THE FUNERAL — I always prided myself on my out-of-the-box costumes when I was a kid.
Sure, I was Dracula one year, and I even did the dead football player thing. But right around age 9 I decided I was done with being the same thing as everyone else and wanted my costume to stand out. I was Elvis one year, which wasn't exactly a popular choice among early '90s kids. I once borrowed my friend Steve's clothes and went as Steve — name tag and all.
My best costume was when I showed up to elementary school as Santa Claus. I saved up some money and bought a full-on Santa suit in January out of a catalog because they were dirt cheap. I kept it a secret and left it in the back of my closet for nearly nine months, eagerly anticipating the day I got to show off my brilliant idea — my baby, if you will.
I don't think my friends and peers thought it was as brilliant as I did, but I stood out and people remembered it.
While I thought I was pretty good at coming up with clever costumes as a kid, I realize I couldn't hold a candle to the little guy in this video.
Before we get into the video, I'm going to give a quick crash course on memes, GIFs and the coffin dance guys just in case this is all new to some of you. Wikipedia describes a meme as an "idea, behavior, or style that becomes a fad and spreads by means of imitation from person to person within a culture and often carries symbolic meaning representing a particular phenomenon or theme."
Now, memes are basically pictures that are reused again and again with different captions. A GIF is a moving image that loops, and GIFs have become very popular memes. And of the most popular ones right now is known as the "Coffin Dance Guys."
This meme is everywhere, and it apparently reached this kid as well. This is what his dad wrote in the YouTube description, "My son wanted to be the "Coffin Dance Guys" for his Halloween costume. We made the little coffin and put a Bluetooth speaker in the top of it that played the song on repeat!"
Way to think out of the box, little dude. Or should I say, out-of-the-coffin? Thank you. Thanks; I'll let myself out.