Halloween Costume Ideas for the Disabled

Dressing up for Halloween is fun for everyone. Whether you are a child or an adult, being able to dress up for an evening and someone else is exciting. Everyone should be able to enjoy this type of fun. 

 

Having a disability should not prevent you from dressing up for Halloween. In fact, it may even give you a little bit of an advantage. When you have a disability, you have the ability to be a lot more creative with your Halloween costumes. 

 

For those who have mobility disabilities and use a wheelchair or scooter, you can take advantage of your moving chair to create a fabulous moving costume. Think about it.  You can create an entire themed costume and not just a simple pullover outfit. 

 

Use cardboard and change your wheelchair into an X-Wing fighter and dress up as a Jedi. Or change it to a covered wagon and be a cowboy. If you use a walking frame, why not cover it to look like a stage and make yourself into a puppet? For anyone using a walking stick, change it into a samurai sword. 

 

Halloween costumes are about creativity. You can change yourself and your medical devices into anything that you want, even if it is only for a day. It just takes some time and a little bit of imagination. 

 

If you have a disability that is not a mobility restriction, you are still not limited to the types of costumes you can enjoy. Making a costume is a great project and can be a lot of fun. You can make something as simple as a ghost outfit from an old bed sheet to a complicated outfit like a space alien. 

 

Large cardboard boxes are great for changing into Halloween costumes as are old clothes that you can find at charity shops. You can be creative with old hats and old art supplies without having to spend a lot of money on your costume. 

 

The most important thing to remember when you are creating a Halloween costume is that you make something that makes you happy. It does not have to mean anything to anyone else. It does not have to be perfect; it does not have to be fancy, and it does not have to be popular. The most important thing is that it gives personal satisfaction and that you will enjoy yourself when you are wearing it. If you can make a costume that makes you happy, then you have captured the fun of Halloween. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).