If you think you and your family have the best Halloween costumes this year, I hate to break it to you, but someone has you beat. Anthony Alfano, a boy with cerebral palsy, has a Halloween costume that puts yours to shame. Seriously, it does not get better than this. Each year, Anthony has a great getup, but this year he is going as the Lincoln Memorial snow globe. Yes, you read that right — not just the memorial, but a snow globe of the memorial, bubbles and all. Anthony, 7 years old, has been rocking some of the best Halloween costumes in the neighborhood forever. For his first Halloween, he was Elvis, sideburns and bedazzled onesie and all. Other highlights have included Pinocchio, a horse jockey, and a hockey goalie. All thanks to his Halloween-crazed dad and crafty mom, obviously.
Deanna Alfano, Anthony's mom, told Inside Edition that it's a family effort. “Since he’s in the wheelchair, we look for things for sitting," she said. "Right after Halloween last year we thought about the Lincoln Memorial and we were like what can we do to take it a step further, and we thought of the snow globe."
It's pretty spectacular. Especially because Anthony is nonverbal, his mom said. “Once he’s in his costume he totally he laughs and smiles and definitely loves the attention,” she said.
The only bad thing about having a great costume one year is that you have to keep shooting for the stars. After baby Elvis, it was almost expected that Anthony would wow the neighbors with his Halloween costumes. "People started really responding to Anthony’s costumes and expecting it every year,” Alfano told Inside Edition. (Perhaps the only downside to being the coolest kid in town.)
The Cerebral Palsy Foundation has been sharing some other costumes of kids on Twitter and they're totally inspiring if you're still looking for ideas (all while putting your own overused cat ears headband to shame):
There's also 6-year-old Jeremy Miller who has spina bifida. His dad, Ryan Miller, outfitted him in a full on Ghostbuster's mobile for the holiday. It took over a month to create, but patience and a good attitude go a long way.
"There were so many challenging parts to this costume, which is part of the fun, but by far getting the curve of the body was the hardest part," Miller said of making the costume. "We had a couple of failed attempts until we got it right."
Planning children's costumes, trying to make them "great," and then remembering to buy candy at the grocery store to hand out to trick-or-treaters is not an easy task (and it often happens in just a few hours). But parents with children in wheelchairs or special needs have some extra obstacles to overcome for the holiday and it's pretty impressive what families can pull together. I don't know who wins this Halloween prize — the Lincoln Memorial snow globe, the Ghostbusters mobile, or crafty and innovative parents who know how to go with the flow and use a glue gun.