Target just released a sneak peek of its 2019 Halloween collection, and while I'm choosing to pretend summer lasts forever, I was seriously excited to see adaptive costumes for kids in wheelchairs, along with costumes for kids who have sensory issues or G-tubes. As is always the case when a chain store debuts adaptive gear I think, YEAH! followed by IT'S ABOUT TIME! but mostly YEAH!!!
The Girls Adaptive Princess Carriage Wheelchair Cover ($45) attaches with hook-and-loop closures and, the description notes, can be cut to fit a variety of wheelchair sizes. Princesses can get decked out in the Adaptive Princess Costume (sizes 4 to 14, $20) without any evil clothing spells—there's an opening in the back and a wheelchair friendly design.
The Boys Adaptive Pirate Costume (sizes 4 to 14, $25) has openings in the back and wide leg openings, so it can be slipped on over shoes. The Adaptive Pirate Ship Halloween Costume Wheelchair Cover ($45), like the carriage, attaches to wheelchairs with simple closures and can be cut to fit a variety of wheelchairs.
The Plush Adaptive Unicorn (sizes 4 to 14, $30) is sensory friendly, with flat seams and no tags. The hood, wing and tails can each be removed, for comfort. It has a hidden opening in the stomach area, for kids with G-tubes.
The Toddler Adaptive Plus Shark ($25) also has flat seams, no tags, and an opening in front for abdomen access.
Yep, costumes and wheelchair covers are sold separately. You can pre-order now. While it's been exciting to see all the amazing costumes being made for kids in wheelchairs in recent years (the nonprofit Magic Wheelchair is dedicated to that), it's great to have ones to buy. That's what I tend to do, except for that one time I made Max a rolling car wash during his car wash phase.
Target's doing a nice job of growing its offerings for kids with special needs. Two years ago, it debuted sensory-friendly clothing. The store also regularly features children with disabilities in their ads. This past spring, it came out with a collection of sensory-friendly gear. While of course mass stores should be offering clothes and gear for people of all abilities, this is hardly the case.
So props, Target. We're all excited. Now excuse us while we return to summer.