Anyone who has the creativity and patience to make their own Halloween costume deserves a round of applause. But Josh Sundquist deserves an extra round, and a side of pancakes — as does his wife!
Sundquist, a Paralympic skier with only one leg, has been making his own Halloween costumes for the last few years. His approach is both innovative and playful, purposely dressing in a way that takes advantage of what makes him unique.
This year he didn't come up short. He came up short stacks!
The motivational speaker and best-selling author dressed up as a sign for the restaurant chain IHOP. Sundquist uploaded a short video of himself literally hopping around in his costume, wherein his leg served as the sign pole.
“It’s a classic amputee joke,” said Sundquist in a blog post. “This year I decided to anthropomorphize it.”
His wife, Ashley Nolan, whom he wed last month, was in on the joke, and is dressed this year as stack of pancakes. This year marks their “first Halloween as a married couple."
Sundquist, also a U.S. Amputee Soccer Team player, insists that IHOP didn’t endorse or even know about his costume.
While this might be the humorous athlete's best costume yet, he's built up tough competition for himself in past years.
In 2010, he was a gingerbread man with a partially-eaten leg.
In 2012, he was the infamous “leg lamp” from the seminal Christmas flick "A Christmas Story."
In 2013, he was a flamingo.
And last year he was a Foosball Table player.
Sundquist, who lost his leg to cancer when he was 9 years old, said in his bog post that he's "always dealt with the social discomfort of my disability by having a sense of humor. But I used to be much more self-conscious."