I’ve seen so many inventive and geeky costumes in the past few months that involve some type of mobility aid, like a wheelchair. With the proliferation of comic cons and related conventions and, of course, Halloween this week, more of these fantastic and creative costume photos are popping up all over the ‘net.
In the following photo from the Houston Chronicle (via a tweet I saw to Anne Wheaton, aka Mrs. Wil Wheaton) a kid using a wheelchair flies over the city as Superman! (Photo links to the Houston Chronicle article.) According to the aricle, his name is Emmanuel, he is 3 years old, and he has CP like I do. I love how his wheelchair is the city and his “legs” and cape fly off of the back!
Now, this one brings back memories. I think it was my junior or senior year of high school that a couple buddies used cardboard boxes and a cardboard tube to make me a tank cover for my scooter. We painted it camouflage green and it even had a hatch at top to pop my head out of. But, this tank below blows my old one to bits. The kid’s even got smoke coming out of the “gun!”
Wait. Not impressed? Fine. Same dad did a pirate ship:
And a firetruck:
His full Reddit stream on it all is at .
Last, here’s one I saw a few months ago. My Geekling is a huge fan of How To Train Your Dragon and, while he is not a wheelchair user, might want to borrow this kid’s Hiccup and Toothless rig via TheMarySue:
The point is that people who use mobility devices are not “wheelchair bound.” Our chairs, scooters, and walkers do not bind us. They liberate and free us to get out and about. And, if you’re going to use one, why not make it part of your costume?
Now, who wants to help me build my Serenity freighter idea for my scooter?