Target is expanding its Halloween offerings to include even more adorable trick-or-treaters this year. Its Hyde and Eeek! Boutique is featuring several costumes specially designed to be adaptive for kids with disabilities, including two add-on features to turn a wheelchair into a carriage worthy of royalty or a swashbuckling pirate ship.
Both the carriage and ship are part of a larger selection of costumes designed to be adaptive for kids with disabilities. The princess dress and pirate costume, which are sold separately, are made to be easier for kids in wheelchairs to dress in and wear.
Additionally, Hyde and Eek! is selling two adaptive costumes specifically for kids with sensory issues: The line’s shark costume and unicorn costume are tagless and have flat seams, aiming to be less irritating for kids who have sensory processing sensitivities (which often includes kids with autism).
I always look forward to @Target Halloween stuff but was really happy to see that this year they stock wheelchair accessible costumes. 🖤 Everyone should be able to enjoy Halloween 🖤 pic.twitter.com/RqlBetnJ0Z
— Megan Sawyer (@ghost_girl13) July 17, 2019
While the selection is still limited, it’s hopefully a start towards wider, more inclusive offerings in the future. Parents of kids with disabilities face challenges around Halloween and are often required to DIY costumes that can accommodate wheelchairs — a pretty hefty lift for the at-home seamstress/crafter. While homemade can be fun, it’s also nice to feel like you’re making the choice (store-bought vs. DIY), not being forced into the only available option. And because Target’s costumes and wheelchair accessories are sold separately, there’s still room for creativity if kids would rather be, say, a handsome prince in a carriage or a pirate’s parrot aboard a ship.
This isn’t Target’s first foray into making kid’s offerings more accessible. In 2017, the company started adding adaptive clothing to its kids lines such as Cat & Jack, CNN reports. You can see the full line of adaptive clothing here; it starts at toddler and goes through kid’s sizes 14-16. There are more limited adaptive clothing options for adults as well.