All children, even those with disbabilities, can join in on all the Halloween fun this year. Now that's what we call inclusivity!
Halloween is probably every kid's favorite holiday. I mean, who doesn't love playing dress-up and getting free candy? However, for disabled children who have to use wheelchairs or experience sensory sensitivity, the holiday probably isn't as fun as it should be. That's why this year Target is finally introducing some much-needed additions to their Halloween costume line: wheelchair and sensory-friendly costumes. This means that all children, even those with disabilities, can dress up as their favorite characters and enjoy a fun night of trick-or-treating. The retailer has recently released four new costumes through its Hyde and Eek! boutique, Insider reports.
I know Halloween is a long ways off, but Target has officially unveiled its newest line of wheelchair-friendly costumes. I think that's pretty cool and creative.https://t.co/erT3GYWkMJ pic.twitter.com/mfAcVBCksy— Judd Davis (@BamaJD) July 18, 2019
Two of the four new costumes are wheelchair-adaptive coverings. One can transform a child's wheelchair into a fairytale-ready purple carriage while the other covering turns a wheelchair into a pirate ship, complete with its own spooky little pirate flag. The coverings retail for about $45 and use "hook=and-loop closures for a secure fit," which means they are easily attachable and removable. To complete the ensemble, you can purchase a $20 princess outfit or a $25 pirate costume (both sold separately to the wheelchair coverings). These costumes come equipped with openings in the back for "ease of dressing," as per Target.
In addition to these wonderfully inclusive costumes, the retailer has also introduced two costumes for children with unique sensory needs. One is a shark costume and the other is a unicorn costume. Both are made with a fluffy plush material that is super soft to the touch. Target also made sure to manufacture them with "flat seams and no tags for an ultra-comfy feel." These costumes retail in sizes for children as well as toddlers and cost $25 each. The shark costume features a removable hood and fins to accommodate for sensitivities, whereas the unicorn costume includes a detachable hood, tail, and wings.
The new costumes were introduced two years after Target unveiled their now-popular sensory-friendly clothing items for their children's line, Cat & Jack. A Target spokesperson stated, "Based on the response to our Cat & Jack adaptive apparel and Pillowfort sensory-friendly home items, we know that design details can have a huge impact. We're now bringing that spirit of inclusivity to our new Hyde and Eek! Boutique kids' adaptive Halloween costumes, which we hope will bring more ease and joy to our guests' everyday lives."
Learn about Target’s new line of adaptive, sensory-friendly Halloween costumes with coordinating wheelchair covers: https://t.co/4G2JO5u0pm #disabled #Disability #halloween2019 #specialneeds #wheelchair #adaptiveclothing @enablingdevices pic.twitter.com/NO5MfjDpj9— Enabling Devices (@EnablingDevices) August 29, 2019
And they definitely already have. Many users on social media platform Twitter were incredibly excited about the new costumes. Fox News anchor Holly Morris posted: This is both brilliant and compassionate. My favorite story of the day so far. Way to go, Target. Target employee Shankar Raman wrote: Making life fun for everyone! We are a very inclusive organization that cares for everyone. Proud to be working for Target. The Nora Project, an NGO dedicated to serving the disabled community, stated: We love Target’s newest Halloween costumes that include adaptive options for children with special needs. Designs include wheelchair-friendly costumes and options for children with sensory-processing difficulties. Thank you, Target for being inclusive! If you're interested in purchasing one of their newest costumes, you can preorder through the official Target website.