Last Minute Halloween Tips and Tricks for Wheelchair Users

Posted On: 10/30/2015

Happy Halloween!

One of the most celebrated holidays for kids and adults alike is tomorrow! Saturday, October 31st will be filled with fun costumes, tasty treats, and of course a few tricks, too! We have compiled a few great resources for your Halloween preparation including last minute costume ideas and safety tips. May your Halloween be filled with candy and memories with your loved ones!

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Halloween Costume Ideas for Wheelchairs

If you haven’t found a costume for your or your loved one, have no fear! There are plenty of cute and ghoulish ideas you can bring to life. Remember, dressing up and decorating your wheelchair with costumes should be fun so enjoy getting creative and letting your favorite Halloween personality come out. It doesn’t matter if you like scary or sweet, as long as you are having fun that is all that matters!

Pinterest

You can literally find inspiration for every topic on Pinterest. It really is a one stop shop for any idea. We found this board which has great ideas for wheelchair costumes! But don’t stop there, type in anything and see what the wonderful world of Pinterest can show you!

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation always have fun photos and videos of great costume ideas for wheelchair users. From your favorite Disney character to rockers and pirates, you will find it all here!

Magic Wheelchair

With the goal of “putting a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair,” Magic Wheelchair is an incredible non-profit organization that brings any wheelchair costume to life for children. If you are unable or don’t want to make your own costume, this would be the organization to look into. Each year, they select five kids and make epic wheelchair costumes for their Halloween celebration. To learn more about how they do it, visit their site. You can even donate to Magic Wheelchair which will help fund the costumes for deserving kiddos!  

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Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating 

The best Halloween is a safe Halloween. Below are a few tips for your trick-or-treater:

  • Always have a buddy (or a parent) with you. Never go out alone. Plus you will have more fun together!
  • Decide on a route before you go and stick to it. This will help you not get lost or lose track of time.
  • Be cautious of homes or neighborhoods you are not familiar with. Never enter a stranger’s house. (If you want an alternative to trick-or-treating in neighborhoods, you can always check with your local mall who usually have fun activities and wheelchair friendly access.)
  • Try to keep trick-or-treating to daylight hours which will help you see the environment better. Just in case, bring a flashlight if it does get late.
  • Obey traffic signals and look both ways before crossing any street.
  • Don’t walk in the middle of a road or street. Use the sidewalks wherever possible.
  • If you or your child is using a wheelchair, make sure you have someone to assist with pushing. If you have a power wheelchair, be sure to charge the battery before you go.

Have your parents or an adult inspect all of your candy before you start to enjoy it. (And don’t eat it all at once. smiley

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

-The BLVD Team

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Banner Kids - "2010 Halloween Trick or Treating October 31, 2011 Photo Copyright to Steven Depolo, Flickr"

 

Author Information

Katie Cummings
Mobility Blogger

My professional background stems from non-profit marketing and fundraising for a large children’s cancer hospital. Every day I was able to make connections and relationships for kids and their families going through devastating times. From securing small donations to large corporate support, it was all about providing hope that one day doctors and researchers would find a cure. It was truly an honor to be a part of something so important.

Just this past year, I came to work alongside my family for BLVD.com, a website dedicated to offering the latest information and resources for people needing mobility products. This was a dream come true for me as I have always wanted to combine more time with my family while still helping others. Our family has been in the mobility industry for over 35 years with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for people with mobility issues. This is the spirit behind BLVD and what I am most excited about sharing in my blog.

I love meeting new people and have found that volunteering is the best way to learn more about others and myself. Coffee keeps me going as do walks my pup "Kirby" and most of all being with family and friends. I invite you to check out my blog to learn more about how "together we can move through life better!"

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