Melrose Park Kid’s Halloween Costume a Media Sensation Again

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Anthony Alfano, center, and his parents Tony and Deanna Alfano. | The Alfano family 

For Halloween last year, Tony and Deanna Alfano, of Melrose Park, dressed their son, Anthony, up as the Lincoln Memorial snow globe.

This year, Anthony’s dressing up as his favorite game show, “Wheel of Fortune.”

According to a WGN TV report, Anthony’s dad “used a trailer hitch, an old battery operated motor and a lot of ingenuity to make” the costume.

The Alfanos have been making their son’s Halloween a delight since he was born. Throughout his life, the 8-year-old — who has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound — has dressed as Elvis, Pinocchio and a jockey, WGN notes.

Lincoln costume

Anthony Alfano dressed as the Lincoln Memorial snow globe for Halloween in 2016. | ABC 7 

And over the years, Anthony has captured thousands of hearts. His costumes have been featured in a range of media that span platforms and politics, from local TV news to the Chicago Tribune, from Huffington Post and ABC News to Breitbart.

“Halloween is just a day when we can just stop looking at the actual wheelchair and look at the boy in the costume,” Deanna told ABC 7 news.

“He’s not going to be our super star baseball player,” Tony told the news outlet. “He’s just going to be the kid on Halloween that people are going to remember … And that’s what I want to do.” VFP

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