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Campaigners call for accessible Halloween outfits

rows of pumpkins with carved out scary faces
rows of pumpkins with carved out scary faces Image credit: wollens.co.uk

With Halloween just around the corner most of us are fishing out our scary outfits to celebrate the big day, but when it comes to costumes suitable for people with disabilities the limited range is pretty scary.

Accessible clothing is also usually quite expensive hence why campaigners such as disabled lifestyle blogger Gem Turner is asking for more Halloween outfits to be suitable for all.

As she can’t find, let alone afford pricy costumes Turner jazzes up her wheelchair with spooky decorations and brings out the face paint, but she wishes she could turn into a witch for just one day a year.

Turner told ITV News: ''I love Halloween. I really enjoy socialising and being with my friends, but it's really difficult to find costumes for Halloween.

''I've got small limbs and I'm 3 ft 1. Costumes are for average tall people with long sleeves and long legs, so it's difficult.''

It’s a problem which hasn’t gone unnoticed by disability specialists such as Shani Dhanda.

Dhanda said: ''It's very difficult to find clothing that's suitable for you if you live with a condition or an impairment.

She added: ''I can't just go into a shop and find an item of clothing and wear it straight off the rail. I have to get that tailored or adapted first.

''That costs money and disabled people already face unavoidable extra costs and this only adds to that.''

Warren Kirwan from Scope added: ''Disabled kids want to dress up, trick-or-treat and have fun just like everyone else.

''I think it's up to major companies to put their disabled customers first and not have them as an afterthought.''

The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.”