halloween for amputees

Halloween is rapidly approaching, and there’s no better time to dress up as something scary and funny for what should be an entire month of festivities.

You do not want to wait until the last minute to come up with a costume. The best Halloween costumes take planning and forethought. Whether you want to amuse or horrify, you have to put in the time and get the creative juices flowing.

We decided that this year, we are going to help you get a jump on the Halloween fun by sharing with you a few great costume suggestions for people with limb loss.

Pirate Captain

Everyone loves a good pirate. And what’s something every pirate needs? A peg leg!

The essential elements of a great pirate costume are simple. You’ll need:

  • An eyepatch
  • A bandana or pirate hat
  • A billowy white shirt
  • Pants that go just past your knee
  • Gold jewelry of your choice
  • The infamous peg leg

Real pirate peg legs were made of wood. You could replicate wood by wrapping brown paper around your artificial leg. But you don’t have to. You can help take the pirating world into the modern day with your prosthetic leg just as it is.

You will get bonus points for your costume if you can talk like Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Just get lots of practice.

(Here are some pirate costume pictures to give you some inspiration.)

Scary Zombie

Everyone has seen a zombie at some point (hopefully not in real life). You can scare others this Halloween as a shambling fiend from the grave by dressing as a zombie - complete with missing limbs!

You’ll need:

  • Torn clothing
  • Gruesome face makeup
  • Fake blood

You can go with or without your prosthetic limb. If you go without, put fake blood around your stump. If you go with, you can really impress people if you rig it so it can fall off whenever you want to put a fright in someone. If you do not want to go that far, but still want to be creepy, dress your artificial limb in the same clothes, add a little fake blood, and then carry the limb around with you as you stumble down the streets.

People will love it.

(Here are zombie costume pictures to give you a few ideas.)

Shark Attack Victim

Anyone who has ever seen Jaws knows just how terrifying a shark attack can be.

You can replicate this terror by dressing as a shark attack victim! You’ll need:

  • A surfboard or boogie board
  • A wetsuit OR a long-sleeved water top OR a bathing suit
  • Fake blood

If you are wearing a wetsuit or a long-sleeved water top, shred the edges where your missing limb is. Put fake blood wherever the limb would be, and splatter some on the rest of you.

Then - and this is the fun part - draw and cut out a big chunk from your surfboard or boogie board in the shape of a shark bite.

Then you will be in prime position to horrify - and amuse - people you “surf” into.

What are you going to be this Halloween?

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