Trick-or-treating is a time-honored activity for any child on Halloween night, but jumping from house to house also necessitates ease of transportation. While many of us take the ability to celebrate Halloween for granted, one non-profit is taking steps to make sure kids without that ability get a fair shot.
Magic Wheelchair is an organization determined to “create epic costumes for every brave and fearless kiddo in a wheelchair.”
Now armed with a crack team of creatives, a few compassionate volunteers, and generous donations from the public, the non-profit got its start when one couple’s child was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at only nine months old.
When Ryan and Lana Weimer’s son, Keaton, became old enough to trick-or-treat, and to imagine Halloween costumes he might dress up in, Ryan got creative.
It was after the successful creation of this pirate ship that Weimer realized Keaton and his two siblings, who also suffer from muscular dystrophy, were far from alone — and far from the only kids in need of a creative solution to a very real problem.
“Ultimately,” Weimer writes on the MW site, “creating each costume provides an awesome experience: taking something from Keaton’s imagination and seeing it realized as we hit the streets with our kids leading the way. People are amazed and it is a great opportunity for us to let people know about SMA [Spinal Muscular Atrophy] and MD [muscular dystrophy]. Absolutely the most rewarding thing is hearing my kids say along the way, “That’s awesome, Dadda!”
Every year, Magic Wheelchair asks kids to send in a 1-3-minute video describing their dream costume. Out of the submissions, an average of five get their ultimate dreams made reality, thanks to MW’s awesome team of builders and designers.
And, boy, are these some inspiring creations.
According to Tor, “each [costume] requires about 120 hours of work and between $2,000 and $4,000 to construct.” In July, the organization successfully raised more than $25,000 to put towards new costumes.
To be a part of further funding the cause, donate here.
Meanwhile, we’ll just be over here wishing our own Halloween costumes were half as epic.