For most children, Halloween is one of the most fun days of the year. It’s a chance to dress up, have a party and go door to door trick-or-treating. And of course, coming home with bags full of candy! But for one young boy, Halloween is so much more than dressing up – it’s a day to feel normal.
9-year-old Anthony Alfano from Melrose Park, Illinois, has set the standard for awesome Halloween costumes thanks to his incredible parents. In the past few years, he’s been Minime, an ice hockey goalie, Zoltar and even a snow globe of the Lincoln Memorial.
Little Anthony lives with cerebral palsy which has left him in a wheelchair and with very limited movement. Because of this, Halloween is like a great disguise to feel like any other kid and escape the stigma of feeling ‘unable’ to do fun things.
Anthony’s dad, Tony loves building elaborate costumes for his son to mask the wheelchair and make people say ‘wow’ at his outfits:
“He’s always seen as Anthony the boy that can’t do nothing… I just want to make him not be seen that way. Halloween costume is like the best disguise,”
Every Halloween, Tony builds his son an elaborate costume and his mom Deanna puts the finishing touches together.
“It’s a nice break from the every day watching other kids run down the block, kick a ball… play with their friends. You can tell he wishes he could do those things,”
Unlike other kids his age, Anthony can’t dress or feed himself but he looks past these struggles to enjoy trick-or-treating. And the Alfanos make sure that he has the best Halloween each and every year. In fact, his costumes are so good that Anthony goes home with a full bag of candy every year!
Last year, Anthony’s wheelchair was turned into the epic Wheel of Fortune spinning wheel.
People were so impressed with it online and Anthony even got the chance to watch a live recording of the show and meet the hosts.
“We got to go and see and meet Pat and Vanna and watch two live tapings and Anthony was ecstatic,”
This year, Anthony’s costume is an incredible replica of ‘the famous waiting room scene’ from the movie Beetlejuice. Dad built a fake couch around Anthony’s old wheelchair and they got some mannequins to sit at each side of Anthony.
Anthony’s mom then got the clothes and makeup together to turn her son into the perfect Beetlejuice doppelgänger.
“He has like a stigma for having special needs. So this is a way that they look at him and they see this like bright, happy kid and it makes them feel good; in return puts a smile on his face when he gets all the attention,”
Each year, Tony and Deanna aim to take Anthony’s costumes up a notch – he loves seeing how they come together. Tony was asked if he thinks he’s reached his peak with the elaborate costumes but he doesn’t think he has yet.
“No. Not yet. I don’t think so. I think… there’s room for more, he motivates me to do what I have to do as a dad.”
Anthony’s now seen as an inspiration for other kids who are told “they can’t” and Deanna couldn’t be prouder.
“It’s kind of like we’ve built this platform for other families. It feels like this was kind of like our purpose to bring Anthony into people’s lives and homes and to brighten their day and put a smile on their face.”
Don’t forget to check out Anthony’s incredible Beetlejuice costume and his other awesome outfits in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝