It's happening sooner than you think. Halloween is just around the corner and it just got a little easier for some parents. Following up on its line of adaptive clothing for kids, Target recently unveiled a small line of Halloween costumes designed for kids with sensory issues and for those who use wheelchairs.
"We're now bringing that spirit of inclusivity to our new Hyde and Eek! Boutique kids' adaptive Halloween costumes, which we hope will bring more ease and joy to our guests' everyday lives," Target spokesperson Kristen Mezzenga told The Mighty.
Like the Cat & Jack line of sensory-friendly clothing, these costumes feature flat seams and no tags. The wheelchair-friendly costumes are made with openings in the back, so they're easier to put on and take off. 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 six adaptive costumes, available for pre-order now and purchase in late August:
The pink 100% polyester dress has an opening in the back and comes with a crown. There are three sizes, and it's recommended for ages 10 and up.
Adaptive Princess Carriage Wheelchair Cover
This accessory is sold separately from the costume and is just as whimsical. The purple and gray cover is also polyester and can be cut to fit a child's chair. It attaches with hook-and loop closures. It comes with a crown, too.
This is a vest, pants, eye patch and hat combo also designed to be easily taken on and off — the pants are wide enough to be put on over shoes, and there are openings in the back as well. It's suitable for ages 4 and up.
Adaptive Pirate Ship
The polyester ship, along with "ocean" wheel covers, can be cut to fit and then attached with hook-and-loop closures. It also comes with a Jolly Roger flag.
Plush Adaptive Shark
This is an extra soft costume for kids ages 3 and up with quite a few considerate features: you can remove the fins and hood, and there's a hidden opening in the front pocked if you need abdominal access. The sizes range from small to XXL.
This plush costume, for ages 5 and up, also features a removable hood, tail, and wings, along with that hidden abdominal access. Sizes go from small to XXL.
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