Disabilities Inspire Creativity on Halloween
In the spirit of Halloween, we wanted to focus on two unique tales of creative Halloween costumes. Josh Sundquist lost his left leg to cancer when he was just nine years old and Jackson Poole suffers from a rare genetic condition that prevents him from walking.
Josh Sundquist likes to have a bit of fun with his costumes, dressing up as familiar characters, animals, or objects! Halloween, in his terms, is a way for Josh to celebrate what makes him different.
“I’ve always dealt with the social discomfort of my disability by having a sense of humour.”
You can see some of the costumes that he has had in the past, including the Gingerbread Man from Shrek, the one-legged lamp from A Christmas Story, a flamingo, a foosball character, and the IHOP sign, for the sake of hilarious puns.
Four-year-old Jackson Poole and his father, Chad, enjoy the creative challenge that Halloween presents. Chad always ensures that his son gets to experience Halloween. Last year, Jackson’s costume was the house from the movie, Up, with him dressed as the old man.
This time around, Chad was challenged by his wife and Jackson’s mother, Tracey, to recreate the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. For their son to feel included, putting in the extra effort is priceless. For Jackson, who is also non-verbal, the excitement can be seen in his eyes.
“It melts your heart, makes every hour worth it,” says Tracey.