Cape Breton mother transforms son's wheelchair into custom Halloween costumes
SYDNEY, N.S. -- All the joys of Halloween should be accessible for every ghoul and goblin, but children in a wheelchair enjoying the spookiest night of the year can come with some challenges – including finding adaptive and inclusive costumes.
However, one Cape Breton mother always finds a fix.
"You can buy a costume, just any costume, and put it on him but it's just not the same," said Nichol MacNeil of Sydney, N.S. "It bugs me actually, to be honest."
While every child has their own special super power, for MacNeil's 12-year-old-son, Devon, it's his wheels. Devon was born with cerebral palsy and his wheelchair is essential if he's going to partake in the staples of the spooky holiday.
Instead of dwelling on the limitations of the device, MacNeil ensures his chair is part of the experience.
“Just because he has a disability, isn't going to stop him from going out to have fun.”
Every Halloween, MacNeil constructs a custom costume for Devon so he can trick-or-treat too.
From the Flintstones, to Batman in a Batmobile, to the Toronto Maple Leafs' Zamboni, each outfit is fitted around his wheelchair -- all custom made by mom.
"It takes a lot of thinking and trying to picture it on his chair," says MacNeil.
This year will be a first: an entire ambulance, complete with sirens and lights for their paramedic-themed family ensemble.
"I try to incorporate everything I can for him as well because he is family," MacNeil says.
MacNeil says the response from their Cape Breton community makes this treat even sweeter for the whole family.
"You're walking down through the streets with the kids and you hear all the people saying 'that's so cool!' The positive feedback is unreal.”
A super mom, with two stellar kids and a souped-up wheelchair, is ready for the spookiest night of the year.