Halloween A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to gear up for my Second-Most-Favorite holiday of the year (Christmas, of course, being my First-Most-Favorite).

Hallowe'en. All-Hallows-Eve. The day Nerds eagerly await all year so they can dress up without being teased. Too much.

I should know; for you see, ten years ago the Star Wars Special Edition movies were released. Of course, being the Geek (yes, with a capital G) that I am, daughter, hubby and I all had Star Wars costumes. Daughter was a little six year old Princess Leia. Hubby was Vader and I a Stormtrooper (in my vintage Stormie helmet).

That Halloween, daughter wore her costume to school and during the After-School session. Unbeknownst to her, I had tipped off the After School Supervisor that we had a surprise in store.

When hubby and I arrived at her school at 5 pm, we darted into the bathrooms to change into our costumes. Hoping we wouldn't be seen (or stopped) by any well-meaning principal or janitor, we marched down to the gym where the kids were watching a movie.

Darth Vader powered up his lightsaber. I held my blaster at the ready. With helmets down, we burst into the darkened room; Vader's black cape billowing out behind him. As the saber illuminated us with its red glow, in the Sith Lord's best voice, hubby proclaimed "Princess Leia! You are under arrest! Come with me!"

Through the shaded eyepieces of the Stormtrooper helmet, I could see dozens of shocked children's faces, staring, wide-eyed and open-mouthed.

And then as if in unison, they turned to the back of the room following the line of sight to where my blaster was pointed. Directly at daughter, who was slowly sliding down in her seat, flushed with embarrassment. She was muttering "Oh, no.... that's my PARENTS!"

As the class sat dumbfounded, we escorted The Princess out of the gymnasium at blaster-point. But soon we were called back by the After School Supervisor to unmask and reveal ourselves.

It seems a few of the poor kids thought we REALLY were Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper and were quite worried about the fate of poor little Princess Leia...

Our Family, The Star Wars Geeks
Ten years later, daughter is STILL living down that memorable day to her classmates.

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Sweet Irene said...

Oh, shame on you for embarrassing your little daughter so badly. Jeez, some parents! And of course, these little kids have no sense of humor. They don't get that about their parents until they are way in their thirties when they can finally forgive you.

Christine said...

OH, HOW I WISH I could have pulled off that stunt! Total Mom Domination!

But then, I have boys, so they think that kind of thing is very funny.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Heh heh. This is one of the many things my sister and I can't wait to spring on our babies. Total public embarrassment.

nell said...

Oh that's great! I love finding new ways to publicly embarrass my children!

Jill said...

How FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the frogster said...

I was like, "Wait a minute, Maureen is confused." Then I realized you're Canadian. Ah.

That is so great. Well done. I'm still waiting to hear about your argument with a Wookie.

Canadian flake said...

omg wayyyyyyy too funny...that is hilarious...

I love Star wars too and have passed that along to my son...he would have been cheering y'all on if he had been there...lol.

creative-type dad said...

LOL!!!

That's the best "embarrass the kid story ever"

You know she's going to be telling that story to her own kids, right?

toners said...

GREAT story! And one never to be forgotten :)

Maureen said...

Heh, heh... actually she got to be pretty popular in school after that... since Star Wars was hot, all her friends thought her parents were very cool. I've gotten more than one tell me they wished their parents would be more like us; I guess that means crazy and childish!

Ann(ie) said...

LOL! How fun. I wish my parents were like that too!!

Vegas Princess said...

Ha ha!! My dad always loved to embarass me too but this was pretty bad since it was in front of the whole school. This year it would be even better since she is in high school. The humiliation would be catestrophic.

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