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!
This Gypsy Fortune Teller Wheelchair Costume was probably Sarah’s favorite costume. We cut a piece of cardboard to fit over her wheelchair tray and covered it with red fabric and attached a red fabric skirt to it. We got a clear Christmas ball ornament and made a cardboard ring for it to sit on. Under the ball we placed my husband’s headlamp flashlight which made the ball glow a bluish-white at night. We draped silky black fabric scarf around the cardboard ring to hide it. We taped UNICEF boxes to the table and made a sign for the front saying “Sarah Sees All” and “All Donations for UNICEF”. (She got a lot for UNICEF!) Sarah wore a white shirt, black embroidered vest, lots of bangle bracelets, dangling skeleton earrings and a brightly colored floral scarf on her head. We also programmed her Step-by-Step communicator switch with several short “fortunes” she could tell people.
One car full of teenagers drove by us Halloween night, rolled down their windows and yelled “Sweet!” That made Sarah’s night!
This costume was easy to make and a huge hit! It could be adapted for anyone, not just a wheelchair user.