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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.