The Best Halloween Costumes in Sports
It's that time of year.
The time for a lot of candy, fun and, in most cases, guys and girls dressed up in ensembles that usually might get them arrested.
While I'm debating between going as Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty or The Fox from Ylvis', "What Does the Fox Say?" this year, maybe I should just take some suggestions from these sports stars. Some of them have definitely killed it over the years.
Kawhi Leonard, Nando De Colo, Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobli
I'm not sure this is what builds team unity, but as one of the most accomplished franchises of the past 15 years, the San Antonio Spurs shouldn't change getting dressed up as sailors, Super Mario or Buzz Lightyear if it seems to be working.
Seriously, is there anyone else but Manu Ginobli you'd expect to yell, "To infinity and beyond," all night?
Rudy Gay is a pretty good basketball player, but there's no chance he had the same type of moves the King of Pop used to have out on the dance floor.
I'll give him props if he busted out the "Thriller" dance though.
I'm not really sure what to say about this Twinkie costume that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler once wore.
I mean, maybe he just really likes eating the sweet snack and that's why he thought it'd be a good plan to impersonate one?
Considering how big defensive linemen are though, going as something like this probably didn't help protect him from getting tackled.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin
When the two Pittsburgh Penguins superstars aren't trying to win Stanley Cups together, they appear to disguise themselves quite nicely as an '80s pimp of some sort (Sidney Crosby) and a gladiator (Evgeni Malkin).
Seeing that they're two of the biggest stars in the NHL, it's probably a good choice they decided to hide their faces for fear of getting bombarded by fans.
Does anyone else find it ironic that Julian Edelman actually got arrested at a Halloween party the same year he dressed up as a cop?
Great job of utilizing the fake 'stache, Julian, but you do know that just because you have a fake badge, you're not a real cop, right?
I've admitted before that I'm not much of a NASCAR fan, but this one-night stand costume from Jeff Gordon is just hilarious.
Looks like he's not just fast on the track, but pretty quick with the ladies, too—if we're to take this outfit in a literal sense.
The Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez might be a flame-throwing, former Cy Young Award winner, but he wanted to be a jet pilot for at least one night when he went with this Top Gun look.
Hernandez might not be a maverick like Tom Cruise's character, but whether he's on the mound or dressed in this garb, he seems to always be an ace.
A bold move by Andre Iguodala in going as Dragon Fly Jones for Halloween, but I'd say he pulled it off OK, right?
He definitely earns his black belt in creativity with this one, although I'm not sure many people were familiar with who he actually was.
Cam Newton and Clint Moseley
For all you kids out there who hope that the tooth fairy comes by to drop off money under your pillow, you had better think again if it's Cam Newton sneaking into your room at night—unless you want to be terrified.
Seeing his former teammate, Clint Moseley, dressed as a nurse makes me fear the next time I have to make a hospital visit.
In fact, any of these former Auburn Tigers football players should freak you out with their costume choices.
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan was one of my favorite wrestlers growing up, so I can appreciate Phoenix Coyotes winger Paul Bissonnette's attempt at the costume a few years ago.
Bissonnette might do a good job of rocking the fake beard and mankini, but that Pocahontas-looking friend of his hopefully got most of the attention.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
I'm not sure what Dwayne Johnson's workout is, but seeing how Fred Flintstone worked at a gravel and rock company, I wouldn't put it past him just launching the heavy stuff around with his bare hands to get ready for this outfit.
"Yabba dabba doo" not mess with this guy if you see him on Halloween.
If the NHL wants to generate more fans, it's probably a good idea to tell its players to stop doing things that generate bad publicity.
That's the advice Raffi Torres probably got after going all in as Jay Z a couple of Halloweens ago.
I'm pretty sure the red-bearded left-winger could have gone as "The Sherminator" or something and gotten a much better response.
Seeing how Joe Flacco's unibrow is just about as famous as that of New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, I'm surprised the Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MVP got all boujis and went as Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino one year.
I'm not sure Flacco goes "GTL" every day, but at least he looked the part for one night.
Who knew ESPN's Michael Wilbon had it in him?
Although Wilbon has always appeared to be a pretty cool dude, I never would have guessed he would bust out a Kimbo Slice outfit on-air a few years ago.
He might have the right look, but I doubt he could hold his own in the Octagon like Kimbo.
U.S. volleyballer Kim Glass nearly always looks mega-fine, but she was even better than normal when she donned this tiger outfit one Halloween, making every guy drool wherever she went.
She may be fierce on the court, but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't want to hear her purr sometime.
New Celtics big man Kris Humphries might have been called the most disliked player in the league in 2011, according to a Forbes poll, but as annoying as he might have been, he actually fell on my good side—at least for one night—when he dressed as Kenny Powers from Eastbound & Down.
Seeing how he embarrassed himself on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, it's good to see Kris watching something else to help ease the pain of his performances.
Anyone can just dress up in suspenders and thick-rimmed glasses and call themselves a nerd, but the Cavs' Tristan Thompson specified that he wasn't any nasally sounding, book-reading dork.
Thompson thought he'd bring it back to the '90s, putting together his best Steve Urkel outfit.
Dwight Howard might be a bit of a diva, but we've all known him to have a pretty good sense of humor throughout his career.
That's why I'm a big fan of him dressing up as a hobo outfit with a sign reading, "Will Dance foe food," around his neck.
Dude might be over seven feet tall, but I'd pay him a few bucks to boogie on the street if he were actually homeless—which should never happen after the contract he signed with the Rockets this summer.
Former NFL lineman Grant Wistrom was a monster when he was still playing, using a high motor and a ton of intensity to collect 53 sacks in his nine-year career.
But I still pity the fool who had to knock on his door and mutter the words "trick or treat" the year he dressed up as Mr. T because he looked hilarious, yet still scary as hell.
He might be the most famous action sports star on the planet, but even Shaun White can fall flat on his face sometimes.
It's safe to say that's what he did when outfitted as Wendy from the restaurant of the same name one Halloween.
That's bad, but going as The Little Mermaid last year might be an all-time low for "The Flying Tomato."
At least he has a great sense of humor.
Russell Wilson and Golden Tate
Currently living in Seattle, I've got to give it to my dude Russell Wilson and Golden Tate for thinking up this little getup.
Goldilocks and the three bears might not be the most terrifying outfit out there, but with two sexy ladies with them, I'm sure no one really cared.
Former NBA baller Wilt Chamberlain may have been rumored to have slept with thousands of women, but the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire took a crack at that astonishing accomplishment by going as King Solomon, who apparently had similar relationships with a ton of girls.
Wonder if the outfit worked out the same way for Amar'e that Halloween or if he'll try his luck as Wilt sometime in the near future for another crack at it?
If you know anything about the Marlins' Logan Morrison, you're probably familiar with his ultra "broness." I mean, the dude found an eskimo brother on Twitter.
But "LoMo" took it back to the old school by busting out his Ben Franklin costume for Halloween one year, making me wonder how much greater America would be had Morrison really been a founding father.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick might best be known as a tough, surly kind of guy, but even "BB" has to dress up for Halloween.
That's exactly what he did here, showing that he's the captain of any ship he's on by dressing as a pirate a few years ago.
Fans got an unexpected Halloween treat for sticking out a snoozer of a Sunday night game a few years ago. Broadcasting legend Al Michaels looked a little less like himself and a lot like the Steelers' Troy Polamalu.
Michaels' expression in this photo is priceless too—almost as if he's saying exactly what he's thinking: "Why the hell did I agree to this?"
Some of you might be too young to remember the comedy Coming to America, but if you've ever seen it, then you can really appreciate the effort that Thunder big man Serge Ibaka put into his costume.
Dressed as Prince Akeem, the attention to detail is just tremendous.
Serge might not come to mind when "you think of garbage," but if it's blocks and rebounds you're looking for, then Ibaka is definitely your man.
As terrifying as it is for opposing defenders to see Vikings running back Adrian Peterson coming at them full speed, it's even scarier when he's painted up all green and acting like the Incredible Hulk, as he did in this costume.
The Hulk might be a fictitious character, but "AP" looks like he could bring the thing to life.
What a damn beast.
You can go ahead and call me out for never actually having watched everyone's favorite show, Breaking Bad, but at least I know what Thunder forward Nick Collison was going for here when he dressed in his best Walter White costume.
I doubt Collison really shaved off all his hair for this—wearing a bald cap instead—but if he did, that's some type of commitment for just one night of partying.
UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste might best be known for being sexy as all hell in anything she wears, but I'd be lying if I didn't say her attempt to pull off the character Goose from Top Gun is one of my favorites.
He may have been the best wingman in cinema history, but I'd hire more than a few people to help set me up with her when donning that outfit.
Jonathan Toews and Adam Burish
When both played for the Chicago Blackhawks a few years back, Jonathan Toews and Adam Burish may have worn my personal favorite combination of costumes—Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber.
These two might not be down on their luck with their pets' heads falling off, but they definitely looked the part in these pastel tuxedos.
If you're looking for the most creative costume, Paralympian Josh Sundqust might just take home the gold medal, as he showed by rocking this outfit of the famous lamp from the flick, A Christmas Story.
That's definitely thinking outside the box.
However, he may have even outdone himself with his flamingo outfit this year.
If you or I donned a Scooby Doo outfit at any time during the year—yes, even during Halloween—chances are we wouldn't be the hit at a party like reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was last year.
Of course, "Johnny Football" had scantily clad girls dancing and hanging all over him, proving that he was BMOC even before winning the bronze statue.
The 2010 Boston Celtics
There's a lot of wrong going on in this photo of a few members of the Boston Celtics from a few years back.
The first that comes to mind is Kevin Garnett, though. Standing at 6'10" and as thin as a wire, he'd be best served to never wear an all-orange outfit ever again.
Second, Paul Pierce looks hilarious in his frog costume. If for some reason he's on the fence to get into the Hall of Fame, voters should refer to this picture and give him the nod for being a good sport by "hopping" into this.
I'm not quite sure what former NHL player Mike Modano was going for here, but I assume it's something related to an '80s porn star of some sort.
If that's the case, then congrats, dude. It's hilarious.
If you're looking for a killer costume, you can never go wrong with something that's relevant and has people talking.
Fortunately for Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, his outfit was poking fun at himself—and probably the reporter who asked him a certain question—by slipping on his wig and giant bow tie to show just how funny he could be.
You probably remember the Spurs' Danny Green for his breakout performance in last year's NBA Finals, when he seemed to hit nearly everything from behind the three-point line.
I personally wish he would have worn this Stay Puft Marshmallow Man suit while doing it though, since it would have made it even more memorable.
There are so many things wrong with this Shaquille O'Neal costume that I'm nearly speechless.
If dressing up and becoming possibly the ugliest woman ever seen wasn't enough, Shaq busted out his best Beyonce impression by singing in the car, too.
Big fella should have just stuck to what he knew.
Like most guys, I'm absolutely smitten by U.S. women's national team player Alex Morgan—and that's just when she's running around and sweating on a soccer field.
When she showed us her funny side—and her amazing bod—by never breaking character in a leotard as U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney, Morgan brought all the treat and not a bit of trick.