Can Ryan Miller outdo himself this year? Last year’s epic Star Wars snowspeeder costume got a shout out on Twitter from Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill.
Every year, Ryan Miller makes a customized Halloween costumes for his son, Jeremy. This year, in an attempt to out-do last year’s epic Star Wars snowspeeder, Miller pulled out all the stops.
Jeremy was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that affects approximately 1,500 pregnancies each year. It occurs when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) don’t properly form around part of the baby’s spinal cord.
The costume idea started when Jeremy had hip surgery as a toddler and had to wear a specialized cast called a “hip spica”, which immobilized his legs. Dad specifically requested the hospital make the casts bright red so they could transform his son into Lightning McQueen for Halloween.
This year, the Miller family left Jeremy’s costume up to a poll amongst friends. They had to choose between four family approved suggestions.
The votes were cast and they chose the classic 80’s Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car.
Ryan provided photographic updates of his costume’s progress on his Instagram page, as well as detailing the steps for how to build the epic wheelchair costume.
“This has been the most complicated and difficult build,” Miller said, citing the need for a complex frame needed to carry all the Ghostbusters gear.
The Ecto-1 is fully tricked out with working lights and sirens. Jeremy can ride and steer in style this Halloween!
Jeremy isn’t the only one smiling at the amazing finished product, the dad and son team took the Ecto-1 to the local children’s hospitals so that they could get in on the action, too.
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