October 22

Jabba the Hutt Costume in Action

Star Wars blogger and book author extraordinaire Bonnie Burton recently had a chance to try out the new inflatable Jabba the Hutt costume when it arrived in the Star Wars Shop! She wrote about her field trip around the LucasFilm campus and the closest Starbucks, and even tried out some dance moves inside the giant suit (there’s a video to prove it!).

costume photos by Matt Martin

Bonnie says:

The cool thing about this costume is that it literally keeps you cool while you wear it thanks to an internal, battery-operated fan inside that inflates it so you actually look like the Hutt himself. The head of Jabba isn’t attached to the body of the costume, which makes it a fun thing to wear just on its own.

You can find the costume here, read about her adventures here, and see tons more photos here. Don’t miss Bonnie’s fantastic Star Wars Kids Crafts archive, either — she offers tons of project tutorials to try, including this super cute Yoda doll. After seeing her demo at Maker Faire, my nephew and I made one together — one of my favorite craft projects ever!

October 20

Yip Yip Costume

Yip Yip Costume

Yip! Yip! Okay, so Sesame Street may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Halloween, or even geek crafts. Fine, but you have to admit these costumes are pretty awesome! Traci Lawson posted this great Yip Yip Costume with full instructons on her blog dedicated to children’s video games. Even if you don’t see yourself making your own Yip Yip Costume, I still suggest checking the instructional blog out, so you can see a video of Traci and her friend Yip Yipping in New York City.