This Man With One Leg Nails His Halloween Costume Every Year
They keep getting better—and 2017's costume is epic!
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 • 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.
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. As a comedian, I'm always looking for funny ways of looking at things—or for things that look like me in funny ways.
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. 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.)
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?”
There are plenty more costumes certainly worth mentioning because he’s been at this for seven years. And somehow, he always manages to top the previous year’s Halloween costume.
As for 2017’s costume reveal … drumroll please … Sundquist is going as Tigger from “Winnie The Pooh!”
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.
— MichaelKitces (@MichaelKitces) October 28, 2017
Others are even calling him their “favorite.” Because nobody does Halloween quite like he can.
You’re my favorite.
— 🎲Derek Knabenbauer (@DKlarations) October 27, 2017
Some people are thinking he may have broken the internet with a costume this incredible.
Okay, you win the internet today man lmao
— Emmett (@versatilep0tato) October 27, 2017
Most of all, people are just excited to see him making the most out of Halloween—and life, in general.
Awesome, making the best out of life
— OhMyGogi! Food Truck (@OhMyGogi) October 30, 2017
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 (just like we wait for Neil Patrick Harris and family’s costumes)!