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.

#1

Being The Only One In Congress To Wear A Costume For Halloween...

Being The Only One In Congress To Wear A Costume For Halloween...

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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."

#2

My Buddy Was Told He Could Wear A Costume...

My Buddy Was Told He Could Wear A Costume...

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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

#3

My VP Of Purchasing Sitting In A Meeting Right Now Listening Intently To Our President. He's The Only Person In Costume

My VP Of Purchasing Sitting In A Meeting Right Now Listening Intently To Our President. He's The Only Person In Costume

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"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."

#4

I Won My Office Costume Party. I Was The Only Participant And The Judge, But I'm Still Proud

I Won My Office Costume Party. I Was The Only Participant And The Judge, But I'm Still Proud

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#5

Today Was A Costume Party At My Dog's Daycare But He Was The Only One Dressed Up. He's Traumatized

Today Was A Costume Party At My Dog's Daycare But He Was The Only One Dressed Up. He's Traumatized

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#6

I Was The Only Person I Saw Dressed Up Today, But I Think I Looked Mcfly As Hell

I Was The Only Person I Saw Dressed Up Today, But I Think I Looked Mcfly As Hell

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#7

All Of My Coworkers Agreed To Dress Up As Smurfs For Halloween. Im The Only One To Go Through With It

All Of My Coworkers Agreed To Dress Up As Smurfs For Halloween. Im The Only One To Go Through With It

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#8

Only One Who Dressed Up At Work Today. I’m A Star-Buck

Only One Who Dressed Up At Work Today. I’m A Star-Buck

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#9

None Of His Colleagues Dressed Up

None Of His Colleagues Dressed Up

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#10

My Kid Was That "Only One In Costume" Kid Yesterday In Class. She Didn't Care

My Kid Was That "Only One In Costume" Kid Yesterday In Class. She Didn't Care

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#11

When The Whole Office Plans To Dress Up But You’re The Only One Who Does

When The Whole Office Plans To Dress Up But You’re The Only One Who Does

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#12

When You Are The Only One To Take Halloween Seriously.

When You Are The Only One To Take Halloween Seriously.

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#13

Teacher's The Only One Who Showed Up In Costume

Teacher's The Only One Who Showed Up In Costume

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#14

I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up At Work. I Regret Nothing

I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up At Work. I Regret Nothing

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#15

My Face When I Was One Of Only 5 Who Dressed Up At Work (Out Of 1500)

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.

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#16

I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up For Our Weekly Staff Zoom Call

I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up For Our Weekly Staff Zoom Call

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#17

No One Else Dressed Up For Halloween. Filthy Traitors

No One Else Dressed Up For Halloween. Filthy Traitors

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#18

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 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

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#19

I Work In An Office And They Told People To Dress Up. I'm The Only One Dressed Up

I Work In An Office And They Told People To Dress Up. I'm The Only One Dressed Up

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#20

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'm The Only Person In My Entire Office Of 30 People Who Dressed Up Today And I'm In A Full Body Banana Suit

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#21

When You're The Only One Who Dressed Up

When You're The Only One Who Dressed Up

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#22

I Am The Only One At Work Who Dressed Up For Halloween. And I'm Their Boss. Safety First Kids

I Am The Only One At Work Who Dressed Up For Halloween. And I'm Their Boss. Safety First Kids

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#23

I Too Was The Only One Dressed Up At My Office Today. Shaved My Head For It And Everything

I Too Was The Only One Dressed Up At My Office Today. Shaved My Head For It And Everything

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#24

Dressed Up For Work. Turned Out I Was The Only One...

Dressed Up For Work. Turned Out I Was The Only One...

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#25

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

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

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#27

So I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up For My Class Today

So I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up For My Class Today

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#28

When Your The Only One In A Company Of 1200 People That Dresses Up On The 31st. "This Deals Getting Worse All The Time"

When Your The Only One In A Company Of 1200 People That Dresses Up On The 31st. "This Deals Getting Worse All The Time"

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#29

Only One At Work Dressed Up

Only One At Work Dressed Up

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. Happy Halloween!

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#30

Had A Halloween Party Last Saturday I Was The Only One Dressed Up...

Had A Halloween Party Last Saturday I Was The Only One Dressed Up...

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#31

Nobody Else Got The Memo That Its Halloween

Nobody Else Got The Memo That Its Halloween

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#32

I Work In A Lab And I'm The Only One Dressed Up In My Department. Yo Ho, Yo Ho Anyone?

I Work In A Lab And I'm The Only One Dressed Up In My Department. Yo Ho, Yo Ho Anyone?

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#33

I’m The Only One That Dressed Up At My Office And I’m In A Pickle Suit. Guess You Could Say We’re In The Same Boat

I’m The Only One That Dressed Up At My Office And I’m In A Pickle Suit. Guess You Could Say We’re In The Same Boat

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#34

I, Too, Was The Only One Wearing A Costume At Work Today

I, Too, Was The Only One Wearing A Costume At Work Today

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#35

Only One In Costume

Only One In Costume

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#36

I Was The Only Person Dressed Up Today For Work. Also In A Full-Body Banana Costume

I Was The Only Person Dressed Up Today For Work. Also In A Full-Body Banana Costume

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#37

That Moment When You're The Only One Dressed Up For The Party

That Moment When You're The Only One Dressed Up For The Party

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#38

Was The Only Person To Dress Up For Halloween In My Office. Groovy

Was The Only Person To Dress Up For Halloween In My Office. Groovy

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#39

I Was The Only One To Dress Up

I Was The Only One To Dress Up

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#40

Apparently It Wasn't A Costume Party... Everyone Got The Memo But Me

Apparently It Wasn't A Costume Party... Everyone Got The Memo But Me

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#41

Was At Party Last Weekend. The Owner Of The Apartment Told Us It Will Be A Green/Blue Party. This Guy Thought We Make A Costume Party

Was At Party Last Weekend. The Owner Of The Apartment Told Us It Will Be A Green/Blue Party. This Guy Thought We Make A Costume Party

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#42

I Was The Only One Dressed Up For Work As Mike Myers

I Was The Only One Dressed Up For Work As Mike Myers

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#43

My Halloween Costume For Work - I Was The Only Person Dressing Up

My Halloween Costume For Work - I Was The Only Person Dressing Up

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#44

Had A Halloween Comp Today. I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up

Had A Halloween Comp Today. I Was The Only One Who Dressed Up

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