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.
In 2008, we built our first wheelchair costume for our son, a Wall-E costume. It featured movable arms in the front that was all controlled by the child within the body of the costume. This costume ended up being featured in the Kansas City Star newspaper.
Each year since then, we have built numerous costumes for him, such as a Buzz Lightyear, Woody the cowboy, Peter Pan, Iron Man, Captain America and Baby Dancing Groot among many others. Our costumes became more and more popular on social media and we began getting requests to make these costumes for other people.
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