Dad slips into a Spider-Man costume to surprise his son on his birthday
A superhero dad has been cheered after donning a Spider-Man costume to give his young son a birthday surprise he’ll likely never forget.
Pretend play and the ability to engage in fantasy and fantasy worlds are important for a child’s early development. According to American scientistresearch by psychologist Sandra Russ in 2004 concluded that it “allows the expression of both positive and negative feelings, and the modulation of affect, the ability to integrate emotion with cognition”.
Simply put, kids who play pretend are better suited to the rigors of teenage life and adulthood that await them. While it’s important to encourage independent play in children, adults can still take an active role in encouraging them to immerse themselves in fantasy worlds.
One dad who seems to be doing his duty in this regard is Atlanta-based photographer Chuck Rare. In a video shared on Twitter, Rare explained how he decided to surprise his son, Kacey, on his birthday by dressing up as his favorite superhero.
Or, as he put it in the caption accompanying the clip: “My son wanted to meet Spider-Man for his birthday so I popped my thick ass into a spider suit and surprised him.”
The resulting encounter was captured in the video shared on social media – and it doesn’t disappoint with Kacey clearly thrilled to meet the world’s most famous webslinger.
In the clip, Kacey could be seen sharing a high-five and then a hug with her superhero dad as he left the party. The other children present were clearly thrilled with the special guest as well and waved him off, shouting “Bye Spider-Man!”
Rare, to his credit, signed off with panache, walking out the door with an adorable Spider-Man-inspired cartwheel that delighted his audience. His impressive efforts quickly captured the imaginations of social media, with footage of his Spider-Man birthday surprise racking up 2.5 million views on Twitter.
“This is so cute,” wrote XxStarbabixX. “But the fall at the end made me weak.” GoBlue43729 commented, “You gotta make your son’s day and you gotta be Spider-Man for a day. Everyone wanted to be a superhero at some point in adulthood, but the real world frowns on that. kind of stuff.”
CloneDaddy1 joked, “Awesome! As if we don’t have too many Spider-Men already.” And SpeakOnItTC said, “Now that’s how it goes bro… Hi.” TomaNorris replied, “It’s funny as hell…but he didn’t care what you looked like, he was just very happy that Spider-Man came to his party. He’ll remember it for the rest of his life.”
Talk to Newsweek, Rare said he was inspired to don the skin-tight suit after a conversation with his son. Although Kacey’s mom had reservations about her dad throwing what was supposed to be a Lego-themed party as Spider-Man, Rare said he was determined to do it for his sake. son.
“I had my doubts about putting the suit on at first, but I did it anyway,” he said. “He was shocked but still knew it was me. All the other kids had no idea it was me and were all thrilled to see Spider-Man.”
“I was very shocked to see the video blow up since we always record videos playing together and didn’t expect anything different from this,” he added. “I’m so glad I put the costume on for her birthday and would do it again to make her smile.”
Rare said: “Honestly, I had a blast in the Spidey costume and felt like I was living out my own childhood dreams. My only regret is that I didn’t practice my Spider-Man moves beforehand. “
Reflecting on that experience, he encouraged other fathers to do the same. “I hope my small gesture in the video will inspire other dads to be more present in their children’s lives and to take every opportunity to make them happy,” he said.