Man, we might as well all stay home for Halloween, because nobody is gonna beat this guy!
What do the leg lamp from A Christmas Story, a flamingo and Aladdin all have in common? They're all epic Halloween costumes by one ingenious man.
Talk about turning a negative into a positive. When U.S. Paralympian Josh Sundquist was just nine, he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in his leg. A year of chemotherapy saved his life, but not his leg: doctors were forced to amputate. The incident led to an inspiring encounter for the budding athlete.
Speaking to People, Sundquist said:
"When I was a child, I wanted to be a Disney animator when I grew up. At age nine I lost my leg to cancer. A few weeks later I got a letter from an animator at Walt Disney who happened to be a double amputee. His name was Broose Johnson. Make-A-Wish later gave me the chance to meet him."
Since then, Sundquist has gone on to become a member of the US Amputee Soccer Team--plus a downhill skier, comedian, author and motivational speaker. (Geez, what have YOU done today?)
And as if that isn't enough, Sundquist has become known for some truly epic Halloween costumes.
Every year, Sundquist comes up with something that seems impossible to beat. And then, like a true champion, he goes ahead and blows it out of the water the next year.
He's been a foosball player...
An IHOP sign...
AN ACTUAL FLAMINGO...
And, my favorite that seems too good to be true: the tacky-as-hell leg lamp from A Christmas Story!
But this year's costume takes thing to a whole new level--and Sundquist credits his encounter with Broose Johnson as its inspiration.
What exactly inspired this stroke of genius?
"The letter Broose sent me as a child had a drawing of Genie, which was one of the characters he animated. So this year I wanted to dress as Genie as a tribute to Broose, to Make-A-Wish, and, of course, to Robin Williams."
Josh also shared a video to Twitter telling the whole story:
Here's my Halloween costume! https://t.co/HBBgSMl8sP— Josh Sundquist 🧞♂️ (@Josh Sundquist 🧞♂️)1540442908.0
Of course, folks on social media went INSANE for the costume, because how can they not?
@JoshSundquist Damn!!!! How do you out do yourself every year??— Hannah Hart (@Hannah Hart)1540525704.0
@JoshSundquist GENIUS— Spoopy Moogy (@Spoopy Moogy)1540442937.0
@JoshSundquist https://t.co/s8DwJjeTx1— Edward Sanchez (@Edward Sanchez)1540521209.0
@JoshSundquist i look forward to this every year🙌🏼😩— 𝕊𝕡𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕪 𝔸 (@𝕊𝕡𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕪 𝔸)1540482479.0
@JoshSundquist He just won Halloween!— Alexis Reyes (@Alexis Reyes)1540567767.0
I love everything about this https://t.co/a33jZxHZ5U— LC (@LC)1541001582.0
Genius! #HappyHalloween 🤣 https://t.co/3PS62ESUUO— Agitos Foundation (@Agitos Foundation)1541000143.0
My friend @JoshSundquist has done it again. https://t.co/NtvLuVRQn2— Matt Smethurst (@Matt Smethurst)1540856784.0
Josh Sundquist is the still the reigning #Halloween costume king! | https://t.co/w5MqeOrmRo— LegWorks (@LegWorks)1540829418.0
@NBCSports @NBCOlympics @JoshSundquist Another winner.— Christine (@Christine)1540996149.0
@JoshSundquist Okay, this is epic.— Houoin (spooky) Kyouma! (@Houoin (spooky) Kyouma!)1540569223.0
@JoshSundquist https://t.co/ywQK9Z536o— Sabrina Shanise (@Sabrina Shanise)1540538017.0
And some folks even found Sundquist's creation inspiring.
@JoshSundquist My son has Autism and sometimes complains that his “brain doesn’t work right”. I’m always telling hi… https://t.co/w0avjpfPi1— Y'all Ain't Right (@Y'all Ain't Right)1540927340.0
How can Josh possibly top this next year?! Something tells me he'll find a way...