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How neighbors stepped up to help an Aurora boy who trick-or-treats on wheels

Posted at 10:21 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 01:10:54-04

AURORA, Colo. -- Trick-or-treating is something almost every kid loves. But have you ever stopped to think about the little ones all dressed up in a costume that may not be able to make it to your front door to politely ask for candy?

Jayden is 8 years old. He wanted to be a motorcycle rider for Halloween. But he's going in more than just a leather jacket and sunglasses. He's riding a motorcycle -- or his motorized wheelchair turned into one. 

"It's been exciting and fun," he said.

He has cerebral palsy. He's also getting to be a bit of an expert when it comes to his yearly Halloween costume. He's been a fire truck, a volcano, a trash truck, and even a pirate ship before this year. 

This year, he went with a motorcycle because it's something his grandfather likes. That's who helped him make his specialty costume out of paint and cardboard. The man who normally makes them, Jayden's dad, is currently deployed overseas. 

But even with the coolest costume on the block, the simple act of trick-or-treating can be a challenge. 

"We always had to deal with the struggle that the wheelchair can’t get up the front porch," Jayden's mom said.  

So she went on NextDoor. 

"Asked a few neighbors if they wouldn’t mind coming out this year and maybe coming out and seeing his chair and handing the candy to him," she said. 

And sure enough, several neighbors braved the cold to come out and give Jayden a piece or two of candy. Between the compliments and the "thank-yous," there was one other thing that was on those Aurora driveways: a little boy with a smile.

"How much candy do we need?" Jayden said after only being out for an hour but already with a full bucket of treats.

Click on the video above to watch Denver7's Jason Gruenauer go trick-or-treating with Jayden in his motorcycle.