Years ago we read a suggestion in Exceptional Parent magazine to incorporate the wheelchair into the Halloween costume. We’ve had lots of fun doing just that and making this Fisherman in an Aluminum Rowboat Wheelchair Costume!
Christopher wore a “Women Want Me, Fish Fear Me” T-shirt we made using iron-on letters. He also wore a yellow rain jacket and a floppy denim hat on which we pinned some lures and hooks (carefully filing the tips so they wouldn’t catch on anything). He held his fishing pole which had a bobber and a 3-D fish we made attached to it.
His aluminum rowboat was made from a large cardboard box. Duct tape and packing tape connected the two pieces of cardboard in the bow (front) of the boat. We covered the cardboard with a gray plastic tablecloth (for the aluminum) and a blue plastic tablecloth (for the water). We then put a boat registration number on each side of the bow using black construction paper cut-out numbers and letters. The box easily folded flat for transporting when not around the wheelchair. We attached string loops to the inside of the box for hanging the box from the wheelchair. The loops in the back were adjustable to be able to adjust the height/level of the box. A small piece of 1×1 can be used the inside edge of the box to add stability if the long side is bowing too much.
Christopher really liked this costume and enjoyed holding on to the side edges of his rowboat!
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