The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Trick Or Treat Feet: Best Halloween Costumes For Kids In A Foot Cast Or Boot

Posted by on Monday, October 24th, 2016

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It’s every kid’s worst nightmare: mere weeks or days before the highly-anticipated Halloween trick-or-treating and a foot injury results in the need for a cast or a silly walking boot—and perhaps even crutches! Accidents can happen at any time and, as parents, we want to do what we can to teach our children to cope with whatever life throws at them. Halloween foot injuries are no treat, but NYC podiatrists at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have a few ideas for kids to incorporate their injured foot or ankle into a creative costume that can still be a lot of fun.

Many costumes work well for kids with foot injuries.
With some ingenuity, many costumes look and function BETTER with a foot or ankle injury. Image Source: Flickr user Kevin Tostado.

Pirate

Pirates often have peg legs, so it’s not strange to imagine incorporating an injury and a limp into the costume. Wrapping the cast or boot in a brown paper bag could give the illusion of a peg leg. Wood-patterned socks are another easy way to fake it.

Cowboy/Cowgirl

Why have your child limp when he or she can ride in style? If you’re feeling generous, you can turn your kid’s frown upside-down with an amazing Pony Cycle—the ultimate Halloween prop! It’s basically a giant, ride-on stuffed animal with wheels that “gallop” using mechanical power—no batteries necessary. Naturally, your child won’t get full utility out of the horse until the injury heals, but, for now, you can pull the child seated on top, which is still adorable. If you don’t want to buy a whole cowboy or cowgirl costume, you can often piece something together from home using a plaid or white shirt combined with vest, jeans, a bandanna, and maybe even a cowboy hat.

Bigfoot

Who ambles awkwardly through the woods? Why, Sasquatch, of course! Thanks to Harry and the Hendersons, this feared beast can also be affable and fun, depending on which incantation you choose. Furry Bigfoot slippers are great for Sasquatch or as an accessory to a bear costume. As an added bonus, they’ll keep your kid’s feet safe and warm.

Mummy

The mummy is another classic monster with a naturally awkward gait. There are many different takes on the mummy—from the usual creepy version we all know and love to a rather cute baby who “loves mummy” to a sassy tween version. Best of all, mummies don’t speak, so there will be no need to answer the annoying question of, “What happened to your foot?”

Flamingo

Cute, fluffy, and pink may not be the ideal costume for an elementary-school-aged boy, but girls may enjoy being “pretty in pink” this Halloween. Flamingos sleep on one leg, so it’s easy to incorporate into a costume for a little girl with a foot injury. You can also add a pink feather tutu for an older child to dress it up even more.

Robot

Robots are noted for having over-sized, clunky feet. There are many kinds of robot costumes available for kids—from Marvel to Star Wars to Legos. An older boy might enjoy being a Halo character, and the boots will keep his injured foot safe and secure. A child in a wheelchair could scoot around as R2-D2.

Zombie

Zombies meander around, tottering from one foot to the next, which is a convenient way to cover up a limp and make it look like part of a costume. From gruesome bite prosthetics to zombie shoe covers, there are lots of ways to create a zombie look.

Injured Athlete

Why be a generic “injured football player” or “injured soccer star” when so many personal backstories are readily available? From the NBA’s Brook Lopez to the NFL’s Dez Bryant, kids really have their pick of injured star athletes this year! Be sure to visit our “sports” category for a rundown of this year’s biggest sports injury stories to choose a player to feign.

Other Ankle & Foot Injury Trick-Or-Treating Tips:

  • Your child may have really looked forward to walking with friends, but there are other modes of transportation. A wagon would be ideal! Motorized scooters or cars can work if you have them already or are able to rent them.
  • Consider looking for a hands-free crutch, particularly for older kids who may feel embarrassed or encumbered by crutches. Hey, if it’s good enough for Harrison Ford, it should be good enough for them, right?
  • Take a few practice trips around the neighborhood before the big day to get a feel for the challenges that lie ahead.
  • Go trick-or-treating in short 30-minute shifts, allowing 20-30 minutes to prop the foot up and ice in between.
  • If possible, consider having a party at the house instead of trick-or-treating this year.

Keep your kids safe this Halloween by taking good care of any foot injuries. If you need advice for treatment or tips to stay safe this time of year, contact a NYC foot and ankle specialist here.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.