These images show Addie, the 7-year-old daughter of Senior Chief Air Traffic Controller (AW/SW) Kevin Kruse and Wendy McCoy Kruse, decked out in an aircraft carrier costume.
Addie, in aquaflage no less, serves as the ship’s island while the rest of the flattop is built around her wheelchair.
“The sounds of ‘Anchors Aweigh’ playing as she strolled the neighborhood in the USS Addie made for the best Halloween ever!” Wendy wrote in a message to Navy Times.
The Navy spouse is president of the Military Special Needs Network, an organization aimed at supporting military families with special needs children.
“The whole purpose of it was to inspire others who have children with disabilities. They can have just as much fun on Halloween as any child,” Wendy said.
The family lives in San Diego. Past assignments for dad include the aircraft carriers John C. Stennis and Carl Vinson.
It took two weeks to build Addie’s costume, which also included model planes and flight deck lighting.
Sadly, not everyone enjoyed the costume. In a blog post, Wendy relays an incident at school where another mom made a stink about the costume. She said it was taking too much attention away from the other kids and their costumes.
“You can either politely smile and say, ‘I’m sorry you feel that way,’ or go from zero-to-mama-bear in 30 seconds. Although not one of my finer moments, I chose the latter,” Wendy writes. “I explained that, although Addie uses a wheelchair, that doesn’t mean she can’t have fun for Halloween, despite her disabilities. How for one day out of the year, Addie gets to experience what it feels like to be a rock star.”