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Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costume’s History
We never knew that when our 3 year old son wanted to be Wall-E for Halloween, and we built a costume around his wheelchair, that it was the beginning of an epic journey of discovery. Not just discovery of what we can build and design around a wheelchair, but the discovery of how that simple wheelchair costume would forever change our son’s outlook toward life. His self esteem skyrocketed, his peers, who used to look at him differently, suddenly looked at him in awe and saw him as just another kid with an incredible Halloween costume. He became proud of his costume and shared it with everyone he met. It was in that moment that we realized this was not just a Halloween costume made of cardboard, paint, and plastic. It was so much more, and it would forever change our lives.
We wanted to share that same experience with other families. We’ve come a long way over the years, and we have so much further to go. Our goal is to build unique costumes for ever special needs kid who would like one, free of charge to the families. Check out the timeline below to see how we’ve grown, and to see how you can help us achieve that goal.
Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes was formed as a non-profit organization designed to build Halloween costumes for kids in walkers and wheelchairs, free of charge to the families. To kick-off the fundraising to pay for these costumes, a 30-day Kickstarter page was created to raise $1,000 for 5 costumes. This goal was reached in roughly 2 days. We continued to raise money for additional costumes and ended up with enough funds to build costumes for 11 kids. We held a volunteer workshop in September where about 40 volunteers (adults, kids and families) showed up and we built 6 costumes on a single Saturday afternoon. Another costume was created by a talented seamstress in another city where she made a princess skirt, that matched the child’s princess gown, to surround the child’s wheelchair giving the illusion that the child was floating in her gown. A second workshop finished the remaining costumes and all 11 costumes were shipped by October 1st in time for Halloween. At least 2 of the costumes we built in 2015 ended up winning first place in different Halloween costume contests.