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Planning Halloween with Limited Mobility

Posted on: October 13th, 2015 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger
Wheelchairs and other mobility devices give your child a unique opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind costume.

Wheelchairs and other mobility devices give your child a unique opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind costume.

 

It’s that time of year again! Spooky spiders and ghosts are popping up everywhere, and your little one is eyeing the store’s candy section and costume section with wide eyes. If your child is a wheelchair user, the prospect of Halloween might very well be a daunting one for him or her. However, by incorporating the wheelchair into your child’s costume, you can put some fun back into the holiday and use their wheelchair at the same time. Here are some things to be mindful of when it comes to turning a wheelchair into a costume:

Get cardboard

The easiest way to start turning your child’s wheelchair into a costume is to get a lot of cardboard and start molding it into the look your child wants. The boxy shape of cardboard is perfect for automobile-inspired costumes such as fire trucks or race cars. They can also be cut into other shapes for things such as pirate ships, princess carriages and more.

Mind the accessories

Things such as staffs, swords or tulle can easily get caught in wheels or other moving parts of mobility devices. Make sure that these accessories aren’t in a place where they will cause a hazard if your child drops them by accident.

Make sure it deconstructs easily

Your child’s wheelchair will still need to fit through doorways. Make sure the costume can come on and off easily so your child can get through an entry.

Get noticed!

One of the biggest frustrations that child wheelchair users face during trick-or-treating are the steps that lead up to the doors, which can prevent them from being able to ring the doorbell. However, if their costume is flashy or creative enough, sometimes that won’t even be a problem! They’ll be noticed by other children out trick-or-treating or by the residents themselves. Often, this translates to people bringing candy to them.

Bellin Health Home Care Equipment encourages all children and parents to have a safe and fun Halloween. The next time you need to purchase a wheelchair, remember that we carry a number of wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories in our online catalog.

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