There are a couple of scenarios on how people deal with life-changing illnesses. They can either slip into deep depression, become numb to the world surrounding and give up completely, or they can make the best of what life gives, creating even a better living than before.

Josh Sundquist was diagnosed with cancer when he was nine years old and was told he had a 50% chance of surviving. Despite undergoing chemotherapy, he is now a leg amputee, but by thirteen he was cancer-free, and by sixteen, he was ski-racing. Now, Sundquist is a motivational speaker that’s become famous on social media for his witty, amputation-incorporating Halloween costume ideas.

“I’ve always dealt with the social discomfort of being an amputee by having a sense of humor,” Sundquist explains. “But now I’m more comfortable with who I am and what I look like, and I guess with these Halloween costumes you could even say that I celebrate what makes me different. Which may be either weird or refreshing, depending on your perspective.” Though Josh usually wears a prosthetic leg, he chooses to leave it behind when creating his costumes. He explains the inspiration for the best Halloween costumes below:

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Josh Sundquist lost his leg to cancer when he was just 9 years old

“I’ve always dealt with the social discomfort of my disability by having a sense of humor, and with these Halloween costumes I celebrate what makes me different”


2010: “From Shrek. Not the gumdrop buttons!”

2012: “My wife Ashley suggested this idea, a reference to the movie ‘A Christmas Story'”

2013: “I was just at the zoo one time and I noticed that flamingos look like me doing a crutch handstand. So yeah”

2014: “A YouTube subscriber suggested it to me at VidCon. I thought it was appropriate since last year I was also named to the US Amputee World Cup Team”

2015: “It’s a classic amputee joke. This year I decided to anthropomorphize it”


“If my career as a motivational speaker doesn’t work out, I could probably get a job at IHOP”


2016: “Want to see my newest Halloween costume? Be our guest”