Local dad tricks out rides for kids this Halloween

Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 18:31:59-04

OLATHE, Kan. -- Halloween is just days away and before kids hit the streets to trick-or-treat, one Olathe dad is tricking out their rides.

"I actually feel like I'm a pilot, I feel like I could fly," 8-year-old Davey Uria said. 

Like every other kid on Halloween, Uria's imagination is endless, wanting to dress up as his favorite movie character.

"Because in Star Wars, my favorite side is the dark side," Uria said. 

The two-wheels make his costume a show-stopper, and it’s all thanks to Lon Davis, creator of "Walkin’ & Rollin Costumes."

"I was going to be a Disney animator and ended up making costumes instead," Davis said. 

The calls started rolling in after he created a ‘Wall-E’ costume for his son Reese, who was born with childhood cancer, leaving him with little mobility in his legs.

"I knew that I couldn't buy a costume that would work around his wheelchair, but I thought the wheelchair is the perfect vehicle to build the costume," said Davis. 

Every Halloween after the "Wall-E" costume, Reese would put his dad to the test.

"Every year he has said another costume he wants, and the next year he wanted to be Buzz Lightyear, but he wanted his wheelchair to be the claw machine that has all the little green aliens around it," Davis said. 

Since 2015, Davis has turned his hobby into a 501(C)(3) non-profit, creating dozens of costumes for kids across the country.

"Yeah, we try and make a big production whenever we reveal the costumes because it is a big deal and the kids -- they like to feel special about it," Davis said. 

He said the best part about it all is the smile on every kid's face when they see their costume for the first time.

“They're in their chair and they're like, get this on me, you know, I want to be in there," Davis said. 

Even though Halloween is almost here, work won’t stop for Davis because Uria is just one kid already putting in a request for next year.

"I would have to go with, how about, bat mobile,"Uria said. 

Davis said some of the costumes have to be built in separate pieces because some are so big, they can’t fit through the door.

You can check out Uria's Star Wars Tie-Fighter ride up close. He'll be just one of several kids showing off their costumes Saturday morning in the Happy Wheels parade. 

The parade kicks-off at 9 a.m. at the College Boulevard Activities Center in Olathe, Kansas