Family uses wheelchair to craft Halloween costumes

Family uses wheelchair to craft Halloween costumes
Family uses wheelchair to craft Halloween costumes
Posted at 5:46 AM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 02:32:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Halloween gives kids the chance to dress up and go trick or treating for the night, but what about kids with disabilities?

WTXL ABC 27's Jada Williams joins was live Monday morning to show us how one Tallahassee mom is making Halloween fun despite her son's disability.

Halloween is a big deal for the Bailey family. Every year, they build elaborate costumes for their son's before a round of trick or treating.

For many families, a trip to the costume store is a delight come October.

"We love Halloween. We look forward to it every year."

However, you probably won't find the Bailey family picking out costumes.

"We try to incorporate the wheelchair into our costume every year."

Becky Bailey's son Camden was born with cerebral palsey, leaving him wheelchair bound.

But that isn't enough to stop the family from enjoying Halloween.

"The reason that we look forward to it so much is that it gives us a chance for people to see Camden as a fun loving little boy, and not just see him for his disability and for that wheelchair."

While the Bailey family doesn't have a problem finding costume's for their son's, trick or treating isn't as seamless.

"Accessibility can be difficult in our neighborhood. But there are poor sidewalks or poor accessways to trick or treat make it a little challenging sometimes."

But groups like Sportsability offer a chance for parents of children with disabilities to find alternatives.

"People need to realize that every body is the same and we can all play together, we can all treat or treat together, we can all wear costumes together."

Laurie LoRe-Gussak also says that parents can make simple adjustments to welcome all children this year.

"Some people may have some challenges, some may have some challenges getting to your door if they have mobility impairments so maybe stand out and look and see or maybe have options without candy for kids that can't have candy for whatever reason."

Simple solutions to make sure that every family has fun this Halloween.

Bailey also added that another issue they'll likely run into this year is having to trick or treat in the road becauase of all of the storm debris on the sidewalks.

So for anyone driving this Halloween, remember there will be more pedestrians in the street.