Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Ghoul Ideas

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Ghoul Ideas

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HOW TO MAKE THE COSTUME:

The child should be dressed in a white robe (can be made out of a sheet), with a halo (can be made out of pipe cleaners--spray adhesive--glitter). Boy angels may want to carry a trumpet and call themselves the Archangel Michael or Gabriel.

To decorate chair:

1. Clouds--cut cloud shapes out of cardboard. Paint both sides white. Glue fluffs of batting to one side of the cardboard to make it look fluffy. Attach to armrests using pipe cleaners, string, or yarn. Do a trial run and verify that clouds are not interfering with movement of wheels or application of brakes. (If the child must be transported on bus, pipe cleaners will be easiest. Take clouds off for transportation and send instructions for attachment to school.)

2. Wings--cut wing shapes out of cardboard. Paint both sides white, then use a very light gray paint to add detail. Apply glitter. (Optional: add some diaphanous fabric or feathers to wings.) Attach to push handles of wheelchair using pipe cleaners, string, or yarn. Do a trial run and verify that wings do not interfere with the caregiver's vision or access to push handles.

Option: if child will not tolerate halo on head, it can be attached as part of the wings.

VARIATION (for boys): thunderstorm

The child should be dressed in gray and black. Black hat with yellow thunderbolts attached to side (can be cut out of cardboard and hot glued to hat). Clouds should be painted gray and black, and batting should also be spray painted gray. Attach the large yellow thunderbolt to the back of the chair. …

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