Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that puts smiles on the faces of deserving kiddos in wheelchairs by creating custom costumes for them at no expense to their families.

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Putting a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair

Ryan and Lana Weimer, the founders of Magic Wheelchair, have five children, three of whom were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which requires the use of wheelchairs for the entirety of their lives.

Each Halloween, Ryan made the biggest, “baddest” costumes he could for his sons, Keaton and Bryce, for many years. Once news of these costumes spread, Ryan began receiving requests from parents around the world asking if he would transform their kids’ wheelchairs into “magic…and then, in 2015, Ryan and Lana decided to make that happen and started the non-profit organization that seeks to put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair.

what is magic wheelchair?

Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that makes epic costumes for children in wheelchairs. 

How We Do It

Kids, with their parents’ permission, submit a 1-3 minute video telling us what they want to be for Halloween, a parade, or another big day and why. More

Vision & Mission

Our vision is to put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair by transforming their wheelchairs into awesomeness. More

The Costume

Being in a wheelchair can be tough so we want to make something epic of which the kids and designers can be proud. More



Ryan & Lana Weimer, founders of Magic Wheelchair, every year create costumes for their kids in wheelchairs. More

Our Volunteers

It takes a large group of dedicated and passionate people to make the dreams of kids come true. More

2016: An Epic Year for Magic Wheelchair


25 epic costumes

in 11 states

18 teams building the Magic

20 kids in a Boys and Girls Club building Batmobile

An adorable Cinderella at a 5k

4 school build teams

3 Comic Con reveals

2 under the sea creations

1 Fire Engine Costume 

Innumerable lives changed

So Many Smiles

Click to see gallery of 2016 costumes



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Eligibility Criteria

  • Children ages 5 years and up
  • Primarily uses a  wheelchair.
  • Have an idea for an awesome costume.
  • Although the costumes are only for children, only a parent or legal guardian are eligible to be selected.
  • Not related to any of Magic Wheelchair's employees or volunteers



Application Process


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