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Ward: Ranking the best halloween costumes from the sports world

| Friday, November 1, 2019

I’ve never been terribly into Halloween myself, but I still enjoy admiring others costumes and aspiring to one day put together as good a costume as the best. In celebration of the fall holiday, I have decided to rank the best costumes from around the sports world.

  1. LeBron James as “LeDward” Scissorhands

LeBron comes in at number 10 for his well-put-together interpretation of Edward Scissorhands. This costume is almost as scary as LeBron’s play on the court. The only reason it comes in at number 10 is you would think one of the highest paid athletes in the world would be able to come up with something even more extravagant.

  1. Tom Brady as a Stormtrooper

Tom Brady comes in at the nine spot for his stormtrooper costume. Brady is only so high on the list because of my disdain for him, being a loyal Colts fan. I’m not a huge Star Wars guy, but after watching the “Rise of Skywalker” trailer during halftime of the Eagles-Cowboys game, I may have to reconsider. 

  1. DeAndre Hopkins as Aladdin

The Texans wide receiver painted his entire body blue for the sake of the holiday — talk about commitment. Also Hopkins is either ridiculously ripped, or he used darker paint to make his muscles appear more toned. Either way, Hopkins’ commitment to his costume is unmatched on this list.  

  1. Lamar Jackson as Harry Potter

Lamar Jackson as Harry Potter is an all-time great halloween costume. If you’ve read the “Harry Potter” books and never dressed up as The Boy Who Lived or any other character, complete with a wand and the infamous scar on your head, running around trying to get spells to emerge from your wand, you are the one who never lived. 

  1. JJ Reddick as Emmet from “The Lego Movie”

This costume will probably haunt me for a while. Imagine being a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, without your star rookie and having just lost your best player last season, watching a legit Lego man roll into your building. I can almost guarantee Lonzo Ball was shaking in his shoes. 

  1. Sydney Leroux Dwyer and Dom Dwyer as the Flintstones

The Dwyer family killed this Flintstones look. Not only did they destroy any and all gender norms, but they completed the look with little Pebbles and Bam Bam. Fred and Wilma have never looked this good. 

  1. Boston Bruins as “Toy Story” characters

I have a painting of an alien from “Toy Story” hanging above my bed at home. Call it childish, but I truly believe the “Toy Story” series is one of the greatest series of all time. This inflatable alien is a little spooky, as is Forky, but Mr. Potato Head and the other main characters make this look a little more bearable. 

  1. Paul George as Night King

Remember when I said no one could top dedication to their costume on this list? I stand by this statement. Simply due to the fact there is absolutely no way that Paul George wandered into his bathroom and put together this costume himself, he undoubtedly enlisted the help of some world-class makeup artist. Either way, the costume is still jaw-dropping.

  1. Marc-Andre Fleury and Veronique Larosee Fleury as Cousin Itt and Wednesday Addams

The Fleurys dressed as characters from the Addams Family. Cousin Itt always scared me more than any of the other characters in the Addams Family, but imagining Marc-Andre Fleury under the frame, as cheery and optimistic as he is in real life, is a walking nightmare.

  1. Russell Wilson and Ciara as Jay-Z and Beyonce

The Wilsons win Halloween. Hands down. Two cultural icons dressed as two cultural icons. Does it get any better than this? The answer is yes. The couple added to their look, posting their own music video to the tune of the Carters’ hit track “APES—T.” Take a look and decide for yourself. 

The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

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About Jimmy Ward

Jimmy is a senior at Holy Cross College, where he studies English and sports management. He is originally from Westfield, Indiana. Currently, Jimmy serves as an associate sports editor at The Observer. You can find him at @jimmyyward on Twitter.

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