Welcome to the SHFD homepage! This page is hopefully to document the history of Super Happy Fun Day, and have a place to store pictures.

What is SHFD?

You may be asking yourself, “What is SHFD, and why am I reading this?” I’m wondering the same thing myself.

Super Happy Fun Day, or SHFD for short, started when a bunch of friends graduated high school, and some people moved for college or life or whatnot.  So when all the friends got together at Christmas time to have fun, it ended up being something like this conversation:

Person #1: So what do you want to do tonight?

Person #2: I dunno.  What do you want to do?

Person #1: I dunno.

{You can see where this is leading to.}

That led one of our more intelligent friends to make the claim in the late 90’s:

“We’re going to have a day.  We’ll plan out events! We’ll have prizes and teams!  We’ll have a gift exchange!  We may even eat lunch and/or dinner together! It’s going to be super! It’s going to be happy! And YES, it’s going to be fun!”

The rest is history.  Without fail(*) we’ve met every year around Christmas, and had a day that’s been planned out with events, prizes, and teams.  And it’s been super, happy, and fun.

(*) = Stuff happens every year, and except for a couple of occasions, it’s been going for over 20 years.

This is technically the second version of the website; if you’d like to see how the late 90’s version looks, that is here.


The following list, while no means complete, contains some of the events we’ve done over the years.

If you have any to add, let me know.

  • Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Lazer & Mirror Maze
  • VR Games (Beat Saber)
  • What the Meme? board game
  • Roshambo (Rock paper scissors)
  • Bowling
  • Air Hockey
  • Miniature Golf
  • Laser Tag
  • Go-kart racing
  • ‘Escape Room’
  • Video Games, such as Puzzle Fighter, Tetris, Space Invaders
  • Darts
  • Volleyball
  • Bocce ball
  • Shooting range
  • BB-target shooting
  • Top Golf
  • Geocache hunt
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Iron Chef
  • Survivor-inspired (start a fire, etc.)
  • Mascot design
  • Pub games, such as Connect-4, Shufflepuck, and foosball
  • Batting cages
  • Horseshoes
  • Archery
  • Slingshot
  • ‘Murder Mystery’
  • Rock climbing
  • Crafting
  • ‘Jimmy Fallon games’, such as “The Whisper Challenge”
  • Thrift store theme dress up
  • Write a SHFD song
  • Picture Story (end of the world)
  • Spoon & Egg relay
  • Speed Candy Land
  • Horse Races
  • Poker
  • Board games, such as Family Business and Concentration.
  • Poundtown (Relay race pounding a nail into a block of wood (THX GTS3)  ~ Team Event
  • Cornhole
  • Hump the Cup (Flip a tennis ball on a string into a solo cup strapped to your body)
  • Goodwill Scavenger Hunt (authored by Clara)
  • Balls of Doom (Roll a ping pong ball across table into cups ala Skeeball)
  • Cards against humanity

Gallery Links

This is a list of the various galleries of pictures from previous Super Happy Fun Day’s. It’s by no means complete, but it’s a good reminder of the great times we’ve had over the years.

2000: SHFD2000

2005: SHFD 2005

2007: SHFD2007

2009-2010:Click Here for Link

2011: Super Happy Fun Day 2011

2015:Click Here for Link

2016:Click Here for Link

2017: SHFD 2017

2019-2020: https://thomasbates.smugmug.com/SHFD/2020/

2020-2021: https://thomasbates.smugmug.com/SHFD/2021

2022-2023: https://thomasbates.smugmug.com/SHFD/2022-2023/

2023-2024: https://thomasbates.smugmug.com/SHFD/2023-2024