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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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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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In 2009, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that almost 5.4 million people in the United States live with paralysis. Still, despite how common this is, few people understand the condition of paralysis and how it affects a person’s daily life. Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Tawil, of New Jersey, recently set out to explain the experience on TikTok last year.

Since her first post in November, the TikToker has garnered over 1 million followers with content that focuses on her experience of being paralyzed from the waist down.

In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil explained an exercise that might give people a chance to understand the sensation of being paraplegic.

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In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil shared an exercise with her followers that demonstrates how it feels to not be able to move a ligament. In this case, it’s your finger. According to Buzzfeed, Tawil came across the exercise after looking through posts related to disabilities. “I remember feeling so blown away because my legs felt the exact same way as my finger did,” she said.

“Not many people know too much about paraplegics and their capabilities, so I wanted to be that light to inform, educate, and even entertain people,” Tawil explained to BuzzFeed. “I want people to know what it’s like to be paralyzed … so that they can be a little bit more appreciative of what they have and remain humble.”

Tawil’s video demonstration currently has over 12 million views.

Tawil explained that a kidnapping and car accident led to her paralysis when she was in her teens.

Tawil explained that the accident took place on Nov. 15, 2014, when she went to a friend’s house in high school. When she arrived, Tawil discovered that men were present and instantly felt uncomfortable when she further learned that they had brought drugs and alcohol.

“When I eventually asked them to take me home, they took me to an abandoned road instead. When we got to this road, the driver stopped the car and put his foot on the gas and brake at the same time, doing a burnout with his wheels. He lost control of the car and crashed into a tree,” Tawil explained. “It was at this moment that I got whiplash, split my head open to the point where my skull was exposed, and sustained a spinal cord injury — leaving me paralyzed the moment we crashed,” she said. “Paramedics said that I lost the equivalence of a ‘Coca-Cola bottle of blood’ out of my head, and didn’t think I’d make it if they drove me to the hospital. So they drove me to a nearby soccer field where a helicopter airlifted me to the ICU. From there on, I went through seven months of rehab and remained permanently paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.”

Speaking about her injury, Tawil says she was “robbed of my ability to use the bathroom normally (I depend on catheters and enemas).”

Sadly Tawil says her experience led to her reclusiveness and weariness to trust others. Still, she finds that her disability comes with positives. “On the positive side, I have become a lot more spiritual and grateful to have been given another chance at life,” she told BuzzFeed. “My accident has emphasized the fact that we are not promised tomorrow, and that we should always be grateful for the simplest things in life… I also want to show people how I live my life in the present day — what is life like as a wheelchair user? — and devote my channel to being a blog where people can get to know me on a lot more of a personal level.”

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Vanessa Bryant And Her Daughters Win Halloween With These Incredible Costumes

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Vanessa Bryant And Her Daughters Win Halloween With These Incredible Costumes

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Life goes on.

Over nine months have passed since basketball great Kobe Bryant lost his life alongside his daughter Gigi and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

In the months since his death, fans have paid tribute to the former shooting guard who left behind three other daughters and his wife Vanessa and watched as his family has slowly attempted to pick up the pieces of their lives without them. Since then, they’ve celebrated holidays and their own birthdays. But holidays like Halloween present unique challenges, since they’re so focused on family.

However, leave it to Vanessa Bryant to show us what true resilience looks like. Over the weekend, she and her family celebrated Halloween in the best way possible and we’re living for their joy.

It’s official: they win Halloween!

Although it’s been a turbulent year – to say the least – for the Bryant family, Vanessa once again showed us all just how powerful and resilient she is by putting together an adorable family photoshoot to celebrate Halloween. Even though it’s the first Halloween without Kobe and Gianna Bryant, the family were all smiles.

Together as a family, they did a double photoshoot for Halloween this year that featured two sets of matching costumes between Vanessa and the three girls – the themes being Madeline (the beloved and popular children’s book series) and a Halloween classic, Star Wars.

The get-together seemed like a pretty joyous event, but of course the shadow of Kobe and Gigi still loom large, which makes the shoot pretty heart-breaking at the same time. Like we mentioned, this marks the first Halloween without them around — and yet, the Bryants carried on with the family tradition of dressing up like champs.

For their Matilda photoshoot, the family pulled out all the stops.

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So many of us grew up reading and watching Matilda, so this is an awesome idea for a Halloween costume. For their adorable photoshoot, Mama Bryant dressed up as the boarding school teacher, Miss Clavel, while Natalia and her baby sisters, Bianka and Capri, donned the traditional uniform of Madeline and her classmates, from the house in Paris covered in vines.

Needless to say, they look incredible, almost like they were torn right out of the page. It’s crazy, because this is actually more realistic and faithful to the illustrations than the live action movie from the ’90s.

Their Star Wars shoot was a total blast to the past.

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For their take on Star Wars, the family channeled some of the film’s most popular characters. Vanessa was a shorter version of Darth Vader, Natalia was a much taller version of BB8 — and the two little ones were a Storm Trooper and an Ewok, respectively. These outfits were like the family-friendly ones you might find at a Target or something, which played well for the camera.

Of course, their Halloween celebrations were not the only touching and heartwarming firsts that they have had since the death of Kobe and Gianna.

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On May 5, Vanessa celebrated her first birthday since the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter. She turned 38 years old.

In June, the family celebrated their youngest member, Capri’s first birthday. Vanessa penned a touching heartfelt tribute to celebrate the special day, which came five months after their loss. 

Vanessa has also tried to keep the memory of her loved ones alive with a heartfelt tattoo. In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband. 

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

The year has been a turbulent one for the Bryants, and fans are delighted to see that they are healing and finding their own ways to be happy together.

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