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Target’s New Children’s Line of Wheelchair Adaptive Halloween Costumes Has Us All Weeping

Target’s ‘Hyde and Eek! Boutique’ has garnered nationwide loyalty for offering both classic and trendy costumes alike to adults and their children (fur or otherwise). This year, Target has released a whole line of Adaptive Halloween costumes that include wheelchair covers, and a costume designed for sensory-sensitive children. While targeted towards children, the wheelchair covers can be used for a range of wheelchair sizes. 

They’re set to be released to the public on August 22.

The line offers a very cute “Boys’ Adaptive Pirate Halloween Costume.”

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We’d like to argue that any gender would look both very cool and adorable in it. Pirates come in all genders and  The costume itself is $25, and it’s significant to see a boy model the costume in a wheelchair. 

To get the complete look with the “wheelchair cover,” you’ll have to spend another $45.

“Boys’ Adaptive Pirate Ship Halloween Costume Wheelchair Cover – Hyde and Eek! Boutique.” Digital Image. Target. 18 July 2019.

Unlike the very few other wheelchair-adaptive Halloween costume offerings, these are mass-produced and accessible to far more people. You’d be hard-pressed to find any other Halloween wheelchair cover for sale, even on Etsy. That means parents are having to hand make a much more complex costume for their child or shell out $99 for one of Spirit Halloween’s wheelchair adaptive costumes.

Target’s second offering allows you to turn a child’s wheelchair into a Princess’s chariot. 

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Again, this one is labeled a “Girls’ Adaptive Princess Halloween Costume,” but we thank any kid would be a muñecx lindx in this fabulosity. Bravo, Target.

It’s slightly cheaper to be a Princess. Who knew?

“Girls’ Adaptive Princess Carriage Halloween Costume Wheelchair Cover – Hyde and Eek! Boutique” Digital Image. Target. 18 July 2019.

The wheelchair cover is also $45, but the costume is $20, about $5 cheaper than the pirate outfit.

Don’t go thinking it’d be easier to just recreate the costumes.

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We’re Latino. We’re always getting crafty trying to figure out ways to save some money. Parents of children who use wheelchairs have come through on social media sharing the horror stories of having to create a product that didn’t exist. This parent shared that she was up until well past 4 a.m. creating angel wings for her daughter. ????

Meanwhile, this mom once accidentally made her daughter look like the aftermath of a crime of passion against a tiger.

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She was trying to dress her daughter up as Sophie from the children’s book, “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.” The story goes that Sophie was having tea with her mom when a tiger joined them and drank all the tea, ate all the food, and even drained the water from the taps. The next day, Sophie and her mother buy a ton of food, including “tiger food,” but the tiger never returns.

It’s not the first time Target has included differently-abled children in fun and games.

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Just this year, the company included a new line of Barbie dolls that had their own wheelchair and wheelchair ramp included in the doll. The line offers a blonde Barbie and a black Barbie, creating visibility for a group many times removed from the mainstream.

The third offering in its Adaptive line is for more sensory sensitive children.

“Kids Plush Adaptive Unicorn Halloween Costume – Hyde and Eek!
Boutique™” Digital Image. Target. 18 July 2019

This costume features flat seams and no tags that would otherwise seriously irritate kids with sensitivities, like autism. It also includes a hidden opening in the front pocket to offer abdominal access for kids with medical needs.  Plus, the hood, tail, and wings are removable for added comfort. Target is killing it at creating these thoughtful user-centered design for special needs kids and with flair.

Needless to say, the Internet, especially the disabled community, is weeping.

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You’re not the only one crying, Tae. While Target hasn’t even promoted the line yet, Internet reactions are abundant. 

So far, all Target has had to say is “Everyone deserves a good Halloween.”

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And all we have to say is, bravo. Pa’lante.

Target also has a sensory-adaptive line of clothing for children that do not have tags or irritating seams. They just released a line of sensory-adaptive home products last year.

READ: 9 Things That Happen At Target When You’re Latino

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights, a Universal Studios staple, is not happening this year and there is only one thing to blame: Covid. The virus, which is still spread wildly in the U.S., has forced so many things to be canceled. People are not happy with the decision.

For the first time in 30 years, Halloween Horror Nights is not happening.

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the biggest events of the year at Universal Studios in Florida and California. The sudden (and not surprising) cancelation is a devastating announcement for the fans of spooky culture.

Honestly, people are ready to throw their tantrums over this.

Florida and California, home to both Universal Studios, are dealing with major Covid outbreaks. California had an explosion of Covid cases that forced the state to reverse some of its rapid reopenings. Florida is another state dealing with a major Covid outbreak that has forced some places to reclose as Disney pushes forward with the reopening.

There’s a lot of pain out there right now.

It really is another blow in a very devastating year. So many people hoped that Halloween would still happen yet the patchwork response we’ve had against the virus isn’t helping. The loss of a Halloween tradition is just too painful right now but we will be alright.

All we can do now is wait “patiently” for Halloween 2021…

All it took was wearing masks and social distancing to avoid this yet, here we are. Remember to take care of yourself, your health, and your community. This means wearing masks and social distancing to protect each other.

READ: Republican Senator Blames Latino Community For Disproportionate COVID Case Numbers

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