Those of you with school-aged boys will no doubt know exactly what that title means. It’s the catch-cry of none other than … Captain Underpants!!
For those who don’t know who Captain Underpants is, let me introduce you:
Captain Underpants is a series of children’s books written by Dav Pilkey. The books feature two fourth graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins. Captain Underpants is the superhero they accidentally create by hypnotising their school principal, Mr Krupp.
Whenever Mr Krupp hears the sound of fingers snapping, he turns into Captain Underpants. This causes George and Harold to follow him and keep him out of trouble. Captain Underpants turns back into Mr Krupp when water is poured on his head.
There are also plenty of other interesting characters in the books. There are the other teachers at George & Harold’s school (Ms Ribble, Mr Meaner, Ms Creant, Mr Fyde, Mr Rected and Ms Guided). There is George & Harold’s nemesis (Melvin Sneedly). There are the evil villians (Dr Diaper, The Turbo Toilet 2000, Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants, The Talking Toilets, Wedgie Woman, The Robo-Boogers and the Bionic Booger Boy).
I think you can see why young boys REALLY enjoy these books. Toilets, underpants, wedgies and boogers. What could be better?
Anyway, Ethan absolutely LOVES the Captain Underpants series, and owns all the books (10 of them, I think). He wanted to have a “Captain Underpants” party for his birthday. Thinking that letting Ethan and his friends enjoy a day of permissible toilet humour would make us look like pretty cool parents, Rob & I were more than happy to oblige. And, just quietly, I think we pulled it off.
First, I made some special invitations to send to his friends. Now, Professor Poopypants was always teased because of his silly name, so in an act of revenge, he decides to change everybody else’s names. In one of the books, there is a chart where you can figure out your new Professor Poopypants name. So, you guessed it, the invitations were addressed to:
Buttercup Girdle Brains,
Gidget Waffle Tush,
Poopsie Bubble Chunks,
Zippy Girdle Fanny,
and Falafel Toilet Buns.
When the kids arrived at the party, they received a name tag with their “new” name on it. Yes, the adults wore them too (my parents and sister were thrilled). My new name, Cheeseball Toilet Buns, is rather endearing, don’t you think?
Everybody was offered a drink of “Toilet Water” (punch). A couple of kids declined. Haha!
Ethan opened his presents:
The kids gorged themselves on pizza, worm and dinosaur lollies, crazy face biscuits and chips.
Finally, it was time for the games to begin! First up, Rob had prepared a Captain Underpants Treasure Hunt. The clues were all related to stories and characters from the books, and eventually led to a bag of Crunchie bars hiding in the branches of our grapefruit tree.
Next up, we played Pin the Cape on Captain Underpants. This was an absolute hoot! We’d done a similar version (Pin the Tie on Sponge Bob) 2 years ago, so knew that it would be a hit with the boys. There was much celebrating (yelling, fist pumping and chest bumping) whenever somebody got close.
Then it was time for Pass the Parcel (a birthday party staple). The prizes were mini whoopie cushions and “toilet candy” (lollies inside a plastic toilet).
Yep, the boys were in HEAVEN.
We actually ran out of time to play all the games I had planned, including Underpant Flinging, but we did have time for the best one of all. The Chocolate Game! Each time they rolled a 6, the kids had to dress up as Captain Underpants by putting on a red cape and a big pair of (BRAND NEW AND NEVER WORN) white underpants.
I have not laughed so much in AGES!! Honestly, it was the funniest thing ever. Every time the person in the middle had to take off the costume, they would forget about the undies! Then everybody (my parents included) would yell out, “Take off your undies!!” and everybody would just collapse with laughter. SO. MUCH. FUN. We ended up stopping before the chocolate was all gone, because I was worried they were going to be sick!
Pizza + lollies + biscuits + chips + chocolate + lots of laughing = WHOA.
Sure enough, here’s Ethan’s friend Nathan looking a little seedy and pretending to throw up into his plastic toilet:
By this stage, the party was almost over. BUT, we hadn’t done the cake! I knew nobody would want to eat any, so I wrapped pieces up for them to take home. Of course, Ethan wanted an Underpants Cake.
Pretty basic, really, but the kids loved it! When I became a mum, I honestly never imagined I would have to make an underpants cake. But hey, that’s boys for ya! And I’m secretly glad that I’ll never have to make a frilly pink ballerina cake. Ssshhh!
Ethan thanked us several times that evening for his birthday party, so I know he enjoyed it and appreciated our efforts to make it fun. His friends did seem to think we were pretty cool for letting them be silly and gross for an afternoon, so that’s a bonus. I just hope none of them threw up when they got home!