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Step aside, Michael Keaton — this Halloween has found a new Beetlejuice in Anthony Alfano, a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy.
A CBS News segment shows the young trick-or-treater and his parents showing off his latest costume, based on a classic scene from the 1988 Tim Burton film.
The outfit channels a humorous moment in the horror-comedy during which Keaton’s unseemly demon finds himself sandwiched between a shrunken head and the shrunken head’s unamused maker in a dingy waiting room as he watches for his number in line — number 9,998,383,750,000.
For the costume, Alfano’s parents transformed his wheelchair into the entire waiting room couch. In the center, Alfano donned Beetlejuice’s iconic purple suit and frizzy white wig, while dummies of the other fantastical characters flanked him on either side. Alfano completed the scene with Beetlejuice’s 9,998,383,750,000 ticket in-hand.
The boy’s parents told CBS News they find a new, elaborate inspiration for Alfano’s Halloween costumes every year and that they always enjoy trick-or-treating with their M&M-loving son.
“I feel like this is kind of like our purpose — to bring Anthony into people’s lives and homes and to brighten their day and put a smile on their face,” said Anthony’s mother, Deanna Alfano.
The scene has become a fan favorite since the film’s release. By the end of it, Beetlejuice’s scheme to trade numbers with the shrunken-head maker doesn’t end well — he ends up with a shrunken head of his own. To bring the comedic moment to life, Alfano’s parents rigged the dummies with rotating heads.
WATCH: This boy with cerebral palsy isn’t just dressing like Beetlejuice for Halloween — he’s dressing like an entire scene from the 1988 film, and his wheelchair has transformed into a couch. https://t.co/KS0sGZblf0 pic.twitter.com/UZKShHPMPS
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 29, 2018
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