Grandpa Creates Fully Functional School Bus Halloween Costume for 5-Year-Old in Wheelchair
There are so many fun activities in the Fall. From carving pumpkins and exploring corn mazes to trying new pumpkin spice recipes and making creative Fall decor, there is certainly a lot to enjoy about the season.
One of the most exciting things for kids to look forward to is Halloween. Kids love deciding on the perfect Halloween costume and going trick-or-treating. As parents, we love seeing all the kids dressed up in their cute costumes and sometimes we get dressed up ourselves when we take the kiddos trick-or-treating.
Many people have trouble choosing from the endless list of awesome costumes, but for some people, it’s the opposite problem. If you happen to be in a wheelchair, it’s not as easy. Sure, you could roll around while wearing a popular costume like a super hero or something, but wouldn’t it be even better if the wheelchair could be part of the costume?
Five-year-old Blake Mompher is wheelchair bound due to spina bifida, but his mom and grandfather aren’t letting his wheelchair stop him from enjoying Halloween.
Blake, who has been in a wheelchair since he was one-and-a-half, had a custom-made bulldozer costume one year. His grandfather made it by hand to fit over his wheelchair.
This year, Blake wanted a different costume that was equally cool. His mom, Meghan Mompher, suggested a school bus because Blake loves watching the school bus drive by. That’s where Blake’s grandfather, Mompher’s father-in-law, comes in. Mompher says, “I said, ‘This is what I want to do, can you do it?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ He did it all by hand just from pictures. He’s amazing.”
Blake loves his new Halloween costume. His wheelchair still functions perfectly when he’s wearing the costume.
Watch Blake take his new costume for a spin in the video below.
Mompher says, “Everyone that talks to him or sees him is like, ‘Does he every cry or does he ever get mad?’ He’s just always happy, he has a positive attitude. He’s been through so much. He’s actually having a surgery next month. It’s probably the biggest one we’re going to have. It’s a whole bladder reconstruction. Even him knowing that’s coming, he just always has a positive attitude, he’s always happy. It’s all he knows and he kinda goes with the flow of things.”
Instead of worrying about his surgery, Blake is excited to wear his Halloween costume when he goes trick-or-treating. We love that his mom and grandfather made that possible for him.
What’s the most unusual Halloween costume you’ve ever seen? What are you (or your kids) going to be for Halloween this year?