10 Pro Athletes Whose Costumes Killed It on Halloween Instagram: klaythompson
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Now that everybody has an excess amount of candy sitting in their houses, and a bunch of Halloween makeup that’s going to get pushed into the back of a drawer “just in case,” it’s time to turn the page to November. Basketball and football is in full swing ahead of us, but let’s take a moment to relive Halloween 2018 one more time.

There are a ton of hilarious costume ideas that people came up with, and a ton of athletes took the holiday spirit to another level and went DEEP into character to celebrate. There were a ton of costumes to flood social media, but there were ten that stood out above the rest.

10. Victor Oladipo as Black Panther

On a night where the Pacers needed a superhero performance late in the night to knock off the New York Knicks, Pacers guard Victor Oladipo rolled into Madison Square Garden and put Wakanda on his back. The NBA’s 2nd overall pick in 2013 dropped 24 points in Indiana’s 107-101 win on Halloween, including 11 points in the fourth quarter. Maybe it was the power of the Black Panther?

9. Klay Thompson as Jackie Moon

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Go trops Happy Halloween 🎃👻

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Two nights after hitting an NBA-record 14 three-point field goals and crediting his headband and “[looking] like Jackie Moon out there,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson showed up to Golden State‘s game against the New Orleans Pelicans dressed like the Flint Tropics owner/coach/power forward himself. Klay’s 37 minutes on Halloween only yielded 18 points, but when you have Steph Curry scoring 37 and hitting seven threes, you can sit back and enjoy the holiday with another Warriors win.

8. JuJu Smith-Schuster as… Himself?

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver is one of the most electric, young personalities in the NFL today, and he made sure to put his energy on display on Halloween. How did he do it? JuJu put on his work clothes, complete with a Michael Myers mask, and rolled around the city passing out candy as himself. It’s so hard not to like this kid when he does things like this.

7. Josh Lambo as Ace Ventura

Every kicker’s favorite fictional player is Ray Finkle. For those unfamiliar, he missed the Super Bowl winning kick (not really) when quarterback Dan Marino allegedly held the football with the laces in (didn’t happen), and Finkle’s elaborate revenge plot was foiled by Ace Ventura. Please see the movie, then respect Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo for going all out to bring the story to life.

6. Moe Harkless as Tyrone Biggums

Bringing back one of Dave Chapelle’s iconic characters, Portland Trailblazers small forward Moe Harkless went full Tyrone Biggums for Halloween. The entire Blazers team went all-out for a game last week, but this costume, and the hilarious character behind it, is going to be great for a laugh for a long time.

5. LeBron James as Jason Voorhees

Put a 6-foot-8 and 260 pound basketball player in a Jason Voorhees mask complete with Supreme hammer, and you’ve got a terrifying creature that would scare the life out of you when he came rumbling through the paint. LeBron James is the most iconic figure in all of sports, and his simple recreation would definitely scare even Michael Jordan if the two met face-to-face on Halloween.

4. Elena Delle Donne as Jack Skellington

One of the WNBA’s best players went all-out for Halloween and took us all back in time to Halloween Town. Dressed as The Pumpkin King herself, Delle Donne had the walk, the demeanor, and the iconic pinstriped suit all in order. The 2015 WNBA MVP is in her prime at 29-years-old, and she set the bar pretty high for future Halloweens.

3. Jarvis Landry as The Pope

With a catch phrase like “BLESS’M,” you better have some kind of religious-themed costume to show it off. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, whose catchphrase became popular after the team’s appearance on HBO’s Hard Knocks, went full Pope on Halloween, and I’m sure he walked around blessing everybody the entire night like only the Juice can.

2. Tom Brady as The Most Terrifying Clown Ever

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Happy Halloween!!! 🎃👻😱🤡

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He may be 41-years-old, but Tom Brady is winning the social media game. His Instagram account is a great follow for weekly, hilarious, dad content, but the New England Patriots quarterback did Halloween the best. Nice family picture with his wife, Gisele, and their kids? Sure. Photobomb with a terrifying clown get-up in the back? Thanks for the nightmares, Tom…


1. DeAndre Hopkins as Na’vi from Avatar

For some of us, getting a wig or a banana costume is too much work, but look what Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins did for Halloween! The All-Pro pass catcher went full Na’vi, body paint, weapons and all, and easily won the holiday with this costume. Good luck trying to top this next year!

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John joins the FanBuzz team with five years of experience freelancing as a sports writer for and A graduate of Penn State University, John currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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