Toddler's kissing booth Halloween costume melts hearts everywhere

Courtney and Hyrum Gray, of Austin, Texas, own and operate a company selling kids’ decor and play items, so you’d better believe the pressure is on when it comes to bringing imagination to life around Halloween time. This year, Hyrum totally nailed it with the costume for Madden, now two and a half, the youngest of their three children. He turned the walker his son uses into an old-fashioned kissing booth.

Madden in his kissing booth costume (Photo: Instagram/Tnees_Tpees)
Madden in his kissing booth costume (Photo: Instagram/Tnees_Tpees)

“Last year, he had barely gotten his walker, and we were trying to think of ways to include it into his costume, so he was an old man, and my wife was an old woman,” Hyrum tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “This year, we wanted to do something again to integrate his walker. He’s just a special little boy, and everybody loves and adores him, so it just popped into our head to do a kissing booth.”

Madden was the hit of the party #boxtumes #specialneeds

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Madden has a developmental disability that leaves him unable to speak, but he’s wearing a look of pure joy in the Instagram stories his parents uploaded showing him getting into the booth for the first time.

Judging by the Grays’ previous Halloween costumes, creativity is a family affair. It’s also good for their business, Tnee’s Tpees, which makes fabric play tents, faux fur rugs, and other Instagram-worthy accessories for kids.

What are you and your kids going to be for Halloween this year? The 1st picture is how we dressed up 6yrs ago when I was pregnantwith my Darcy. The other pictures(swipe to see)are of last year. Which costume is your favorite?I’d have to say @maddenhyrum as a grandpa with @hyrum_ coming in as a close 2nd as Dora The Explorer

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“Our business is based off of social media, so we’re always looking for the next little idea to take a good picture and get good engagement and excite our followers,” Hyrum says. They made their kids’ costumes early this year to attend their church’s “trunk or treat” party, which took place in the parking lot, an ideal place for Madden to use his walker.

“Everybody came up and … asked, ‘Can I give him a kiss?'” Hyrum said. “Lucky [for them] he was handing them out for free. We could have made tons of money!”

Other parents have made creative use of their children’s walkers and wheelchairs to make elaborate and clever Halloween costumes for their kids.

One little boy’s parents turned his wheelchair into an amazing dragon he could ride, and the boy himself became Harry Potter.

Wheelchair costume 2017. Harry Potter riding a dragon! #wheelchair #wheelchairlife #wheelchaircostume #wheelchaircostumes #samvsvwm #vwm #vanishingwhitematterdisease #leukodystrophy #findacureforvwm #vwmff #vwmfamiliesfoundation #livingwithaterminalillness #leukodystrophyawareness #sambuck #harrypotter #harrypottercostume #dragon #dragoncostume

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Another little boy became Han Solo, his walker turning into the Millennium Falcon.

Another family, the Weimers, got so into making their kids’ wheelchair costumes, they decided to turn their hobby into the nonprofit, Magic Wheelchair. Their recent Justice League creations debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, giving all other would-be heroes a run for their money.

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