Dad builds his son an Oilers Zamboni over his wheelchair for Halloween

  

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Via:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  one month ago  •  10 comments

By:   Sean Amato CTV News (Canada Television News)

Dad builds his son an Oilers Zamboni over his wheelchair for Halloween

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Dad builds his son an Oilers Zamboni over his wheelchair for Halloween

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Easton Oetting in his Oilers Zamboni costume (Credit: Steph Oetting).

Easton Oetting is a Halloween superstar, and he's just five years old. This year he'll be rolling the streets in style as an Edmonton Oilers Zamboni driver.

It's not the first hit costume for the boy from Sarnia, Ont.

He was the grandpa from the Pixar/Disney movie Up! He's been a hot dog vendor and a skid steer operator, all custom-made to fit his walker or wheelchair.

"We do a costume for him every year and we kinda want to top it for the next year," his dad DJ Oetting explained to CTV News Edmonton.

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Easton Oetting's Halloween costumes (Credit Steph Oetting).

Born and raised in Ontario, DJ became a diehard Oilers fan after his aunt and uncle moved to Alberta.

Edmonton's run to the Western Conference Finals earlier this year became special bonding time for the family.

"For the Oilers playoff run, me and my son were doing daily gameday outfits and so I was just kinda thinking how I can bring the Oilers into the mix and we decided to try the Zamboni," he said while wearing a Connor McDavid jersey, just like his son.

Easton has a rare genetic disorder. He is mostly non-verbal and he can't walk. So DJ, a handyman, builds the costumes himself.

"Last year he was a skid steer operator, and I basically just used one-inch foam insulation and I glued it and screwed it all together and painted it afterwards. So I kinda had the same idea (this year)," DJ said.

The Zamboni took about five hours to build, plus painting time.

The NHL's social media team called it the costume of the year.



COSTUME OF THE YEAR 🏆

Easton, a young  @EdmontonOilers  fan who has duplication syndrome, needed a costume for Halloween. Little did he know, his dad would come through with one for the ages. ❤️  #HockeyHalloween

(🎥: TT/eastonoetting)  pic.twitter.com/QAjexGY8FS

— NHL (@NHL)  October 29, 2022


With files from CTV News Edmonton's Evan Kenny


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

That HAS to be the Hallowe'en costume of the year, and the kid's father should be named the Father of the Year.  Damn!   I sure love stories like this - sure beats seeing nasty comments on NT by ignorant assholes, but they do get deleted, thankfully.  

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     one month ago

How great is this? Kudos to Dad.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @2    one month ago

It's further evidence that Canada is a hockey country. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

I guess there's no sense posting really nice stories like this one until after the midterms.

 
 
 
Freefaller
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4  Freefaller    one month ago

Very cute

 
 
 
Snuffy
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5  Snuffy    one month ago

Parents and friends have been "upgrading" wheelchair bound children for Halloween for a long time.  I have always loved seeing the ideas that people have come up with.  The above link is a simple google search for pictures of various "upgrades".  Enjoy.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Snuffy @5    one month ago

google can't be opened here, but I can imagine from your description that there are some great ideas for the wheelchair kids. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
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5.1.1  Snuffy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1    one month ago

I love to see the creativity displayed.  I am posting what I think are the best 10 there.   

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Buzz of the Orient
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5.1.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Snuffy @5.1.1    one month ago

I'll bet the kids really get off on those kinds of creations.  Kudos to the fathers who take the trouble to do it. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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6  Jeremy Retired in NC    one month ago

This is how you parent.  Good for the dad!!!!

 
 

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