My son loves "The Goonies." When he first saw it months ago, he immediately said, "I want to be Data for Halloween." Hmmmm.
We started by finding a small authentic Army coat on eBay. There are several sites with fans dedicated to authentically replicating Goonies costumes. One of them has identified all the patches on Data's jacket. While I couldn't find all of them, I did accumulate quite a few on eBay and spent a lot of time sewing them on.
I worried that a boxing glove with extender would be too heavy but I found a cheap plastic one at Cost Plus. I bought some chattering teeth and attached them to a retracting ID card holder for the Pinchers of Peril! We grabbed two flashlights at the Dollar Store and I duct-taped them to a homemade belt for the lights. These really came in handy! I then bought a cheap red cap and yellow backpack online. He used the backpack as his trick-or-treat bag. I grabbed some screen images of the coin and map from the movie and printed them on a color printer and mounted them on foam core. He carried these in his backpack. They never made an appearance on Halloween but will be fun for costume play. I attached the Pinchers of Peril and the boxing glove to another homemade belt that I placed across his chest. Data!!!
I went as Cyndi Lauper:
My husband went as Brand:
Not everyone recognized us but many people did! I carried my iPhone around with us and had Lauper's "Goonies 'r' Good Enough" playing on repeat.
The costumes were fun and comfortable and my son was proud that no one else was wearing his costume. The same couldn't be said for the legions of Elsas and ninjas we saw on Halloween!