With the calendar turning to October, we've officially reached that time of year where Halloween parties begin to get scheduled and costume brainstorming is in full force.
Waiting until the last minute can spell disaster, scrounging the aisles of your local retail stores, which only have superhero costumes in sizes for 12-year-old boys left on the shelves. Now those are some tights.
Instead, browse through these recommendations for some of the best NFL-themed Halloween costumes of 2013. Creativity is key, and some preparation may be needed on your part.
Just remember to buy the face paint and fake blood that washes off if you have work in the morning.
Hat tip to HalloweenCostumes.com for contributing to this article.