Halloween has sadly passed and we're left with the same crappy 2020 again. However, if you can't let go of the festive vibes just yet, this post should help you avoid the grim reality for a couple more minutes.
Few of us would enjoy being the center of attention in a group, let alone for long periods of time. I mean, imagine attending a work meeting in a bright carrot costume. Or sitting through your classes in a chicken suit...
That's exactly what happened to these people. Either because they had false expectations or were misled, some folks took Halloween really seriously expecting others would do too, but ended up being the only ones around wearing a costume. But hey, at least all that effort they put into their looks didn't go unnoticed.
Bored Panda compiled a list of photos to commemorate these (un)fortunate moments, so you know what to do: continue scrolling, enjoy the images and upvote your favorites. Oh, and if you've been in a similar situation, tell us in the comments.
Being The Only One In Congress To Wear A Costume For Halloween...
Our fear of standing out might have something to do with our knowledge of the tall poppy syndrome. It's a term that describes hating people who we think are "too big for their boots," who flaunt their success, and who "need to be brought down." Coined as a Roman military term, a tall poppy is someone who stands above the crowd.
Wanting to see accomplished people fail can result from a sense of inadequacy on an individual scale. "People like to see tall poppies fall if they deserve to fall, or if the observer has low self-esteem," Norman Feather, a psychology professor at Flinders University in Australia who has researched the topic extensively, said. "That's where a bit of envy or resentment enters in."
The consequence of the tall poppy syndrome is that it can make people of drawing attention to themselves. We learn — more implicitly than explicitly — that standing out from others can put us at risk of questioning, criticism, rejection, and even ostracism.
But I argue that these cases are something different. One, it's Halloween. Two, a lot of the people in the pictures have been led to believe others would also wear costumes, and three, it's Halloween. Why should anyone hate on someone celebrating Halloween?!
Papa_Skittles, one of the people featured in the list, can back me up on this one. He said he likes Halloween because it's the one day of the year when it's acceptable to wear whatever you want. So naturally, Papa_Skittles decided to wear a costume this year as well. "It wasn't Halloween but it was the last day of the workweek (Thursday) and it was the day the workgroup 'agreed' to dress up as smurfs while our boss would dress up as Gargamel," Papa_skittles told Bored Panda.
My VP Of Purchasing Sitting In A Meeting Right Now Listening Intently To Our President. He's The Only Person In Costume
"I was expecting others to dress up [too] but no one else did," he said laughing. "My [Smurfette] costume is the Goodwill special of a flower dress turned inside out, a blue tracksuit with a clean mop head from the custodial closet (Walmart ran out of blonde wigs). I had to improvise that one."
At first, the man was a little confused. "When the third guy showed up, however, I realized it was a prank," Papa_skittles said. "But I decided to keep it going. Too many people these days don't know how to laugh at themselves. I could have gotten upset or even angry but what would that have accomplished? I also got to see a lot of other people laugh from different departments as a blue Smurfette was walking up to them. People need a hearty laugh every now and then. It's good for you."
I Won My Office Costume Party. I Was The Only Participant And The Judge, But I'm Still Proud
Today Was A Costume Party At My Dog's Daycare But He Was The Only One Dressed Up. He's Traumatized
I Was The Only Person I Saw Dressed Up Today, But I Think I Looked Mcfly As Hell
All Of My Coworkers Agreed To Dress Up As Smurfs For Halloween. Im The Only One To Go Through With It
My Kid Was That "Only One In Costume" Kid Yesterday In Class. She Didn't Care
When The Whole Office Plans To Dress Up But You’re The Only One Who Does
I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up At Work. I Regret Nothing
My Face When I Was One Of Only 5 Who Dressed Up At Work (Out Of 1500)
It's probably what Bowie would have wanted - he wasn't one for going with the crowd.
I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up For Our Weekly Staff Zoom Call
I Was The Only One To Dress Up At My Job For Halloween. Compounded With The Fact That Our Store Closes For Good Today, It’s Been A Day
I Work In An Office And They Told People To Dress Up. I'm The Only One Dressed Up
I'm The Only Person In My Entire Office Of 30 People Who Dressed Up Today And I'm In A Full Body Banana Suit
I Am The Only One At Work Who Dressed Up For Halloween. And I'm Their Boss. Safety First Kids
I Too Was The Only One Dressed Up At My Office Today. Shaved My Head For It And Everything
This Is Joel - The Only Person At Work Who Dressed Up For Halloween. He Doesn't Care That No One Else Dressed Up, He's Been Working All Day Like This
When Your The Only One In A Company Of 1200 People That Dresses Up On The 31st. "This Deals Getting Worse All The Time"
Only One At Work Dressed Up
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. Happy Halloween!