Most people are familiar with the Where’s Waldo book series (or Where’s Wally, as it was originally titled in the UK).
Whatever you called him, he’s the iconic red-and-white clad man who would hide in crowded picture books, challenging children to find him.
It’s also a popular costume choice: all you need is that red striped shirt and hat and you’re set.
And since Waldo likes to hide in crowded places like airports, two brothers from London, Ali and Steve Coffey, got an idea for a hilarious way to greet their parents when they returned home from a weekend trip.
They decided to surprise their mom with a real-life Where’s Waldo search, with Ali in disguise.
With Steve recording the video of the search, Ali tried to blend in at the airport.
Steve then greeted his parents, and let them know about the scavenger hunt they had set up for them (Dad was in on it).
They seemed pretty excited about the idea, and the game was on.
It was a tough search, between Ali’s pro hiding skills:
And mom … not actually being sure what Waldo looks like:
But eventually, they were in the right direction—and spotted a familiar striped hat in one of the dining areas.
Finally, they found Waldo, or “Wally,” and when mom realized it was their son …
… things got emotional.
Because they actually hadn’t seen each other in three years!
Ali had been away in Australia all this time, and he had finally returned home. It was mom’s birthday week, and she had no idea her son was back, so the brothers couldn’t help but make it a special surprise—with a fitting, costumed twist.
“Ali, my parents’ youngest son, used to love Where’s Wally when he was a child,” Steve wrote in the video’s description. “So we thought it would be appropriate and funny to play a big game of Where’s Wally in the airport terminal.”