It’s the spookiest time of year, but decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. While spooky wheelchair décor might not be the first thing that springs to mind when the leaves begin to fall, decorating wheelchairs and walkers for Halloween is a great way for seniors to get into the spirit. Below are some simple ideas for adding a touch of spookiness to wheelchairs and walkers this All Hallows’ Eve.
Add Halloween-themed Fabric and Accessories
One of the simplest ways to get into the Halloween spirit is by using some themed wheelchair accessories to celebrate the holiday. Seasonal-print cushions and lap blankets can set the stage along with some strategically-placed Halloween decorations such as ghosts, witches, and black cats. Trail a gauzy cheesecloth ghost behind you. Hang a row of mini-pumpkins from the frame of a walker. Or string some spooky spiderwebs between the spokes of your (or a loved one’s) wheels.
Add Fall Foliage
Leaves and pumpkins certainly conjure up thoughts of Halloween. Attach bunches of silk autumn leaves with tape or florist wire, then pop in some mini jack-o-lanterns for fun. You can adorn wheelchairs and walkers with fall accessories early and then add spooky touches as Halloween night approaches.
Light It Up
Colored lights aren’t just for Christmas anymore. Weave strands of battery-powered LED lights in Halloween colors — orange and purple — into the spokes of wheelchairs or wrap them around walker frames. For a creepier effect, add some wisps of spiderweb and an arachnid or two.
Use Stickers or Decals
Halloween stickers are inexpensive, easy to use, extremely versatile, and a lot of fun. However, remember that stickers also have to be removed unless you plan to make Halloween a year-round celebration.
If you don’t want the hassle of sticker removal, plastic clings might also be an option, and cardboard cutouts can be added to any available surface with a touch of clear tape.
Dress It Up with Ribbons and Streamers
Craft stores overflow with Halloween-themed ribbons, and decorating can be as simple as tying a neat bow. You can also use Halloween ribbons to wrap walker and wheelchair frames and transform them into Halloween statements.
Buy a Ready-Made Adaptive Costume
If you want more than decoration, an adaptive costume — created specifically for people who use wheelchairs or walkers — might be a good option. While you probably won’t find them at your local Walmart, some brick-and-mortar stores such as Target offer adaptive costumes, and they can also be ordered online. Adaptive costumes usually consist of one part for the walker or wheelchair and costume clothing for the device’s user.
If you’re going the DIY route, you might try incorporating several decorative ideas above for the best effect. And if you’re really into the Halloween spirit and have a crafty or artistic friend or family member on hand, a little paint, hot glue, some cardboard, and imagination offer nearly limitless possibilities. For example, walkers and wheelchairs are a solid base for a huge range of 3-D costumes.
Whether you go the DIY route or opt for a commercial costume, keep safety in mind. Ensure that any trailing decorations don’t cause a fall or slip or get caught up in a wheel. Ensure that handgrips and brakes are clear and easily accessible. And for various mobility aid needs, visit SimplyMedical today.