Once you hit a certain age, it starts to become a little bit more challenging to pull off a truly epic Halloween costume. You're older, so you don't automatically get points for being adorable, and you have more on your plate, so you don't have as much time to think of something exceptionally creative. This teenager's "tired mom" Halloween costume, though? It's the most relatable and will definitely have tired parents out there saying "same."
Jillian Schnerch, a 13-year-old New Mexico teenager, decided to try something new this year. After seeing her mom get worn out from time to time while parenting her and her eight siblings — and feeling a bit worn out herself from helping out her parents, People reported, Schnerch chose to dress as a "tired mom" for Halloween.
Mom Lindsay Hartsock "couldn't stop laughing" over Schnerch's get-up, which included a Starbucks cup (of course), cereal in her hair, a messy bun, mascara smudges underneath her eyes, a Target shopping bag that had a bottle of wine in it, dolls attached to her (complete with a washcloth doubling as a burp cloth), leggings, a T-shirt, cardigan, and comfy boots. It's so accurate, it just might feel a bit too close for comfort.
PopSugar reported that Schnerch found nearly everything she needed for her picture-perfect ensemble around the house, but that anything she didn't have, she purchased at Target (because she was clearly committed to the costume).
Hartsock and her husband run a professional photography business and they posted the photo of Jillian on the business's Facebook page. The post quickly garnered quite a bit of attention and has been shared over 71,000 times on Facebook and has nearly 10,000 comments.
"Jillian's "tired mom" costume is literally EVERYTHING!😂😍 We did a whole photoshoot of her Halloween costume and I'll share an album of it soon," The Hartsocks' Photography captioned the photo. "She pulled this off perfectly!"
The internet seemed to like it as well.
"Wahahaha. Awesome," one person commented.
"BEST. COSTUME. EVER!!!" another added.
"How I look pretty much every day," said yet another.
Though comments were mostly positive (and appreciative), there was also some conversation about how these kinds of costumes would be much funnier if "tired dad" costumes were also a thing. That seems like a fair critique, because it shouldn't all be about how moms are tired but dads aren't, but the fact of the matter is, parents are tired, no matter if they're moms or dads.
Jillian had fun with the costume, however.
"Growing up in a big family, she has seen the blood, sweat, and tears that go into raising kids," Lindsay told Scary Mommy. "She did so great taking these photos! I told her to smile in one and she said 'I’m happy, but I’m a tired mom, so I have to keep this look so I don’t break character!'"
Though Jillian may or may not have actually needed a nap and maybe a few extra hours in the day as much as the tired moms and dads in her life, she sure looked as though she did.
Next year, bring on the "tired dad" costumes.