Tricked out wheelchairs a treat for patients this Halloween

First annual Wheelchair Costume Clinic a huge hit with kids in Salt Lake City

Friday, October 28, 2016
Boy sitting in model spaceship

Shriners Hospitals staff helped patients transform their wheelchairs into custom-built costumes with creations such as a princess carriage, race car, batmobile and the Millennium Falcon. This new Halloween tradition was the hospital’s first-ever Wheelchair Costume Clinic.

Patients had the option of bringing in a costume to be adapted to their wheelchair, or constructing their favorite animal or vehicle from scratch, thanks to help from our wheelchair and seating staff, recreational therapist and volunteers.

Halloween traditions such as parades and door-to-door trick-or-treating can pose challenges for children with physical disabilities and hospital staff wanted to do everything in their power to make it a level playing field for children in wheelchairs who come to Shriners Hospitals for care.

The clinic is one example of the hospital’s wraparound services that go beyond physical needs to also meet children’s social needs.

The clinic also supports Shriners Hospitals for Children’s national anti-bullying campaign Cut the Bull – a response to the fact that children with physical disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied.

This event is made possible by Spirit of Children, which has raised $126,325 since 2010 for Shriners Hospitals for Children —Salt Lake City.

Get a peek at a few of the costumes in this fun recap video.