This Nonprofit Makes Halloween Costumes for Kids in Wheelchairs
Magic Wheelchair designs and builds epic costumes that incorporate the child's wheelchair and theme of choice
Ryan Weimer has been making elaborate Halloween costumes for his own kids since 2008. Last year, he decided to start Magic Wheelchair so that other disabled children could enjoy similarly intricate costumes.
Weimer has three children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition that confines them to wheelchairs. Weimer’s oldest child, Keaton, started driving his powered wheelchair at two years old. The first Halloween Keaton had his wheelchair, he announced that he wanted to be a pirate.
“I was thinking about it, and I realized I could probably build a pirate ship around the wheelchair itself,” said Weimer. “When you don’t know how much time you have with your kids, you do as much as you can with the time you have. You go big.”