It's happening sooner than you think. Halloween is just around the corner and it just got a little easier for some parents. This week ShopDisney.com released its first-ever line of Halloween costumes designed for kids with sensory issues and for those who use wheelchairs.
These costume designs include Cinderella , Buzz Lightyear and Incredibles characters. The wheelchair-friendly costumes are made with openings in the back, so they're easier to put on and take off. They also come in longer lengths and have flap closures in the front for trick-or-treaters who need tube access.
Plus, there are two very cool options for dressing up the chairs themselves.
Parents of kids with special needs have often faced the dilemma of Halloween with impressive levels of creativity. Pinterest is packed with examples of costumes that turn wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers into features worthy of envy. There's even a nonprofit devoted to creating spectacular wheelchair pieces. Sites dedicated to helping parents of kids with autism and other sensory issues have several suggestions every year for modifying comfortable regular clothing into costumes that their kids will want to wear and show off.
Still, for busy parents, the ability to buy a Halloween costume readymade means they have one less task off their already full plates.
Here are the new adaptive Disney costumes (some are available now and others ship in mid-September):
The Incredibles + the Incredimobile wheelchair cover
This is a great option if the family wants to go for a theme. You can transform a wheelchair into the Incredimobile and suit up the whole family. There are traditional costumes as well as an adaptive kids set designed for wheelchair-friendly wear with a front flap for tube access.
Cinderella's coach + costume
If you've got a little Disney Princess at home the new line includes a beautiful adaptive ballgown with a skirt back that is completely open and wheelchair-friendly. With the matching coach wheelchair cover, your little Princess will be ready for the ball!
Buzz Lightyear's spacesuit
The last costume in the line belongs to Buzz Lightyear. The adaptive space suit is wheelchair-friendly and features longer legs to accommodate seated trick-ot-treaters. It's open at the back for front entry and has a flap opening for easy tube access.
We love that more kids will get to wear the costume of their dreams this Halloween!
[A version of this post was originally published on August 12, 2019. It has been updated.]