One Cincinnati father is taking Halloween to a new- almost intergalactic level- by building a mini Millennium Falcon for his sons to trick or treat in this Halloween.
Sean Lehmkuhl, the owner of an app development company, built the iconic “Star Wars” spacecraft for his two sons to drive—or “fly”—themselves around their neighborhood on Halloween. His sons, Luke, age five, and Max, age three, are going as Han Solo and Chewbacca.
“Parents always want to do something special for their kids,” Lehmkuhl told “Good Morning America.”
He said he spent a month and a half building the costume, using weekends, weeknights and even lunch breaks to finalize his masterpiece. He modeled his to-scale version of the starship after the original 1977 Millennium Falcon toy, and he published a video showcasing his step by step process.
A lifelong “Star Wars” fan, Lehmkuhl has been collecting vintage toys from the series with his brother since the 90s.
“My kids don’t even have to go out and walk to get candy. They just drive down the street, and everybody wants to come out and see the costumes. It’s a draw for the neighborhood,” Lehmkuhl added.
This is the fourth year that Lehmkuhl has created a detailed mobile costume for his sons. Last year, he built an Ecto-1 from “Ghostbusters," and the year before, he made them a Batmobile.
This year’s “Star Wars” theme is a family affair. Lehmkuhl said that he is going as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his wife is going as Princess Leia.
Lehmkuhl emphasized that not only was this project a great creative outlet for him but he also wanted to give his sons a memory that they’ll carry with them well after Halloween is over.
“My kids are at the ages now where they’re excited, and for them, it’s more the experience of driving (the Millennium Falcon) and going outside and playing and pretending that they’re ‘Star Wars’ characters,” Lehmkuhl said. “When they get older, I think they’re going to appreciate how much time and effort I put into it so that they could have those memories.”