Miller has been building his son these epic wheelchair costumes for five Halloweens (see photos below). In 2010, the first year, Jeremy dressed up as Batman. But he had an added element most kids don’t: His wheelchair was the Batmobile.
“You have to see his face,” Miller said Friday. “He totally gets into character.”
As a “Star Wars” rebel pilot – he’s a huge fan of the sci fi franchise – Jeremy was so intense that Miller had to remind him to smile for pictures. His favorite character was Darth Vader (who he went as in 2011, his wheelchair affixed with TIE fighters) and was devastated to learn later that he’s actually a bad guy.
They’re planning to repurpose the snowspeeder costume to attend the “Star Wars” movie premiere in December and to Comic Con next year. In 2013, when Miller turned Jeremy’s wheelchair into a replica of Disney’s Main Street Electric Parade, they took it to Disneyland, and the park allowed him to wear it inside.
The costumes make Jeremy a mini-superstar wherever he goes. And each year, friends and neighbors eagerly await to see how his wheelchair will transform. This year, because the whole contraption might not make it up to doorsteps to ring the bell for trick or treat, Miller said they’ll blare the “Star Wars” theme music to let people know they’ve arrived.
“It’s awesome,” Miller said, of being able to do this for his son. “When we found out he was going to be born with spina bifida, it kind of changed the expectations of having a kid. You have ideas of Little League, that path was changed and altered.”
But Jeremy’s disability hasn’t stopped him. He plays wheelchair basketball, he’s gone surfing, he loves the skate park.
“He’s an amazing kid, the sweetest kid in the world,” Miller said. “This is an opportunity to make him feel special and let him live out his imagination.”
Check out Jeremy’s last five years of costumes:
2015 — “Star Wars” snowspeeder
2014 — Captain America
2013 — Disney parade
2012 — Neverland Pirates
2011 — Darth Vader
2010 — Batman
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