For people with physical disabilities, Halloween has become an opportunity to embrace their bodies and celebrate differences.
Many people are sharing photos of their creative clothing, highlighting and incorporating their disability.
In April, a photo from Chicago, USA, read her own dress titled “Halloween is an amputee’s Christmas for us.” This photo was voted more than 115,000 times on Reddit.
In April, she told the BBC that she hopes to “share some of my experiences” to help people with disabilities to look more positively about their bodies.
She said she was happy that others shared their own role models.
A Reddit user wrote: “I lost half of my right leg. Two years ago, I was lying in a layer of fake blood in front of the front door, and my girlfriend would answer the trick or deal with it on her shirt. And a fake meat cleaver. The reaction is priceless.”
Another person said: “My mother is a double amputee. When the older trick or therapist came, she asked me to pull the prosthesis down and then ran around.”
In April, she said that she had reached the “media of peace”, she had accepted her body and hoped to “find various ways to use it.”
While many people appreciate her creativity and attitude, some point out that people with disabilities face real obstacles that cannot be overcome simply by positivity.
A Reddit user wrote: “The brave attitude can’t make up for the lack of wheelchair ramps. The loser’s attitude may indeed be your failure, but there are legal restrictions and challenges that don’t care if you ‘don’t care about them'”.
Former Paralympic player Josh Sundquist described himself as a “Halloween Enthusiast” and created many amazing costumes to celebrate his physique.
This year, the American talk show comedian dressed as Aladdin’s elf, inspired by Disney animator Bruce Johnson, who has two prosthetic legs.
Josh was diagnosed with a rare cancer at the age of nine, and his left leg was amputated.
Josh told the BBC that he wore a prosthesis every day: “I don’t want people to know that I have a leg,” he said.
“After amputation, psychological adjustment takes a long time to be comfortable.”
It is this acceptance of his body that enables him to wear his costume.
He said: “If you don’t use my body, it’s impossible.”