid. They want to go to the Halloween store, search for a costume of their choice, and beg their parents to buy it. They want to feel included.

Buying a costume online may be equally exciting to most people; the choices on the internet are nearly infinite. But shopping on a virtual platform doesn’t quite say “Halloween” like the stores made explicitly for the spooky season. 

Children need to feel equally important — especially since they’re too young to understand why they’re being left out. Children need fun memories and experiences. 

And this doesn’t just apply to children. Many adults participate in Halloween because of the same reasons. 

Think about your friend, your neighbor, your colleague, anyone who requires wheelchair accessible costumes. Don’t you long for them to have the same opportunities as you? 

If you wish to help in any way, simply contact or speak to a manager of a Halloween store nearest you. By simply asking if they carry wheelchair accessible costumes, the demand goes up. You could very well be the person that makes somebody’s Halloween experience unforgettable.

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