106 People Whose Disabilities Didn’t Stop Them From Enjoying Halloween To The Fullest (New Pics)

There are one billion people in the world living with some sort of disability, or about 15% of the world’s population. And while having a disability can impact many parts of a person’s life, one thing it should never hinder people from doing is enjoying holidays to the fullest extent, including of course, Halloween. 

Below, we’ve gathered some of the most brilliant and creative costumes people with disabilities have sported for Halloween, proving that nothing can stop them from looking fabulous on October 31st. With a little bit of thinking outside of the box, these individuals have found genius ways to incorporate their disabilities into their looks, and their innovation deserves to be applauded.

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Be sure to upvote the photos you find most impressive or that feature costumes you wish you had thought of yourself, and feel free to let us know in the comments if you’ve ever worn a costume that perfectly incorporated a disability of your own. And if this list isn’t long enough for you, have no fear. You can find Bored Panda’s previous publications on the same topic right here and here.

#1 Here’s My New Halloween Costume

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Especially for children, Halloween can be one of the most exciting days of the year. Dressing up in an exciting costume, having the chance to stay up late trick-or-treating with friends and then hurrying home to eat as much candy as possible before mom and dad say it’s time for bed. Unfortunately, however, for individuals living with a disability, celebrating Halloween can come with extra challenges that can put a damper on the day.

Thankfully, there are plenty of people around the world showing that having a disability should never stop a person from wearing whatever costume they want on Halloween. This list features brilliant costumes worn by kids and adults alike, so if you have a disability that made you wonder what to dress up as this year, hopefully you’ll get some ideas right here! From incorporating wheelchairs to using prosthetics as props, these costumes make one thing very clear: Halloween is for everyone.

#2 Another Year Of Incorporating My Wheelchair Into My Halloween Costume

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#3 “I Figure Life’s A Gift And I Don’t Intend On Wasting It. You Don’t Know What Hand You’re Gonna Get Dealt Next. You Learn To Take Life As It Comes” – Jack Dawson

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While Halloween is for people of all ages to celebrate, it can be particularly important to ensure that our little ones enjoy the occasion. So if your child has a disability, RedTreehouse.org has a helpful guide for parents to make sure that their kids can get the most out of the day. For kids that are wheelchair users, for example, they provide a few resources to help make Halloween more inclusive and accessible.  

According to Med Mart, if you’re taking your child trick-or-treating in their wheelchair, it’s always a good idea to practice the routine ahead of time. It will be nice to know how easy the path is to get around, especially in the dark when there are lots of other kids walking around. If many houses have staircases and it won’t be easy to get to their front doors, you might want to find the most wheelchair-friendly homes to visit. Even if there are challenges, it’s best to be aware of them prior to the big night to make everything as smooth as possible during the real trick-or-treating. The only thing on your child’s mind that evening should be having a great time.      

#4 What’s Better Than A Glass Arm? A Glass Arm That Glows

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#5 Took Home Best Couple’s Costume Award! I Wouldn’t Want To Be Attacked By Any Other Shark Than Her

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#6 Joyeuse Halloween

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If you’re taking your child who uses a wheelchair trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood, Med Mart recommends letting your neighbors know ahead of time that your little one plans to be stopping by their homes. They might be willing to meet you at the end of their driveway or set their large basket of candy close to the curb to alleviate the stress of trying to get close to their doors and having to maneuver back to the sidewalk.

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And if the experience of going back and forth from people’s doorsteps is just too stressful or challenging to navigate logistically, you can always seek alternatives for your child. Many places hold “trunk-or-treats” in large parking lots, where kids can go from car to car gathering goodies without having to worry about encountering steps or crossing busy roads. You can always throw a Halloween party or gathering of your own too, inviting all of your child’s closest friends. The important thing is that they enjoy the occasion; there’s nothing wrong with thinking outside the box in how you celebrate.

#7 The Whole Gang. Hermione, Voldemort & Harry

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#8 This Kid’s Parents Built His Halloween Costume Around His Wheelchair

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#9 Lovin’ It

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When it comes to making your Halloween more inclusive, one factor you might not have even considered is the decorations. And while I love smoke machines, fake cobwebs, and spiders and rats littered all over the floor as much as the next person, these decorations are not always conducive to every person’s experience. If the path leading up to your home is extremely dark, requires maneuvering around a variety of props or your decorations limit visibility, you might be deterring people with disabilities from visiting, either children coming to trick-or-treat or your friends trying to stop by to deliver some goodies to you. Decorations with jump scares, loud noises and flashing lights can also be harmful for individuals with sensory sensitivities or epilepsy. Unless you warn people that they’re coming to a haunted house, try not to have any decorations that are too extreme.

#10 Austin Loves A Good Costume

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#11 This Is The Way. That All Wheelchair Costumes Should Look Today. Happy Star Wars Day

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#12 We Won The Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Halloween Costume Challenge

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As we all know, we cannot always tell that a person has a disability just by looking at them. Oftentimes, we would have no idea! But disabilities that have no visible cues can impact a person just as much as more obvious disabilities, so in 2018, one mother sought to find a way to help her son, who has autism, have an easier time on Halloween. Four years ago, Alicia Plumer posted a photo of a blue trick-or-treating bucket on Facebook with the caption, “If you see someone who appears to be an adult dressed up to trick-or-treat this year carrying this blue bucket, he’s our son! His name is BJ & he is autistic. While he has the body of a 21 year old, he loves Halloween.” This then sparked a trend of “Blue Buckets for Halloween”. 

#13 For Halloween Costume Day In School, Zoe Asked If She Could Be A Vampire

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#14 I’m Here To Try Out My Sea Legs

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#15 Amazing Ghostbusters Ecto1 Wheelchair Halloween Costume

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Alicia’s post sharing her son’s blue Halloween bucket received lots of attention and has been shared to spread awareness about people with autism who may want to participate in Halloween just as much as everyone else, even if they have a hard time expressing it. “I believe it can be helpful, especially for the more severely affected kids who are nonspeaking, and for older kids who may appear to function at a lower cognitive age level,” writes Wendy Fournier on the National Autism Association’s site. “Some kids can’t say ‘trick or treat’ or ‘thank you’. They may not be able to make eye contact, and could also have sensory issues that prevent them from wearing an elaborate costume. For some kids and young adults with autism, there are a lot of challenges to overcome on Halloween, but like everyone else, they want to enjoy the fun and excitement of it.”

#16 Ready To Get Our Halloween On

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#17 Jax The Jellyfish! They Crafted This Masterpiece Themselves. I’m Really Starting To Believe The Creativity Of Special Needs Families Cannot Be Matched

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#18 What’s Pink, Has Feathers And Stands On One Leg? This Flamingo

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Another factor to take into consideration when choosing the Halloween goodies you plan to share with friends or trick-or-treaters is potential food allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, in the United States alone, about 32 million people have food allergies, including about 5.6 million children. The most common foods people are allergic to are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish, so if you’re looking to pass out treats that will accommodate a variety of dietary needs or preferences, it might be wise to consult the Spokin app. Spokin breaks down all of the best candies and treats based on what allergens they are free from, so you can ensure that you or your loved ones can indulge freely without fretting about a frightening allergic reaction.     

#19 Seriously, Just Wow. 8-Year-Old Jackson Had 2 Ideas For His Magic Wheelchair, So His Builder Combined Them Both. Cory Hunt, We Love You

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#20 You Wanted A Bionic Sith, Well Now You Got One – Complete With Lightsaber Prosthetic Attachment

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#21 Wheelchair R2d2 Costume Is The Best R2d2 Costume

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According to Spokin, some of the best dairy free candies available to pass out or enjoy yourself this Halloween are Dum-Dums, Twizzlers, Sour Punch Straws, Swedish Fish, Sour Patch Kids Watermelons, Jelly Bellys, Air Heads, Dots, Ring Pops and Smarties. If you’re looking for gluten-free candies, Spokin recommends York peppermint patties, Butterfingers, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Heath bars, Dots, Hi-Chews, Air Heads, and Tootsie rolls and pops. An allergy is no reason not to enjoy Halloween treats!    

#22 Coolest Homemade Box Of Free Kittens Wheelchair Costume

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#23 This Is Halloween. That’s My 79-Year-Old Grandma As Dr. Finkelstein

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#24 Human Fidget Spinner

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We hope you’re enjoying this list of brilliant costumes, and if you or a loved one is living with a disability, we would love to hear your best ideas for Halloween costumes in the comments down below. Remember that if there’s anything you can do to make your Halloween celebrations more inclusive and accessible, it will be worth making the effort. Keep upvoting the pics you find most impressive, and then if you’d like to see even more, you can find Bored Panda’s previous articles on the same topic here and here

#25 Sam, Of Course, Chose To Be Sebastian Vettel For Halloween. Today Was The First Outing Of His Costume And He Couldn’t Be Happier

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#26 When You Have Prosthetics You Have To Take Advantage Of It. My Husband Helped Me Make A Peg Leg As Well As A Hook! And My Service Dog Wazowski Is My Parrot

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#27 Happy Halloween From Grayson The Astronaut. Hope You Had A Rockin Good Night

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#28 Debuting The Bathmobile Tonight

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#29 Happy Halloween From Aladdin

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#30 A Fun Project I Got To Work On A Couple Of Years Back. An Aliens-Themed Power Loader Wheelchair

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#31 This Is One Of My Favorite Halloween Looks Of Myself

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#32 Amputee Halloween Costume

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#33 Happy Halloween. Amputee Halloween Costume

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#34 Princess Freyja’s Reveal Was Pure Joy And Pure Magic. Every Little Detail Is 100% Freyja And Her Reactions Say It All

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#35 Help, She’s Being Abducted

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#36 We Called Our Friends At Amazon Prime And Told Them All About Max And His Magic Wheelchair Idea From His Favorite Show, “The Stinky & Dirty Show”

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#37 Halloween Is Coming

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#38 Is It Even October If I Don’t Share This Throwback

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#39 2017 Seth Went As A Boxer. He Of Course Needed A Police Officer As A Body Guard, And Evie Came To Watch The Fight

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#40 2021 Halloween Team Reed-Style Wheelchair Costume, When The UPS Man Is Awesome And You Love When He Comes To Drop Off Your Packages

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#41 It’s Officially Halloween Season

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#42 This Was The First Time I Used My Power Chair With My Costume, So I Made It Into A Shell Throne, You Know, Like You Do When You’re A Mermaid

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#43 This Noodle Is Ready For His First Halloween Out In Costume Tonight At Church

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#44 Super Dad Spent Countless Hours Working On This Wheelchair Costume And I’m Pretty Sure That Hudson Thinks All Of The Attention He Received Made Every Hour Well Worth It

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#45 Halloween Costumes Of Past Years. Which One Is Your Favorite, And Are You Excited To See What I Am This Year?

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#46 This Sundae Is Extra Sweet Thanks To The Spontak Family Every Year Mark Turns His Son’s Wheelchair Into A Show-Stopping Halloween Costume

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#47 My Dad’s Friend Has A Kid Who Is In A Wheelchair. He Does An Exceptional Job On His Kid’s Costumes

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#48 Oooooh. The Clawww. I Have Been Chosen! We Hope Everyone Had A Safe And Healthy Halloween

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#49 Halloween A Few Years Ago When I Made Jayden The Ultimate Mr. Bean Costume Car

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#50 Sorry, My Arm Lost Control

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#51 My First Renfaire After My Amputation

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#52 My Spooky Season Costumes

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#53 We Did The Best Halloween Costume For Killian’s Wheelchair. He Wanted To Be An Army Guy With A Tank. So We Engineered A Wooden Box, Some Pipe And Added Dry Ice

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#54 No Boring, Trite Or Typical Costumes For Us

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#55 Happy Halloween From Forrest Gump, Lieutenant Dan, And Everyone’s Favorite Little Shrimp

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#56 Happy Halloween From Alex Trebek

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#57 Construction Operator Danny

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#58 Happy Halloween 2021. Hi I’m Chucky, Wanna Play?

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#59 As We Inch Closer To Halloween, This Was Our Last Year’s Costume. Kennedy – Mother Of Dragons

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#60 Wayback Wednesday

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#61 It’s Spooky Season And I Felt It Would Only Be Fair For Walter The Wheelchair To Have A Halloween Costume. I’m Captain America This Year

Walter got these custom captain America shield inserts made by me.

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#62 Throwback To A Few Years To This Awesome Halloween Costume. The Wheelchair Has Given Me So Many More Possibilities For Halloween

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#63 Where Are My Girls At Who Can Pull Off This Look

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#64 Family Always Makes Amazing Halloween Costumes Around 12-Year-Old’s Wheelchair

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#65 Snoopy

#66 Wheelchair Speeder Bike Costume Was The Choice This Year. Fun To Build But Damn It’s Hard To Push

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#67 Keeping Up With Our Costumes Until Halloween Theme, Check Out John! He Loves To Dress Up In Disney-Inspired Outfits With His Little Sister Josie Each Halloween

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#68 James Is Getting All The Attention This Morning

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#69 Mason Already Tested His “Dinosaur” The Yellow Loader And Can Confirm It Holds At Least 5 Gallons Of Candy. He Is Officially Ready For Halloween

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#70 The Whack-A-Mole Machine

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#71 Pirate Mode For Halloween

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#72 Shark Attack

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#73 Happy Halloween My Fellow Pirates

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#74 Halloween Weekend

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#75 I’m Amazed At My Husband’s Talent And His Desire To Make Eliza’s Dreams A Reality. She Is In Love! And Won The Costume Contest At Treats In The Street At Jones

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#76 A Wounded Veteran’s “Interactive” Halloween Costume

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#77 My Grandpa Got His Leg Amputated Last Week. At Least He’s A Good Sport About It

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#78 Halloween 2021. Loki In A Gold Space Chariot

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#79 “You Were Right, Clarke. Life Is About More Than Just Surviving.” Lexa, The 100

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#80 Happy Halloween

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#81 It’s Always A Great Day For Some Baseball. In This Throwback, We Revisit The Rockford Peaches And Their Announcer From, “A League Of Their Own” Film

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#82 My Prince Charming Surprised Me With This Cinderella Carriage We Took It For A Spin Yesterday At Downtown Disney And Just Had To Have A Picture Of Him Returning My Slipper

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#83 Another Epic Halloween In An Amazing Neighborhood And Trick Or Treating With Wonderful Friends

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#84 Happy Halloween From Steve And The Enderman. The Eyes On The Enderman Light Up But That Photo Will Have To Be Taken Later

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#85 It’s Right Here, Ray. It’s Looking At Me. She’s A Cute Little Spud, Isn’t She? She Slimmed Me, And I Feel So Funky. Happy Halloween

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#86 It Was The First Halloween Where I Was Completely Wheelchair-Bounded, So My Mother And I Decided We Would Go As Lou & Andy From Little Britain

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#87 Recycled Last Year’s Idea To Universal And Overwhelming Acclaim, All Along The East End Of Commercial Drive

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#88 Here’s Our Couple’s Costume

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#89 The Flinstones Halloween Costume

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#90 We Built A Mario Kart Wheelchair Costume For A Kid

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#91 I’m Three Weeks Out From My Amputation. Here’s My Halloween Costume. I Crocheted The Shark Myself

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#92 The Time I Made A Custom Wheelchair Costume For My BFF’s Sweet Grandson

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#93 My Halloween Costume This Year! Gingerbread & Milk

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#94 Family Costume! The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda / Grogu And The Pod

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#95 First Halloween Using My Walker For My Chronic Pain, So I Had To Think A Bit Outside The Box

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#96 Show Off

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#97 Wheelchair Budget-Friendly Costume: Barbie’s Car

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#98 My Halloween Costume This Year. How Unoriginal Of Me, I Always Wear The Same Thing

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#99 Wheelchair Budget-Friendly Costume Reveal

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#100 Cancer Took My Eye Last Month But Not My Sense Of Humor. I Was Ralphie (A Christmas Story) For Halloween. You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

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#101 Mine And My Girlfriend’s Halloween Costumes Last Year

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#102 Some Halloween Wheelchair Costumes From Over The Years

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#103 This Is Awesome. Russell Was Surprised Yesterday With A Custom Halloween Costume Made To Fit His Wheelchair. He Is The Court

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#104 2016 Swimmer Seth

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#105 Happy Halloween

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#106 Haddie’s Wheelchair Carriage Costume. Haddie Adored It

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