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Stop Organising Your Halloween Costumes Because This Paralympian Wins

Stop Organising Your Halloween Costumes Because This Paralympian Wins

Some people 'win' Halloween by turning up in a costume based on TV shows, movies or real-life incidents that have recently caught the public imagination, while others get points for putting in the effort to make a really intricate outfit.

But then there are those people who utilise every aspect of their body to make a particularly epic costume which blows everyone away.

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Enter Paralympian Josh Sundquist, who has produced some of the best looks year on year.

Here's my Halloween costume!
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He was diagnosed with bone cancer at the tender age of nine, and had to have his left leg amputated. But he hasn't let that stop him from making the US Paralympic Ski Team and the US Amputee Soccer Team.

He decided to show off his 2017 costume, Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, by jumping around on his tail at a trampoline park.

But if you thought this get-up is impressive, then check out his efforts from years gone by.

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The 33-year-old has previously taken on Lumière from Beauty and the Beast, an IHOP restaurant sign, a leg lamp, a huge cookie missing a leg and a flamingo that transforms before your very eyes.

He wrote on Instagram that anything can provide him with his inspiration: "Earlier that year I'd spotted an ostrich at the zoo and thought, 'Hey that looks like me. If I was, you know, doing a handstand on my crutches'. A few minutes later, I walked by the flamingos and thought, 'Even better'.

"I'm always looking for things that are shaped like me. Which seems to be an instinctive human behaviour. We are always looking for ourselves - in mirrors, on the side of shiny buildings when we walk by on the sidewalk."

Josh also told Huffington Post that he's been doing this for a few years. "I started making these costumes seven years ago to make my friends laugh at Halloween parties," he said.

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN :ghost: 6.5 days • Throwback to 2013. The year of the flamingo. • Earlier that year I'd spotted an ostrich at the zoo and thought, "Hey that looks like me. If I was, you know, doing a handstand on my crutches." A few minutes later, I walked by the flamingos and thought, "Even better." • That's basically how I get the ideas for these costumes. I'm always looking for things that are shaped like me. Which seems to be an instinctive human behavior. We are always looking for ourselves-in mirrors, on the side of shiny buildings when we walk by on the sidewalk (don't pretend you don't look), and on selfie cams. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ • Like, a computer would interpret the end of that paragraph as a series of unicode characters. But YOU saw a person shrugging, right? So that's how I think of costume ideas. Just like you, I recognize my body within the shapes and characters around me. • My shape, at least in terms of limb count, is different than most people's. It's even different than most amputees, who usually retain some portion of their limb. (That portion is called a "stump"-kind of crude but that's actually the word most doctors use). Anyway, my leg was amputated at the hip, so I don't have any stump at all. In fact, if I did have a stump, most of these costumes (especially the flamingo) wouldn't work. These particular costumes depend on me being shaped in this particular way. • It turns out that that your body is shaped in a particular way, too. In fact, every body is. (That pun was for you, Dad). Maybe your shape is not something you want to build your Halloween costumes around (who would do that? ugh sounds weird). But this Halloween, I hope to be a reminder to you that you can accept-or even celebrate-your body no matter how it happens to be shaped.
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"Which is still why I make them - it's just that recently the internet has made that party much, much bigger. Which is great because I feel like I've been put on earth to delight and entertain people.

"Sometimes I do that on a stage as a motivational speaker and comedian. At Halloween, I do that by wearing creative costumes."

Awesome to see him owning his body and making the best of it, while also absolutely shredding everyone else's Halloween costumes. We salute you, Josh.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/joshsundquist

Topics: Outfit, Awesome, Amputee, Amazing, Interesting, Feels, halloween, Community, Costume, Inspiration

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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