Inspiration

This Man With One Leg Nails His Halloween Costume Every Year

Josh Sundquist inspires in a variety of ways, and this time of year, he’s all the inspiration you need to get in the Halloween spirit. Sundquist lost one of his legs after finding out he had a rare bone cancer as a 9-year-old, but he doesn’t let that hold him back—especially when it comes to his Halloween costumes. He comes up with something creative every year, and you’re going to love what he’s decided to dress up as for Halloween 2017.

Sundquist’s costume choices fully embrace the fact that he only has one leg, and they couldn’t be more amazing. In 2016, he dressed as Lumiere from “Beauty and the Beast,” and in 2013 he went as a flamingo, just to name a couple.

The Lumiere costume couldn’t have been more spot-on.

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN 👻 5 days • #TBT to #Halloween 2016 • About two-thirds of you have started following me since last Halloween (thanks!), which means you might’ve missed this costume I wore last year. So I present you with with my 2016 Halloween costume: Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast. • I wanted to dress as this character last year because the live-action version of the movie was coming out a few months later, and I knew Ewan McGregor was going to be playing a two-legged version of Lumiere. I was afraid that after the movie was released, the animated monopod Lumiere of our childhoods would be replaced in the popular consciousness by Ewan McGregor’s biped Lumiere. • Which, in hindsight, I don’t think has happened. The movie was fantastic, but it seems like people still imagine the animated version when they think of this character. Sidenote: In my humble opinion Disney should have kept Lumiere’s original body-shape by casting me for the role. Just saying. • Anyway, I’ll be sharing this year’s costume VERY soon. Wanna take a guess?

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As for the flamingo, he really went all out. He’s practically doing a handstand to bring this costume to life. Impressive!

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN 👻 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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Then, there was the time he dressed up as the leg lamp from “A Christmas Story.”

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN 👻 7.5 days • Here’s a throwback to 2012, when my then-girlfriend-now-wife Ashley suggested I dress up as the leg lamp from “A Christmas Story.” • I have to be honest here: I had never seen the movie. I grew up in a pretty religiously conservative home where we did not do things like watch PG movies or, for that matter, celebrate Halloween. On Halloween, we actually locked the doors and turned all the lights off so no one would come trick or treat at our house. I didn’t wear a Halloween costume for the first time until I was in college. Which all makes it kind of funny that Halloween has become such a significant holiday in my life. (They probably wouldn’t admit it, but I think even my parents get a little excited about Halloween now.) • Anyway, I wore this costume to a Halloween party and everyone kept quoting lines from the movie like, “FRA-GEE-LAY!” and “It’s a major award!” and I was like, “Um, what?” • I also got a lot of compliments on my ability to walk on a high heel and crutches. The costume itself was a high heel, fishnet stockings, a lampshade (like a real actual lampshade that I just wore like a skirt), and battery-powered Christmas lights to illuminate the lamp. • I took this photo myself. It got shared on Reddit and hit the front page. People went back and found the photo of my 2010 gingerbread costume, and everyone was commenting “look, he’s an amputee who does funny Halloween costumes!” And I was like, hmm, OK, I guess I’m an amputee who does funny Halloween costumes. It’s not, like, something I set out to be—and certainly not the path my parents would have chosen for me ha ha—but I feel lucky to have stumbled across an idea that brings people joy. So I’ve continued to make costumes like this ever since. And I’m hoping my 2017 costume (stay tuned!) will also make you smile. • P.S. If you’re wondering about 2011: WE DON’T TALK ABOUT 2011. • P.P.S. A few days after Halloween 2012, The Christmas Story House in Ohio (a museum located in the actual house where the movie was filmed—and yes, I eventually watched it) mailed me a full-sized leg lamp with a certificate that said, “A Major Award for Winning Halloween.”

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Oh yeah, and in 2010, he was the adorable little gingerbread from “Shrek.”

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN 👻 8 days • Here’s a throwback to 2010, the very first year I dressed in an one-leg-themed-type costume. Back then, you didn’t do it for the Instagram because it hadn’t been invented yet. I just wanted to have a costume that would make my friends LOL—which they did. • The main feedback I got from strangers, though, was people wondering where I had hidden my leg in the costume. “That’s amazing! How’d you do that?” • Anyway, I got the idea from Shrek. Remember? NOT THE GUMDROP BUTTONS! I just bought a regular gingerbread man costume online and then cut off the leg with scissors, trying to create those teeth-marks in the fabric. It was the easiest costume I’ve ever made. • So there was this website back then called DailyBooth. Sort of an old-school Instagram where you took photos on a webcam instead of a mobile phone. (Because, again, this was 2010. I mean, I had a Blackberry at the time.) So that’s where I took this photo. On a webcam. And that’s why it’s so grainy. • After I snapped the webcam photo on DailyBooth, I left my apartment with my friends to go to a Halloween party. Later, we just wandered around the city in our costumes, taking photos with strangers (using our Blackberries, of course), like you do on #Halloween

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There are plenty more costumes certainly worthy of mentioning because he’s been at this for seven years. And somehow, he always manages to top last year’s Halloween costume.

As for 2017’s costume reveal … drumroll please … Sundquist is going as Tigger from “Winnie The Pooh!”

Here’s my Halloween costume!

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Sundquist didn’t necessarily intend for his costumes to become such a topic of conversation online, but he seems more than up to the challenge of impressing each year.

“I started making these costumes seven years ago to make my friends laugh at Halloween parties,” he told the Huffington Post UK. “[That’s] 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.”

What started out as a joke among friends has become a bit of an internet sensation. Thousands of people have reacted to this year’s costume. Folks on Twitter are calling Sundquist “truly inspirational” and more.

Others are even calling him their “favorite.” Because nobody does Halloween quite like he can.

Some people are thinking he may have broken the internet with a costume this incredible.

Most of all, people are just excited to see him making the most out of Halloween—and life, in general.

Sundquist told ABC News that he came up with the idea for the Tigger costume while scrolling through Reddit.

“I saw it and said, ‘That is such a good idea. How have I never thought of being Tigger?’” he said. “He hops and he bounces, which is what I do when I’m not using my crutches. And he’s such a fantastic character from all of our childhoods.”

Sundquist’s 2017 costume is pretty great, so that only means there’s even more to look forward to in 2018. What will Sundquist come up with next? Awaiting his costume reveal may become part of your Halloween traditions!

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