United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) will host a social media contest this October to find the most inventive, creative and limitless costume for children (or adults) with disabilities. Halloween is all about the costumes, but for many children with disabilities it can be difficult to find an off-the-rack costume which will accommodate their assistive technology – such as wheelchairs, crutches and braces. Also, some children with disabilities, including autism and Down syndrome can have sensory processing issues that require a bit more creativity in choosing a costume that doesn’t irritate or upset. That’s why UCP is celebrating those children and parents who have made the extra effort to create incredible custom costumes so that every child has the opportunity to experience a #HalloweenWithoutLimits.
Kicking off October 6, UCP will be calling for photo submissions on our Facebook page and Twitter (@UCPNational) account until Thursday, October 30 at midnight EST. Submitters should post on our wall using the #HalloweenWithoutLimits hashtag. Feel free to tell us a little bit about who the costume was created for and why. Anyone can enter, multiple entries are allowed and costumes can be new or from previous Halloweens. However, they must have been created for or worn by a person with a disability – child or adult.
Throughout the month, we’ll encourage our 23,000+ fans and followers to vote for the most creative costume by “liking,” “commenting” on, “sharing,” “favoriting” and “retweeting” their favorite photos. Halloween Friday, October 31, we’ll announce the fan favorites – the top five online vote getters. Those winners will be featured in UCP’s next Full Spectrum e-newsletter on November 3. Also, in that issue of Full Spectrum, UCP will announce our staff pick for most creative costume. That winner will be invited to tell the story of their costume (and their family) in an upcoming guest post on the Voices of UCP blog and receive candy gift packages compliments of Hershey’s.