Nonprofit Creates Amazing Halloween Costumes For Kids In Wheelchairs

posted: 09/29/15
by: TLCme
Ryan Weimer

Halloween is supposed to be a great time of year for children. But for kids who are in wheelchairs, costume options can sometimes be limited. That's why Oregon dad Ryan Weimer created Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit aimed at making sure that kids in wheelchairs have the most "epic" costumes around.

Why Magic Wheelchair? Two of Weimer's five kids use wheelchairs, so the idea of creating wheelchair-centered Halloween costumes was something pretty personal for him. The genesis for creating costumes began when Weimer's oldest son Keaton, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, asked to be a pirate for Halloween. Weimer had an a-ha moment. "'Keaton has this wheelchair he cruises around in, and every pirate needs a ship, so let's just build one around his chair!'" he thought. "I didn't know how I was going to do it, but I knew it could be done somehow," he wrote on his blog.

Costumes can take up to 200 hours to create, but man, are they worth it. Weimer created an elaborate dragon costume for one kid, and a viking ship for another. Thanks to his nonprofit, eight lucky kids are getting their own customized wheelchair costumes this year. Weimer says his goal is to create one for "every kid in a wheelchair," so that kids in wheelchairs can be seen as "superstars, and not looked at with sympathetic eyes or sadness."

Sounds pretty good to us. Check out some of the most eye-catching creations: