First off, this homemade crew of the Galileo shuttlecraft group costume is a combination of homemade elements and store-bought elements. The two gold Starfleet shirts and the gold toddler uniform are simply off the shelves.

However, Spock-boy (far right) has on a simple outfit of a Columbia blue long-sleeved t-shirt to which I ironed a Starfleet patch and fabric-painted the collar black. The “tricorder” is nothing more than an iPod box with a leather camera strap threaded through it and some paper dials glued on.

The baby (baby Dr. McCoy) has on a onesie that was dyed Columbia blue. The collar is black ribbon sewn on, and the insignia is glitter paint shaped like the Star Trekone. Around the sleeves is thin silver cord that’s just been glued on. He’s got a black long-sleeved t-shirt and black baby sweatpants and socks to round out his ensemble.

Mr. Worf has a homemade Klingon sash, probably to signify some warrior trait, but it was simply a strap of burlap with very thin gold mesh/fabric glued on top. The phaser is an old TV remote designed especially for Star Trek nerds.

The piece de resistance, though, is the Galileo shuttlecraft. Handcrafted from a refrigerator box and some carpet tubes, it was custom-made to fit over our double stroller so that our commanding toddler and her chief medical officer could travel in style (and so we wouldn’t have to carry them trick-or-treating).

My husband and a friend of ours did the measuring and cutting (see photo); I did the painting (see other photos). Fortunately we had a nerdy Star Trek Galileo Shuttlecraft Christmas ornament to serve as our guide for the various proportions and script. The nacells (carpet tubes) were also fitted at either end with cool flashing LEDs inside partially-opaque plastic cups so you just KNEW we had some anti-matter/matter reactions going on there.

All in all the craft took probably 40 man-hours of labor, but now we have our own spaceship.