As if all the recent Balloon Boy coverage isn’t enough, now there is a media obsession with the Balloon Boy Halloween costume! At first, many thought the Falcon Heene Balloon Boy Halloween costume was as big of a hoax as the original event last week. Lo and behold, the Balloon Boy costume is real, and you can buy it for just $19.99 from a radio-control gadget and hobby aircraft web site.
For those of you with no TV and internet access with a highly-powerful “stupidity filter”, Falcon Heene is the six-year-old boy dubbed “Balloon Boy” after his parents caused a media blitz when they falsely reported a homemade weather balloon had carried the child away.
A company called Plantraco Microflight has decided to take advantage of the Falcon Heene Balloon Boy hoax and create something real out of it. Balloon Boy Halloween costumes are now available for sale on Microflight’s web site for $19.99, plus shipping and handling, and the costume can be shipped via Fed Ex in time for Halloween.
According to advertising on Microflight.com, the Balloon Boy costume imitating the Falcon Heene hoax includes a 38″ silver mylar balloon which the consumer must fill with helium themselves before use on Halloween. Also included in the Balloon Boy Halloween costume are a “Hello, my name is” name tag, string and a clever “As Seen On CNN” sign.
Those who buy the Falcon Heene Halloween Costume will need to use their own cardboard box, and supply their own six-year-old. Helium gas can be obtained at party stores, Walmart and hobby supply stores.
For Halloween 2009, the Balloon Boy Halloween costume is sure to get tons of laughs, and may even take prizes at Halloween costume parties. For $19.99, you can buy the Balloon Boy costume on Microflight.com, or you can get creative and craft your own, um, craft to wear…no pun intended, that was just for the show. What? Nothing.
To make your own Falcon Heene Balloon Boy costume, you will need a cardboard box large enough to cut a hole in the bottom and wear over your head. Arm holes will also need to be marked and cut in the sides of the box with a box-cutter or one scissor blade (be careful!).
Next, buy helium-filled mylar balloons, in plain silver if possible. You can find mylar balloons at party stores and even grocery stores, and prices will vary by size. You can attach the balloons to your clothing or the box. Be irreverent with your Balloon Boy signage or tags, and try not to copy the Microflight Falcon Heene costume exactly. Come up with your own unique, clever way of mocking the Heene family hoax for your Halloween Balloon Boy costume.
The Balloon Boy Halloween costume will look best on a young child, though a male or female adult could pull it off, as well. If female, tie back long hair and use a baseball cap for a believable Balloon Boy look. Wear simple clothing to highlight the Balloon Boy costume, and casually say something at the door while trick-or-treating, such as “Mommy and Daddy made me hide in the attic, and all I got was this lousy balloon.” or “I just flew in…and boy are my parents in trouble!”