With the new Star Wars film only a few months away, Star Wars-inspired costumes are perfect for this year’s Halloween. As to that, no one rocked the Jedi look better than the 8-year-old Jeremy Miller. His dad, Ryan Scott Miller, was determined to make the Halloween festivities much more special for him. Thanks to his creativity and prodigious talent for putting things together, Ryan was able to turn his son’s wheelchair into a snowspeeder like the ones seen in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. And he did it extremely well, as you can see in the YouTube video below.
Clad in a Rebel Alliance uniform, a helmet, and mean-looking Nerf guns, Jeremy sure looked like a young Padawan. The nerf laser guns are fantastic. And he even looked at the camera and gave a salute. How cute is that? The Force is strong in this one.
Netizens commended Ryan on YouTube for his tremendous efforts to make his 8-year-old son’s Halloween celebrations much more special over the past few years. One commenter said, “You’re a good father Ryan, your son is lucky to have you.” “You are one bad ass dad,” another commenter said.
The elaborate Star Wars snowspeeder costume he made for his son was constructed out of a many different materials, such as foam board, PVC pipe, bicycle brakes, Nerf guns, duct tape, just to name a few, Ryan told CNET. It wasn’t easy too. According to Ryan, the Star Wars-inspired costume took “two weeks full of late nights and weekend work” to complete. He designed the Star Wars snowspeeder costume himself, basing it on photos of models found on the Internet. The snowspeeder’s got the whole works as it comes with working flaps and shoots Nerf darts filled with glowsticks, making it look like the exact replica of the speeders used by the Rebel Alliance in the Battle of Hoth in Star Wars: Episode V.
The Star Wars-themed project allowed Ryan and Jeremy more opportunities to enjoy some father-and-son bonding time as Jeremy enjoyed having the front row seat watching his dad go through the building process.
“[Jeremy] saw it throughout the build process and every night he would have this open-mouthed look of shock. He couldn’t wait to get in it.”
Jeremy has spina bifida, a birth defect that results from the improper development of the spinal column. Many children with spina bifida require braces, crutches, and as in the case with Jeremy, wheelchairs. When Jeremy underwent hip surgery, his “accessories” became part of his costumes, Miller told KTLA.
Jeremy, also called by his loved ones as “Tenacious D,” won’t allow his spina bifida to get in the way of his happiness, of course. When he’s not geeking out over Star Wars, he plays basketball and rugby in his spare time.
This isn’t the first time Ryan transformed his son’s wheelchair into a costume. Last Halloween, he turned Jeremy’s wheelchair into Captain America’s motorcycle. In the past Halloweens, Jeremy rode the Batmobile, a pirate ship, and a glowing Electrical Parade float, to name a few.
Ryan said that he loves seeing his son’s enthusiasm for the costumes he made for him, and that this year’s Star Wars-themed costume was extra-special because it represents something that he loved as a child.
“I was a huge Star Wars fan as a kid and I would have loved to have something like this, so it makes me giddy-happy to see my son so happy and excited in it.”
[Image via Ryan Scott Miller/YouTube]