Halloween, the one time of the year where it’s socially acceptable to pretend you’re someone else. Finding a creative costume can be a tricky one, finding one that relates to hockey can be even harder. We compiled a list of ten ideas to help light the creativity lamp for this years festivities.
1. Hockey Player, the most obvious costume choice that works for any age. If you play, wear the gear. If you don’t, black shorts, a jersey, and hockey socks will do. But having the added equipment of a stick, gloves and helmet makes the costume complete.
2. Hanson Brothers, if you have a trio of friends this is a great option. You can order Chiefs jerseys or tshirts online for fairly cheap, a pair of glasses from the dollar store and black shorts complete the look, don’t forget to wrap that foil either!
3. Trading Card, have you always dreamed of being a player? This is your chance. Print a poster sized photo at your local printing or office supplies store, glue it to a poster board and cut out the face. On your home printer, print out the Upper Deck logo from a quick google search and glue it to the bottom of the photo or write it in. The player opportunities are endless.
4. Ice Girl, almost every team in the league (NHL) has some version of the ice girl. Throw on a pair of yoga pants or a skirt in team colors, put on a jersey and go. Nice additions to the costume would be a shovel, you could even throw team apparel at anyone who cheers your way.
5. Don Cherry, an icon in the hockey world, his eclectic and over the top ensembles for Hockey Night in Canada are easy to re-create. Why? Well, anything goes. Head to the thrift store and pick up the craziest clothing combinations you can find. Voila, you’re Don. An added selling point, tote around a CBC Hockey Night in Canada microphone.
6. 4th Line Brawler, this costume is all in the makeup technique. Give yourself a few cuts, scrapes, maybe even a black eye from your brawl earlier in the week. Tape up your wrists and black out a tooth or two. You’ll be dropping the gloves with anyone that doesn’t have your favorite candy on hand.
7. Jaromir Jagr, everyone knows Jagr and his mullet. Buy a mullet wig or tease your hair to look like one. Throw on a Jagr shirt or jersey and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to salute everyone.
8. Ghosts of Hockey Past (Thrashers, Nordiques, Whalers), a twist on a go-to last minute halloween costume. Who hasn’t thrown on a white sheet and cut out the eyes for the ever popular ghost costume. Well, get out the sheet or learn how to face paint, wear a jersey from a now defunct team and make a sign that says “Ghosts of Hockey Past”. Don’t forget to assure people that the Thrashers were really a team.
9. Puck Bunny, as a female fan, at some point you may have been called a ‘Puck Bunny’, it’s a frustrating terms that gets thrown in the direction of women who love the game on a regular basis. Maybe it fits you, it probably doesn’t, but take the opportunity to be one for just one night. Throw on a jersey, a pair of heels, bunny ears and a tail. It may be the quickest and easiest costume of the group.
10. Goalie Mask, this costume takes an artistic hand. Goaltenders have some of the best equipment in the league, solely because of their headgear. Pick a mask you love and have an artistic friend get to painting to re-create it on you. Having a bald head may help the process, but it’s still a doable option for anyone.
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