Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Happy Halloween

Halloween 2011 was a success for Dad and Buried and fam.

We dressed as the Taylors from “Friday Night Lights,” with the exception of our son, who went as a monkey. He is neither old nor blonde enough to go as Julie Taylor, and he is neither female enough nor weird-looking enough to go as the Taylor’s baby daughter Gracie. So he stuck with the monkey outfit, and crushed it, while Mom and Buried and I held it down as Coach and Tami Taylor.

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The costumes got a lot of positive reactions, largely because the only people that had any idea who we were clearly watched the show, and to watch “Friday Night Lights” is to love “Friday Night Lights.”

I’m considering storing the outfit away so I can be Coach Taylor again next year. Those are my favorite kinds of costumes, the ones where I’m merely dressing up as a normal guy, just in different clothes than I’d usually wear. And for many Halloweens to come, thanks to a wife who is a Halloween fanatic and a son I’ll need to escort around to pick up candy (that I will be eating most of), I will need to wear a costume. Might as well keep it simple.

And there are far worse people to pretend to be than Coach Eric Taylor.

So what did you go as?


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13 thoughts on “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Happy Halloween

  1. Fantastic costumes. One set of my neighbors were Charlie Sheen & a goddess, but the rest of us dressed as “parents with cameras. And beer.”

    I shouted “Clear eyes!” at two trick-or-treating teens wearing Titans football jerseys, but it turns out that they were just wearing their team shirts, and they had no clue what FNL was.

  2. I’ve never seen Friday Night Lights, but you three look great! A relative sent me a monkey costume for my son last year that looks very similar to your son’s, it was way too big but might fit him this year. I ended up dressing him like a Who.

    1. YOU MUST WATCH FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!

      And thanks. My wife loves Halloween, and it’s not often she gets me into some kind of couple-coordinated outfit. But I wish I actually were Coach Taylor, so it worked out.

      Last year my son was DJ Lance from Yo Gabba Gabba. Jury still out on this year.

      Also: YOU MUST WATCH FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

  3. I came across this post because I’m thinking of doing a Coach Taylor costume myself for Halloween this year. Could I ask where you got your hat and windbreaker? Did you have it made specifically? I’m having trouble finding it online now. Possible that it used to be in more places (like the NBC store but not anymore…

      1. Ahh got it. I think I’ll have to go that route. I did find a bunch of similar types of blue Dillon shirts (either like yours or DILLON FOOTBALL). I’ll have to figure out the same…

      2. Oh and thank you for posting the photo and talking about the costume. The visual is inspiring me to keep going for the costume since I know it can work!

  4. Hi I am also wondering where you had got the Panthers merchandise from. I’ve been looking all over for a Dillon Panthers hat and jacket. Please let me know!
    thanks!

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