Costume Connection—Defining Dad Moments

With Halloween just around the corner, princess gowns and superhero costumes are flying off the racks. Parents are preparing for the big day by mapping out the best trick-or-treating routes for their kids, not really thinking about their own costumes. But one dad has had more than three years to plan his Halloween getup.

Dale Price has been dressing up in a different costume every day for the past three years to wave as his son’s school bus pulls away from their home in American Fork, Utah.

“The bus route changed,” Price said during an interview with Good Morning America. “For the first time it came down our street so we went out to wave.”

Rain, Price’s high-school age son, was not as amused with the thought of his father waving to him on the bus every morning. Rain’s initial embarrassment turned to horror as his father began to greet the bus each morning in a different outrageous costume.

But weeks of embarrassment turned into fun for the entire bus, including Rain. Price spoke of how this was done out of love for Rain and will be something his son can remember long after he is gone.

Data from the Marriott School backs up Price’s theory. Ramon Zabriskie, a BYU professor, conducted a study which concluded that families function better when fathers take a strong interest in the lives of their children.

Whether his father is dressed as a pirate, Peter Pan, or Indiana Jones, Rain says the world could use more people like him. To read more about other fathers and their triumphs (and trials) in rearing children, check out The Play-Off Payoff in Marriott Alumni Magazine.