We love seeing a brand that reacts to the public, so we were thrilled to see Target has launched a range of fun wheelchair-friendly Halloween costumes for kids. Aren’t they fab?
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As part of the kids costumes in Target’s Hyde and Eek! Boutique this Halloween, there are several options for adaptive and wheelchair-friendly Halloween costumes, including a princess carriage and a pirate ship.
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Inclusive Halloween Costumes
These clever wheelchair covers fit most sizes of wheelchairs (or can be easily cut to size), which is great news for parents of tots to teens. Get ready to preorder or buy early though, as these wheelchair-friendly Halloween costumes go on sale on August 22nd and demand is already high.
Little pirates can get ready to sail the seven seas looking for buried treasure with a wheelchair cover designed to look like a pirate ship, complete with Jolly Roger flag, and rolling waves on the wheels. While kids who prefer a princess carriage will get transport fit for Cinderella herself!
The matching costumes will be sold separately, and both feature openings at the back to make dressing up easier and more comfortable.
The one factor that really irks though is the blatant gender bias for the costumes and their descriptions – it’s not just boys that want to be pirates (my own daughter dressed up as a pirate for Halloween for three consecutive years!) and, equally, not all little girls want to be a princess. That said, we applaud Target’s inclusiveness and awareness of the need for adapted costumes – hopefully more brands will follow suit.
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In addition to the pirate and princess costumes, there are also costumes in the range that are suited to children with sensory issues or extra physical needs.
These unicorn and shark plush costumes have a soft and cozy feel, with flat seams with no tags for a sensory-friendly design. The hood and fins (shark) or hood, tail and wings (unicorn) can be removed for added comfort. There are also concealed openings in the front pocket for convenient abdominal access, ideal for accessing feeding tubes for example.
What really caught my eye about all of these accessible and wheelchair-friendly Halloween costumes – as well as the wheelchair covers – was that they would also be great for imaginative play before and after Halloween. They are not scary or typically seasonal (such as a witch or vampire), meaning children can enjoy them all year-round.
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Have you seen any other adaptive or wheelchair-friendly Halloween costumes that we can share? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!