Best Halloween Costumes in Sports
Athletes aren't just like us, but they do seem to enjoy Halloween as much as the rest of us. And in some cases, even more than the rest of us!
This year athletes from around the country hit the town decked out in a fascinating array of costumes. Some of which were far more creative than others.
Of course, it was all documented on Twitter and Instagram, so we can be envious creepers online. Lucky for you, I've done all the digging so you won't have to.
Let's get this show on the road.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder big man Kevin Durant scared as Jason from Friday the 13th.
Even scarier? That sleeveless denim number.
Tuxedos: Who Wore It Best?
Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius as a faceless spandex tuxedo-wearing man vs. Sharks defenseman Jason Demers as the Monopoly Man.
Demers wins in a landslide.
Munah Holland, MMA
MMA fighter Munah Holland dressed as (what looks to be) some type of Greek or Roman Goddess.
And she looked absolutely heavenly.
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Saints running back Pierre Thomas dressed as Jerome from the delightfully irreverent '90s sitcom Martin.
Just kidding—Martin wasn't delightful at all...but Jerome was. Jerome's in da house!
Kevin Henderson, Nashville Predators
Predators forward Kevin Henderson took a musical turn, dressing as the Phantom of the Opera.
One of the more manly characters in musical theater.
Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith dressed as a SWAT team policeman, and his lady friend seems to be dressed as the girlfriend of a football player who's going to the club.
At least it's an economical choice. Also, Jacoby Jones sure could've used SWAT team Smith last month during his infamous party bus incident.
Sonny Gray, Oakland A's
A's pitcher Sonny Gray and his lady friend went as Woody and Jessie from the Toy Story movies.
Spoiler alert, but nobody tell them Woody and Jessie don't end up together in the end.
Nick Folk, New York Jets
Jets kicker Nick Folk dressed as Santa Claus.
He was definitely dressed for a holiday, maybe not the holiday.
Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker and his expectant wife Jesse James went as The King and queen—Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
Hopefully their union ends a bit more blissfully than that of Elvis and Priscilla.
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Heat superstar LeBron James dressed as a particularly jarring version of Michael Myers, from the Halloween movie series.
As if Michael Myers wasn't already scary enough—imagine him 6'8" and able to slam dunk your dome after cutting you to bits.
Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions
Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson and his wife dressed as rapper Jay-Z and his wife, Ms. Beyonce Knowles. More specifically—as Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Super Bowl in January.
Those two are so hot right now that I bet Jay-Z and Beyonce were also Jay-Z and Beyonce for Halloween.
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Predators defenseman Roman Josi and a friend dressed as a lion and the University of Alabama mascot.
Nobody specified it as Bama's mascot, but I like to imagine it's a specific elephant, rather than some weirdo furry.
It helps me sleep better at night.
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Embattled Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden dressed as Waldo of Where's Waldo fame.
Particularly fitting, as Weeden is nowhere to be found on the field these days.
Jon Leuer and Quincy Pondexter, Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies teammates Jon Leuer and Quincy Pondexter dressed as Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane, the basketball hustlers from White Men Can't Jump.
What can I say...that's just a really solid, well-executed idea. Props, fellas.
Max Unger, Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks center Max Unger dressed as a gorilla who dressed as a Red Sox baseball player.
Unger was raised in Hawaii and went to college in Oregon, so I have no idea what the connection is.
Arthur Moats, Buffalo Bills
Bills linebacker Arthur Moats dressed as Batman, casting every member of his family to round out his Batfamily.
Batbaby: Look for it in theaters next summer.
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Ray Ben Zobrist and his adorable family coordinated as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the end result was pretty fantastic.
Generally I don't care much for coordinated costumes, but obviously it really works with groups like this.
Thought it's kind of weird that they share a Twitter account.
Superman and Sidekick: Who Wore It Best?
Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee as Superman with his son as mini-Superman vs. Texans linebacker Darryl Sharpton as Superman and his fiancee Jessica as Supergirl.
I can't decide. Scobee's son is too cute, but so is Sharpton's fiancee. I'm gonna be like Bud Selig at the 2002 All-Star game and declare this one a tie.
Georges Laraque, Retired NHL
Retired NHL enforcer Georges Laraque showed a softer side on Halloween, dressing as former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman...dressing as a bride.
An interesting choice, indeed.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen dressed as the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz.
He sure didn't go out of his way to dispel the notion that Mrs. Brady is the one who wears the pants in that relationship, did he?
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and wife Samatha, of ESPN, dressed as Squints and Wendy from The Sandlot.
Yep...that actually sounds about right.
Gabe Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog dressed as Captain America, while his friends look to be Danica Patrick and...either a nerdy white pimp or one of the guys from Dumb and Dumber.
I guess Sweden doesn't have their own popular patriotic comic book character created by their government as propaganda during World War II. God bless America.
Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts
Colts cornerback Vontae Davis and his shapely lady friend dressed as members of SEAL Team 6.
She's crossing worlds with those aviator sunglasses, though, which are more Top Gun than Navy SEAL.
Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
Browns cornerback Joe Haden and his wife Sarah are definitely dressed as something.
Looks like it could be Hugh Hefner—but have you ever seen Hef with a brunette? Me either.
Jesse Blacker, Toronto Maple Leafs
Maple Leafs defenseman Jesse Blacker dressed as one of the famed Harlem Globetrotters, while his friend on the right was a hippie and his friend on the left was a really drunk frat boy who found his pants in his little sister's closet.
And by pants, obviously I mean frilly hot pink tutu. A staple of every grown man's wardrobe.
Sam Martin & Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions
Lions punter Sam Martin and tight end Joseph Fauria were a blast from the past as the Red and Blue Power Rangers from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series.
It seems these days grown men are looking for any excuse to dress in a spandex unitard.
Brittney Schram, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader
Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Brittney Schram dressed as Elastigirl or daughter Violet Parr—probably the latter—from The Incredibles, and her friend is probably a vampire of some sort.
At least she doesn't look like one of those idiot sparkle vampire from Twilight.
Brandon Williams, Baltimore Ravens
Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams let it all hang out—literally almost everything—dressing as the biggest half-naked baby this world has ever seen.
If only I could unsee it now.
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Bills running back Fred Jackson made his caveman costume a family affair, including his wife, mother in law and four children.
That's one adorable family...I wish they'd adopt me. That could be weird, though, since Jackson is only a year older than me.
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky dressed as a cop and his wife Olga as Little Red Riding Hood.
Such a strange pairing...but I appreciate that they did their own thing, rather than coordinating something obnoxious.
Looking at you, Tom Brady.
James Ihedigbo and Anthony Levine, Baltimore Ravens
Ravens safeties Anthony Levine and James Ihedigbo dressed as a Pirate and Mark Antony, with accompanying wench and Cleopatra.
What isn't better with an accompanying wench? Amiright?
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
In what is undoubtedly the most disturbing and lingering image from Halloween, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his lady friend Linda Holliday...did this.
And much like nearly every time the Pats play my Steelers, the memory will haunt me for years to come.
Lou Williams, Atlanta Hawks
Hawks guard Lou Williams dressed as the Heath Ledger version of The Joker from The Dark Knight—as opposed to the more pulled together Jack Nicholson version, obviously—and his lady as a Playboy Bunny.
How come no one ever dresses as Danny DeVito's Penguin?
Prince Amukamara, New York Giants
Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara considered Winnie the Pooh and Gumby as costume options before making a questionable decision and going as a man in a green dress and tights.
I Googled this because I couldn't tell if he was Peter Pan or Robin Hood—and the results were inconclusive. It really depends on his accessories.
If Amukamara carried a bow and arrow, obviously he'd be Robin Hood. If he pranced around and acted like a weirdo all night, then he'd be Peter Pan.
Jerry D'Amigo, Toronto Maple Leafs
Maple Leafs forward Jerry D'Amigo and one of his minions dressed as Minions from the movie Despicable Me.
Though, I'm not sure if they technically quality as minions if you only have one of them.
Christmas Movies: Who Wore It Best?
Indians relief pitcher Matt Capps and his son as The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas vs. Blackhawks forward Ben Smith as Buddy the Elf from—you guessed it—Elf.
Capps' little boy sure is cute, but I'm gonna have to go with Smith—he really captured Buddy with that epically permed wig.
Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
Falcons kicker Matt Bryant—not to be confused with Matt Ryan—put together a very badass getup as Batman villain Bane, from The Dark Knight Rises.
Bane is really all about attitude and swagger—you can't stop at just a mask or you'll fail to capture his menacing essence.
Predator and Prey: Who Wore It Best?
Blackhawks teammates Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell had the same predator and prey concept, but did it differently.
Shaw as a deer with his girl as the hunter vs. Bickell as an old man fisherman with his girl as the fish.
The old man mask is pretty drastic, which is why Bickell and his catch of the day get the win. Halloween is the best time to win ugly.
Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders
The Falcons cheerleaders were a little bit of everything, it seems. A couple of girls went the predictable cheerleader route as workout Barbies, but a lot more opted for an aggressively nerdy costume.
I seriously have no idea what anyone in that middle photo is dressed as, though...which makes me feel very old.
Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder forward Jeremy Lamb went classic skull and bones this year, which is a refreshing change of pace.
It's Halloween…less quirky/clever…more spooky/scary.
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon and Co. put their heads together and came up with this pretty inspired British Royal Family costume idea.
They're all pretty good, but if they were entered in a costume contest, Queen Elizabeth and baby Prince George would be battling it out for first place.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown decided to keep it in house—something that Ben Roethlisberger knows nothing about—dressing as burly defensive end Brett Keisel.
I don't know if the world could handle more than one Diesel Keisel. That beard of his is just so overwhelming.
Eric Tangradi, Winnipeg Jets
Jets forward Eric Tangradi and his lady dressed as wrestling legends Undertaker and Hulk Hogan.
It's surprising how seamlessly the Hulk's look transitions to a woman.
Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers
Sixers guard Evan Turner and a friend (who may or may not be a teammate, as no ID was provided) dressed as super swag musical duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.
Also of Fresh Prince of Bel Air fame.
I've always loved those flip-top sunglasses—I hope they make a comeback at some point. Not so much with the jean jacket...or anything else they're wearing.
Matt Overton, Indianapolis Colts
Colts long snapper Matt Overton really knocked it outta the park as one of those goofy dudes from Duck Dynasty.
You'd never think a white blazer and a camouflage button-up would work as formal wear...but it kinda does.
Felice Herrig, MMA
MMA fighter Felice Herrig—my personal childhood hero—Rainbow Bright.
A slightly more adult version than the one I remember.
Batman and Sidekick: Who Wore It Best?
Sabres center Steve Ott as Batman with his girl as Catwoman vs. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin as Batman with a little boy as mini-Batman.
Normally cute kids have an advantage in a face-off like this, but Ott's elaborate getup combined with a smoking-hot Catwoman are unbeatable here.
Mike Mizanin, WWE
Wrestler Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and his girlfriend, former WWE Diva Maryse Ouellet, dressed as a keg of bear and a particularly busty St. Pauli Girl.
Ironically, this is the least strange outfit I've seen The Miz in since he making his debut with the WWE. Almost forgot what he looks like with his clothes on.
Carolina Panthers Rookies
The Carolina Panthers rookies all dressed up and visited a local children's hospital this week.
Batman, Mr. Incredible, Spongebob Squarepants, the purple Teletubby and a particularly jolly clown were among the costumes represented by the rooks.
Grown men dressed as fools making sick children laugh…it doesn't get much better than that.
Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter convinced two of his bros to go as pilots from the '80s classic Top Gun. It's tough to tell who is who, but I'm pretty sure I know how their night went down.
Maverick and Goose probably got super loaded and spent all night scamming on broads—Maverick was successful; Goose was not.
Then when things started to get crazy out of hand and their advances began bordering on sexual harassment, Iceman came in and diffused the situation.
Then he took Maverick's keys away because he was drunk and driving would be unsafe. Iceman hates when people are unsafe.
Oh...and then Goose died.
Buzz Lightyear and Sidekick: Who Wore It Best?
Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story with teammate Ryan Murphy as Woody vs. Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg as Buzz Lightyear and his dog as a mini Buzz.
Gonna have to give this one to Sundberg. That dog is cute as hell. The grown man Woody, on the other hand, is a bit on the creepy side.
Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota Vikings
Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd made an interesting choice as a 21-year-old man, opting to dress in a surprisingly snug-in-the-torso panda costume.
There's something unsettling about a grown man dressed as a panda.
Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
Texans tight end Garrett Graham and wife Jenny make quite the dynamic duo as Anchorman's Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone.
After all, he is very important. He has many leather-bound books and his apartment smells of rich mahogany.
Hal Gill, Philadelphia Flyers
Flyers defense Hal Gill and a bunch of his weirdo teammates dressed as creepy white rabbits and, apparently, danced the night away.
When they weren't dancing, they gathered in the bathroom to take selfies. Yep…it's as weird as it sounds.
Aqib Talib, Brandon Spikes and LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, cornerback Aqib Talib and running back LeGarrette Blount were quite the intimidating trio at the team's Halloween party this week.
Actually, Spikes and Blount aren't scary at all on their own. Throw an undead clown rocking suspenders and the whole tone changes.
Or is that supposed to be Chuckie? If it is, he really missed the mark. Still terrifying either way.
Thor: Who Wore It Best?
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard as Thor vs. Blackhawks defenseman Michael Kostka as Thor.
This is a tough one—they're both pretty good. But since I have to choose, I'm gonna go with Syndergaard.
He negates the curly hair by throwing on a helmet. Plus he has a Scandanavian name.
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues
Dressing as Elliott from E.T., Blues goaltender Brian Elliott definitely had one of my favorite costumes this year. It's refreshingly simple and wonderfully nostalgic.
Although I suspect it lost a little something without the bike, which I'm sure he didn't haul around all night. Good on him if he did, though.
Anastasia Ashley, Surfer
Surfer Anastasia Ashley has been getting a lot of attention recently, first for her noteworthy twerking viral video and more recently for showing up
Well, she did it again recently when she tweeted out this photo of herself in an awesome shark bite bathing suit. Complete with a few bites taken out of her.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew may have lost a step on the field recently, but that Homie the Clown costume is a 2,000-yard rushing season in and of itself.
In Living Color...man, that was a great show. Next year I might have a Halloween party and make everyone dress up as characters from the show.
MJD is, of course, invited. Someone let him know. We need to cheer him up with the Jags being so bad this year.
Gaby Sanchez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez knows that you can never go wrong in life by dressing as a chicken.
Unless you're going to a job interview or something.
Someone dressed as a chicken is always guaranteed to get a laugh—the chicken is one of the foundations of comedy.
NFL cheerleaders usually dress up during a home game near Halloween each year. The Vikings cheerleaders are, obviously, no exception.
By the way, Waldo would be a lot easier to find if he looked like that girl. I guess that's why they made him a lanky male nerd.
Chris Myers, Houston Texans
Texans guard Chris Myers and his lovely lady were a huge hit at Houston's Halloween party this week. He dressed as King Triton and she dressed as Ursula, both characters from The Little Mermaid.
Myers actually won the costume contest. Hopefully that makes up for the fact that the Texans have absolutely no shot at a Super Bowl this season. It probably doesn't.
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man: Who Wore It Best?
Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters vs. (the friend or teammate of) Lakers forward Nick Young as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.
Khudobin wins this one easily because his costume actually stayed puft—the other one is a little bit saggy. Marshmallows are always such a sloppy mess.
Alex Morgan & Sydney Leroux, U.S. Women's Soccer
U.S. women's soccer teammates Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux dressed as Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke from their infamous performance at the 2013 VMAs.
Could anyone but Alex Morgan pull this whole thing off and make it lovable? She's pretty much the polar opposite of Ms. Miley.
Sydney Leroux & Alex Morgan, U.S. Women's Soccer
Teammates Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan like Halloween so much that they couldn't be confined to just a single costume each.
A few days after rocking the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke looks, they branched out on their own—Leroux as a zombie bride and Morgan as a frisky cat on a leash.
Two ladies so nice, I featured them twice. You're welcome, world.
Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis Colts
Colts free safety Antoine Bethea may have busted out with some freestyle rap, dressed as Public Enemy's Flavor Flav.
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks
Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and his wife Elina dressed as the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.
These two definitely went all out and had two of my favorite costumes this year.