Halloween [High school] HORROR.

Being that it was his first year of high school, he decided to forgo his "real" costume until this evening (for the obvious reason of not wanting to wear a big red fleece men's nightgown... aka the fierce Pac-Man ghost), and instead wear a far less in-your-face 'thrown together' sorta [non-]costume.

...so he could still participate in his very favorite holiday, without risk of potential mortification of being the only. kid. dressed. up.

Thanks to 'design mom' & her fantastic 6 ideas for the costume averse, I recommended that he wear a few embellishments- a glove... a few plastic bugs...... 

He liked the idea.  So off I went to Target (as I do EVERY SINGLE YEAR on the eve of Halloween- despite swearing that it will/can never happen again) in search of plastic bugs... And when I couldn't find them, off I went to the even more chaotic Party City (as I do EVERY SINGLE YEAR on the eve of Halloween after I fail to find all that I am frantically in search of at the aforementioned Target- despite swearing that it will/can never happen again).

After weaving in and out of swarms of other frantic mothers... fathers... teens... party city workers... Oh, wait- they were nowhere to be found... 

I found the bugs.  Hours later (as Ryan was finishing up his "real" costume), the bugs were glued to safety pins, and in true 'Jacob fashion' - what was going to be a couple of bugs added to the back of his shirt, turned into several bugs... a ripped up pair of old slacks... last year's thrifted (and thankfully saved) Charlie Chaplin shoes, glow-in-the-dark skeleton gloves, a tuxedo tee, smeared dirt- on  his clothes... his face... topped off with a slick-yet-disheveled hairdo.  {he was going for a downgraded zombie prom king look- but downgraded or otherwise, a non-costume quickly became a full-fledged ensemble}

As I was attending to Hailey- who was wearing her "real" costume to the 8:30am parade, Ryan helped Jacob with his final touches, snapped a few shots, drove him to school...

And not one kid in sight was wearing anything remotely resembling a Halloween costume.



  1. Mason decided to go to school sans costume - I bought him a little mask for tonight but there was no way on God's green earth was I gonna get that kid to wear a costume to school. After my freshman year Hershey kiss fiasco - I had to support him ;)

    1. Jacob has decided/declared……

      Next year, JUST the *embellishments- or embellishment. :)

      Hershey kiss fiasco… sooo funny. I just told him about that last night! I told him that you reminded me that we did dress up in high school!

  2. Oh poor guy. He looks awesome, though! I remember high school Halloween- we always dressed up in group costumes- at least that way we knew there would be a few friends in the same boat :)

    1. Groups… such a safer/better way to go. If only guys thought more in terms of “groups”!

      He said that he *heard a couple of his friends were dressing up, but he wasn’t even comfortable directly asking them!? I guess asking questions such as this isn’t COOL.

      But neither is the alternative :).

  3. being a high school boy is hard!!!! I dread these waters!

  4. Did he survive the horror? I guess he did, seeing as he wore the pac man snuggie later in the day ;) That is a well adjusted child. I'll give the mom props for that. :)!

  5. Aww... high school can be so tricky! I think he looked very cool in his non-costume. :)


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