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Hospital Turns 20 Children’s Wheelchairs Into Dream Costumes For Halloween

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

For many kids celebrating Halloween, it’s as simple as going to a store and picking up a costume. But for children at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah, store-bought costumes won’t work.

That’s why hospital staff and volunteers spent hours transforming the children’s wheelchairs into amazing costumes so they could celebrate Halloween.

The hospital holds an annual Wheelchair Costume Clinic where 20 patients can tell volunteers exactly what they want their wheelchair to transform into — and nothing is off limits!

The staff and volunteers used items like construction paper, paint, PVC pipes, and more to build the costumes for the patients.

“It’s one of the most rewarding things we’ve done all year,” Matt Lowell, director of the hospital’s seating and mobility program, told People. “Every kid wants to go trick-or-treating just like their friends, but with a wheelchair to deal with, having a fun Halloween isn’t always easy.”

Keep scrolling to see some of the amazing and detailed designs!

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This little boy’s wheelchair was transformed into a closet door from Disney’s Monsters, Inc.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman!

His smile says it all.

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This little boy requested a food truck costume for his wheelchair and it looks amazing!

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This little cutie looks exactly like BB8 from Star Wars.

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My inner astronaut is so jealous of this NASA space shuttle costume.

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The volunteers transformed 20 wheelchairs into the costume of the patient’s choice. Nothing was off limits!

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Big or small, the patients’ wheelchairs got the star treatment. How cool is this popcorn costume? Yummy!

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The volunteers used items like hula hoops, PVC pipes, and colored tape to make the costumes.

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The patients were able to show off their completed costumes in the hospital’s playroom.

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Her wheelchair looks exactly like Vanellope von Schweetz’s Candy Kart from Wreck-It Ralph!

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