A high school debut can make or break your coolness, right? Back in 2010 on his first day, Rain Price certainly thought so when his parents decided to wave goodbye from the porch as he boarded the bus. He did what we all would do when mom and dad are embarrassing us — he asked them to stop. Did it work? Absolutely not.
Instead of listening, dad Dale Price decided he would wave goodbye every single day in a different awesome way for 3 years. We’re talking costumes and themes with some serious production value people.
Day 1 Paid A Tribute To The Chargers
When you see this guy on the porch he could really be anybody’s dad and not a costumed-up Dale being wacky. Sure the helmet is a little strange for 8 am, but maybe he was at an early morning training session.
The costumes started out a little hesitant these first few days before Dale really got going. Apparently, it only cost Dale $50 for the costumes for the 3 years. That’s pretty impressive and largely due to the fact he borrowed from his neighbors. Turns out most people have a few Halloween gems kicking around.
Just Clownin’ Around Is The Only Appropriate Explanation For This
This ensemble came together on day 28, so that means that October would be just around the corner. The kids on the bus probably think this is just for the fall season until Halloween is over. Well, they would be wrong.
Sometimes you just have to let loose and let the class clown inside of you out for one more day — Dale knows this better than anybody. Seeing him out there smiling and waving would probably make someone’s morning. Unless they’re afraid of clowns.
This Head To Toe Paper Legolas Look Blew Us Away
Sometimes you just don’t have the supplies to the job. When that’s the case, pull the classic move kids do when trying to find their mom a good birthday card without spending any money — cut it out of cardboard.
He’s got 3 visible hands but so what? Legolas was known to practice a little bit of elf magic so it’s entirely possible that he just grew an extra one. We don’t know his life. Legolas does look a little thin here though. Hopefully, he doesn’t blow away in the wind.
What Came First, The Embarrassing Dad Or The Chicken Costume?
There’s a pecking order to these costumes. You can’t shell out the chicken costume right away because it beaks the Legolas one. Dale knows he has to build egg-citement. Okay, we’ll stop. But seriously, this costume rocks.
Just imagine your dad standing outside waving at you with one feathery wing. Do you laugh? Do you cry? Do you go vegetarian? These are the questions that Rain probably asked himself. It’s probably safe to say he’s not going to be looking at the Swiss Chalet rotisseries the same anymore.
Tour Dé Front Steps
Live strong… just not too far from your front door. Here Dale dazzles us with a biker costume complete with the bike, the onesie, the Oakley glasses, and the helmet. This is a majorly cool moment, don’t ruin it by asking him for a blood sample.
Dale reminds us of our neighbor who’s seriously into cycling. He’ll get up every morning at 6 am and be out all day for a ride in full regalia. Sometimes his cycling magazine ends up on your doorstep and when you return it you prepare yourself for a 20-minute conversation about amino acids.
Ahoy There Children In That Strange Yellow Land Sailboat
How would a pirate look if he stood in front of a suburban single-detached waving at you? This. This is how he would look. What Dale’s missing, of course, is the booty, the rum, and the warrants out for his arrest. But hey, it’s so early that those bus kids might’ve thought he was the real thing.
Dale is an expert at using what he’s got to create an illusion. This is super apparent here since he wrapped his prosthetic leg in a brown cloth to make it look like a peg-leg. Dale’s got a great sense of humor.
You Know What Happens When Mr. Bigglesworth Gets Upset
There’s no better way to make a memorable morning than to add a little Austin Powers debauchery into the mix. Nothing says “time for school” than Dr. Evil and Mini-Me urging you on to do your best. Or else.
Clearly, these 2 didn’t spend 6 years in Evil Medical School to be called “Mister” Evil, that’s Doctor Evil to you. Dale’s son Ryatt sometimes helps him out with his waves and these two create quite the epic… and evil combo. This is my number 2 man, his name is Number 2.
Now Here Is The Super Suit!
Were you wondering what the Incredibles 3 would be like if it only took place in the suburbs and peered into the daily lives of the Incredibles, including the rush in the morning to get all the kids on the bus? Well, Dale has provided us that visual. Thank you, Dale.
This is an awesome wave because this is just the type of comfy outfit he can wear in the morning and go about the rest of his day wearing. There’s nothing more comfortable and freeing than underwear on the outside of pants.
This Tag Team Witchcraft
Double, double, toil and trouble, let the bus drive the streets and avoid the rubble. That’s the fabled witch spell to cast on any vehicle you want to avoid potholes to keep the axels in good shape. You probably haven’t heard of it because it’s an ancient art only a few still practice.
Dale’s son Ryatt has joined him again for this one and he’s tackling the task of holding the rat. He’s also rocking the onesie to really add to that Hansel and Gretel storyline. Remember kid, get your dad to open the oven.
New Day, New Me, New Clown
This costume just shows how Dale is adding and improving on earlier looks. He could’ve just repeated the clown look from an earlier day and nobody would’ve known. But Dale is an artist dedicated to improving his craft, so the clown gets revitalized and a new character is born.
This clown may have been ready to go to brunch, which would explain why he’s got so much extra room in his smock. He’s even in his best brunch attire with his red hair nicely curled and accenting the orange stripes. Rosé all day Dale, rosé all the way.
Don’t Make Him Angry — You Won’t Like Him When He’s Angry
This is a smashing good costume. We’re all green with envy when we look at it. Luckily, you don’t need a degree in chemistry, physics, and radiation exposure like Bruce Banner has to create this great look.
This photo looks like the Hulk has finally taken Captain America’s spot as the true hero of the franchise. Sure, the Hulk is complicated and may need a few anger management classes, but he’s deserving of the limelight and the whopping Avengers check just like the Cap. He also takes fashion risks with the cut-off jean shorts and deserves recognition for that.
Frogger Is Standing Still For Once
This list wouldn’t be complete without an entirely unrecognizable Dale in a full animal costume —it’s pretty much a requirement for any costume compilation. We’re all curious though, who’s the man behind the mask? Maybe it’s another frog on the inside.
This is a great costume to really turn around the reputation of Frogger. We know him as the video game frog that leaps into oncoming traffic, but here he’s calm, cool, and collected as he stays out of the street. Well done Frogger. This is truly a great marketing angle for you to change your image.
The Sun Will Come Out… In Another 2 Hours
You’re never fully dressed without a smile. Dale as Warbucks and Annie certainly know this, as they stand grinning in full costume outside the house waving goodbye to Rain. They must also know that the sun is going to come out in only a couple of hours.
This costume would be the perfect thing to see on your way to school. It’s a reminder that we too could all one day be adopted by a millionaire and have our lives turned right around. Sorry Mrs. Jefferson, I didn’t do the homework because I’m absolutely loaded now.
Sister, You Better Not Act Up
For anyone that attended a Catholic school populated by actual nuns, this costume may bring you back to your dear old golden rule days. Dale’s habit of waving really is starting to become a staple.
This nun wasn’t featured in The Sound of Music but she was right there behind the scenes giving the Von Trapp children the education they deserved. So what if she has a menacing yardstick instead of a ruler? If you remember to be thankful for a few of your favorite things then you two won’t have a problem.
Deliverance Without The Water And The Bloodshed
Imagine the movie Deliverance if there was no violence and murderous hillbillies. Just a happy guy making waves in the concrete on his front porch in a raft by himself. Don’t you know the front walkway has the calmest water before dawn?
This would be hilarious to see as you drive by looking out the bus window. Hopefully, there’s not a deliriously tired kid on the bus who gets confused and thinks that they’re commuting on a school-bus-boat when they see Dale. Anything’s possible at 8 am.
We 15-Love This Costume
Switzerland is just great. It’s got the Alps, cheese, good watches, the best chocolate, and one of the most lovable tennis players alive. Maybe at this very moment that Dale is dressing up as him, Federer is in Switzerland dressing up as Dale. We can only dream.
That all-white outfit is great if Dale wanted to be a character on Miami Vice, but that wig is great if he wants to dress as anything 80s. That hair just doesn’t quit. We’ve all got mad respect for that sheer amount of volume.
We’re Thunderstuck Baby
We’ve all dreamed of being a rockstar at some point in our lives. We’ve stood in front of our bedroom mirror and had a sick jam session where we’ve played air guitar to our heart’s content. Dale’s just doing it in the front yard.
This drumset looks like it’s missing a few things — namely, the drums. It’s got symbols so Dale can accent those sick beats he’s making on those plastic lids with some great clang sounds. Maybe he’s just invented a new genre called “Takeout Container Rock.”
This Princess Can Save Herself Thank You
You may have guessed, but Dale is pretty into Halloween. On their family blog, Dale and wife Rochelle often post photos of their epic Halloween decor and their cat decorations. We strongly urge you to check out the cat decorations. You’ll see why.
This Day 10 costume is all about saving yourself because you’re tired of waiting for Prince Charming. You can see that Dale’s set up is starting to become more elaborate — he’s got more moving parts and more matching pieces going on. The unicorn shield speaks of great things to come.
Ohana Means Family, And Family Means We Wave Goodbye As You Leave
Dale tries his hand at Disney here, as he recreates a Lilo and Stitch look. Does he go for the classic Stitch costume? Of course not. He’s going full nelson and donning the lai and the grass skirt for the hula later. You look great Dale.
The wig looks like he found another use for the 80s band wig he used for the drummer costume. Though, it looks like it’s been through a few island parties before he dug it out again.
Revenge Is A Dish That Tastes Best When Served Cold
What’s it to ya, huh? When you see this mobster waving to you from the porch you don’t wave back. Instead, you keep your head down and your bookbag tight against your chest. He probably wants you for a “delivery” and you don’t think it’s a bag of apples for down the road.
Dale looks like he’s about to make us an offer we can’t refuse. Hopefully it’s a good deal on the paintball gun he’s holding because that thing looks like it’d be fun to peg your friends with.