Even Your Best Halloween Costume Won’t Touch These Athlete Costumes

  • Rajon Rondo
    Rajon Rondo

    Speaking of those old Celtics teams, I had to throw Rondo’s immaculate Tiger Woods costume on here. It’s from four years ago, but it was so on-point, so simple, and yet so utterly perfect. Rondo would be that guy to throw some shade at someone on Halloween and while the rest of his teammates go all out, the point guard is the one that’s standing out. This is how you get it done on Halloween.

    Honoring other famous people is always a good way to go…

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  • Hank Conger
    Hank Conger

    …as you can see here.

    In 2012, there was nothing bigger in pop culture than PSY and the “Gangnam Style” dance. Conger, who appeared in 80 games for the Dodgers this year, was the perfect man for this one, considering he has the same Korean heritage and build. A classic costume that could only work for a few specific years. It’s normally the same way with movie and television characters, which takes us to the next slide.

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  • Nick Collison
    Nick Collison

    Last year, OKC’s Nick Collison shut it down with the Walter White costume, going all out and even rocking the blue gloves. It doesn’t get much better than this, especially since Breaking Bad was coming off of an epic final season.

    Some characters, however, have no shelf life…

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  • Manu Ginobili
    Manu Ginobili

    Ginobili makes the perfect Buzz Lightyear right here. One of my childhood heroes, Buzz was seriously one of the best characters Pixar ever put together. Let’s hope Manu’s costume also had the sound effects because if it did, we bet he got a lot of love from the females.

    In fact, Ginobili’s teammates were almost just as good. The whole team went in, though none of them immersed themselves like the next guy on the list.

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  • Amir Johnson
    Amir Johnson

    Toronto’s Johnson is known for being a down-to-Earth, fun, regular dude, and last year he went all out for Halloween by getting involved in an actual zombie walk.

    That’s cool enough on its own, but Amir gets extra points for having a really, really good costume. Try to top that.

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  • Serge Ibaka
    Serge Ibaka

    Serge Ibaka might’ve topped Johnson. Last year, OKC’s entire team went in. From Collison to Kevin Durant (Jason costume) to Kendrick Perkins (werewolf) to Steven Adams (caveman) to even Thabo Sefolosha (a dude from Michael Jackson‘s “Remember the Time” video). But Ibaka might’ve topped them all with this one: Prince Akeem from Coming to America. Classic stuff.

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  • Christian Ponder
    Christian Ponder

    Speaking of classic, last year the Vikings sometimes starting quarterback blew everyone away with one of the most perfect couple costumes ever. Along with ESPN reporter/wife Sam Ponder, the duo went as the characters Wendy Peffercorn and Squints from the classic movie, The Sandlot. This is winning right here.

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  • Drew Brees
    Drew Brees

    But don’t worry if you can’t coordinate with your significant other. Kids work better, anyway.

    Best father-son joint costume? Drew and Baylen got the award last year for their coordinated Iron Man suits. Solid work there. Iron Man is often overlooked around these times each year and that sucks. He’s one of the coolest superheroes you’ll find.

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  • Tom Brady
    Tom Brady

    With that being said, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen were pretty good as well last year, rolling out as the lion and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Brady gets extra points for being willing to wear that joint out. It’s easy to go out looking like a horror villain character or something interesting from pop culture. It’s another to dress up like a lion from an old school movie. Any man over 15 years old needs some special swag to pull that off.

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  • Heath Hembree
    Heath Hembree

    And finally, this was the only costume I saw that literally made me laugh out loud. Why? Boston Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree literally cut two tiny holes in a bed sheet and went out as a classic ghost. The caption is just as good: “Boo.” It doesn’t get more swaggy than this. Let’s see you pull it off.

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  • Rajon Rondo
  • Hank Conger
  • Nick Collison
  • Manu Ginobili
  • Amir Johnson
  • Serge Ibaka
  • Christian Ponder
  • Drew Brees
  • Tom Brady
  • Heath Hembree

Halloween is one of the year’s best holidays for multiple reasons. But outside of the fun you have at school, the costumes, the parties, the overall event, it’s also fun to see what the athletes are wearing. We can thank social media for that one. (I feel like we can thank social media for just about everything nowadays.)

Before Instagram and Twitter, you’d hunt long and hard to find Halloween images of your favorite ballplayers. They didn’t really exist. Now? It’s different. More and more players are looking at Halloween as just another competition — who can get the most likes? — and are constantly trying to outdo each other. Sometimes, when you have a particularly close team, things go to another level. I remember some of the parties and pictures of recent Celtics teams with guys like Paul Pierce, Nate Robinson, Glen Davis, Shaquille O’Neal, and others all dressed up…every single player on the team having fun.

When you combine the resources that pro athletes have with their creativity, you get some pretty good stuff. At the least it’s better than my best. I always resorted to last-minute trips to the Salvation Army to grab anything I could find, before throwing together a weird costume and calling myself a hot grandma. It rarely worked.

As you get ready to head out and gobble down some candy, make sure your swag is on point. Make sure you’re the life of the party. You may never top some of these costumes but hopefully they’ll give you some good ideas. Because, let’s face it, Even Your Best Halloween Costume Won’t Touch These Athlete Costumes.

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