By: Ann Smajstrla, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Target is joining Spirit Halloween in becoming a major retailer that sells Halloween costumes specially for kids who use wheelchairs.
Target officials recently announced its “adaptive costume collection,” which will be available this fall. It consists of two costumes, one for boys and one for girls, that can be customized with wheelchair accessories.
The boys’ option features a pirate costume with a pirate ship wheelchair cover. For girls, Target offers a princess costume with a wheelchair cover made to look like a princess carriage. The costumes and wheelchair covers can be bought separately or together.
Halloween can be a challenge for children who use wheelchairs and their families. While costumes are widely available, finding a way to incorporate the child’s wheelchair presents an issue.
Julie Cheever, whose son, Drew, uses a wheelchair, told The Washington Post last year about her family’s experience with Halloween.
“When a child is in a wheelchair, people often look past them, and Halloween is no exception,” Cheever said. “But when they suddenly have this big, fantastic costume, all of that changes.”
Another major retailer to offer wheelchair-adaptive costumes is Spirit Halloween. Spirit’s 2018 costumes transformed wheelchairs into monster trucks, princess carriages, rocket ships and race cars, KYW-TV reported. The costumes were available for purchase online for the first time last year.
Parents and kids have also put their own crafty skills to work to make custom wheelchair-adaptive costumes.