Accessible Halloween costumes have received a lot of attention on the internet lately and it’s for a good reason. People with special needs deserve to have fun during Halloween, too. Now, one little boy is going viral for his costume that homages a beloved Pixar character.
Brantley Morse lives in Ohio and has cerebral palsy.
At 2 years old, he’s been through a lot. Besides cerebral palsy, he’s had many other health challenges. But his parents say the suffering hasn’t dampened his joyful spirit.
His medical conditions require him to use a walker. So, with Halloween approaching, his mother started racking her brain for a costume. It needed to be one that could accommodate him.
At last, she had the bright idea to dress him as the old man from the movie Up.
With the walker, glasses, and bow tie, Brantley and his mom nailed it. He’s unmistakably the grumpy Carl Fredricksen. The only difference is that Brantley is wearing a broad smile.
Brittany Morse shared pictures of her son on social media. She also shared the story of his medical issues and his indomitable spirit.
“Brantley is just over here making the absolute BEST out of having a disability, and rocking his medical equipment with his awesome Halloween costume,” she said.
Brantley hasn’t seen Up yet.
But his mom says they’ll be adding it to their movie rotation. Maybe it’ll become one of his favorites.
“We wanted to spread hope and positivity to everyone,” she said. “Brantley seems to love wearing the costume. He smiles all day.”
Brantley was born prematurely at only 24 weeks gestation.
He has both mental and physical delays. For the first nine months of his life, he was in the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the end of his medical challenges.
The sweet little boy also has stage 3 kidney disease and chronic lung disease. That’s not all. He suffers from gastroparesis as well, which affects the way his body digests food.
“He has had 10 surgeries so far,” said his mother. “And although he struggles, he always is able to put a smile on his face and others.”
She wanted Brantley to celebrate the holiday along with his older siblings.
He’s been in the hospital often. In fact, Brittany Morse describes herself as a “stay-at-hospital” mom. Celebrating Halloween with an accessible costume meant having a normal childhood experience.
“You would never know this sweet boy has a list of chronic medical conditions, with that contagious smile that’s always on his face!” said Brittany Morse.
“Hoping to spread some positivity to everyone, especially those struggling – if this little dude can smile, so can you!”
Brantley may have had a difficult start to life, but one thing’s clear: his medical issues don’t define him. He wore his Halloween costume to a local fall festival and later for trick-or-treating. It was a holiday memory the family will never forget.
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Source: My Positive Outlooks