Every Halloween This One-Legged Guy Makes An Epic Costume (Interview)
Paralympian. Motivational speaker. Comedian. Author. Academic. Lamp! Wait, what?
Every Halloween This One-Legged Guy Makes An Epic Costume (Interview)
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Paralympian. Motivational speaker. Comedian. Author. Academic. Lamp! Wait, what? Josh Sundquist is at it again, this year dressing up as the infamous Pixar jumping lamp for Halloween.

When it comes to Halloween, having only one leg is a huge boon to Sundquist, not something that gets in the way. He uses his one-leggedness as an advantage to make interesting, unique, and hilarious costumes. These bring a smile to our faces and we think they keep getting better every year.

When you’re done with this article, have a look through Bored Panda’s previous posts about Sundquist here, here, here, and here. As you’ve probably already guessed, we love what he does and can’t wait to see what he comes up with next year!

In an interview with Bored Panda, Sundquist talked about himself, his goals, challenges, as well as why he dressed up as the Pixar lamp. "I wanted to dress as the Pixar lamp because I thought it would be funny to see a human-sized desk lamp with a functioning light hopping around. Also, my internet followers have been requesting this costume for many years. I feel like this costume will be difficult to top next year. My DMs are open if anyone has ideas," Sundquist explained. Scroll down for the full interview!

Sundquist joked that he's 'addicted' to making people laugh: "As addictions go, this is a pretty good one. It has very few side effects. And it's free (other than the annual cost of building a Halloween costume)."

The motivational speaker also didn't shy away from speaking about the challenges he faced in life apart from losing his leg. "Like any good millennial, I've had to work through a standard quota of mental health issues. But mental health, of course, is never finished or cured or overcome. It's managed. It's ongoing. It's in progress."

What's more, Sundquist shared some advice to help people overcome problems that they're struggling with: "If you're carrying a heavy burden, you have three options: You can hold on a little longer, you can find someone to share the load, or you can decide it's time to let go. All three are equally valid. Wisdom is choosing the best one for this particular moment."

How many of us would have the guts to dress up as the Pixar lamp? When push comes to shove, not a lot of us. But Sundquist went for it. He’s full of confidence, a desire to inspire others and make them laugh. He lost his leg to cancer at the young age of just 9 years old, but this hasn’t slowed him down one bit.

Virginia-born Sundquist turned his disability into something that helps him give other people purpose in life. What’s more, the 35-year-old is known far and wide. First as an American athlete, having become a Paralympic ski racer. Later trading it for motivational speaking, comedy, and writing.

“In high school, I wore a prosthesis all the time and didn’t want anyone to find out I was missing a leg,” Sundquist revealed on his website. “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.” That kind of determination and acceptance of yourself doesn’t grow on trees and we’ve all got a lot to learn from him.

On previous Halloweens, Sundquist has dressed up as Gingy the Gingerbread Man from Shrek, a flamingo, a foosball player, Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast, Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, and others. What are you going to dress up as, dear Pandas?

Comments (28)
He has a leg up on everyone else for Halloween!
Foxxy’s #1 fan
These are fantastic, love it. My favourite would have to be the Tigger.
Well at least bro didnt skip leg day..whats your excuse
The Pixar Lamp costume is brilliant!
I can hear the sounds of the lamp so clearly right now
Love this. He's really making the best out of being an amputee! :)
Donna Reynolds
These are all epic but the flamingo is perfection.
I love catching up on Josh's costume each year! So imaginative and always so well done. (As an aside to Bored Panda - PLEASE learn how to write ages correctly. "At just 9-years-old Josh Sundquist lost his leg to cancer" is not correct. It is written "9 years old" in this usage. "The 9-year-old Josh Sundquist" would be correct (here it's an adjective), or just "the 9-year-old" (here it's a noun) but in the sentence as quoted it's just a phrase. You don't write "He lost his-leg-to-cancer" or "He had a-good-weekend"; don't write "he is 9-years-old"!!)
He might be missing a leg but he's got a brilliant imagination and humour that more than makes up for it.
Troy Currie
He'd Hop, I'd Hop, We'd All Hop To IHOP!!
Oh that guy!!!! cool!!!! love his ideas each year!!!
This guy's attitude is great, hes very artistic and has a great sense of humor...
Miguel Denyer
Very cool!
Chris DiFonso
Very well done, sir!
Tigger is the best one!
Brandi Gates
This fantastic
Phantom Captain
I look forward to this every year!
IM SO FUCKING DONE THESE ARE SO CLEVER NOW I WANNA CHOP ONE OF MY LEGS OFF now im sounding dark) but to be honest i love the IHOP costume.
The first time I saw the Pixar short, I cried. Especially at the part where the baby Pixar was playing with the ball. I'm really not sure what about that made me cry, but I did it again, reading this story. So perfect.
Jo Choto
What a great way to promote body positivity and confidence.
Bunny Lady
Genius! Absolute genius!!!!!!
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