Halloween offers a unique opportunity to be anything you want to be. And thanks to his parents, 8-year-old Anthony Alfano of Melrose Park, Illinois, gets to be something remarkable every year.
Anthony has cerebral palsy, and his wheelchair inspires parents Deanna and Tony Alfano to create amazing costumes each October. This Halloween, he'll be dressed up as one of his favorite game shows: Wheel Of Fortune.
"We watch it every night in our house with Anthony," Deanna told . "He loves hearing the alphabet, but he has a love for most game shows."
Deanna said that though Anthony is non-verbal, once he is in costume "he laughs and smiles and definitely loves the attention." They made this year's getup with a , a foam wheel, and LED lights so the costume can light up when Anthony goes door to door on Halloween night.
The elaborate costume tradition began when the Alfanos dressed 1-year-old Anthony as Elvis, complete with sunglasses, sideburns, and a —a look truly fit for the King of Rock and Roll.
Deanna said the family takes Anthony trick-or-treating every year, and he also enters competitions.
Last year, when Anthony transformed into a Lincoln Memorial snow globe, Deanna that her husband was a huge Halloween fan growing up. The more impressive they made Anthony's costumes, the more everyone looked forward to seeing them come October.
"Halloween is just a day when we can just stop looking at the actual wheelchair and look at the boy in the costume," Deanna told .
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