MONTREAL, QC. — Last year, the Canadiens played on Halloween night, making it somewhat of a necessity to either wear a jersey to watch the game, or a costume, or somehow combine the two. This year, there are no NHL games on Halloween, but just about every team plays on the 29th and the 30th, which are prime Halloween party nights.
You’ll probably want to go the Canadiens route, so in case you haven’t thought of anything, we’ve got you covered.
Do you care about being politically correct? No? Then, clearly, the Subbanator costume is right for you. The picture below shows you everything you’d need to complete the costume.
If you’d prefer not to offend everyone in sight, well, we’ve got a couple options for you.
Cover up the name on your Plekanec T-shirt with some masking tape. Write “Jagr” on top of it. Get yourself a turtleneck and a wig that looks like a mullet. You’re playoff hero Tomas Jagr!
Dress up as a fair-weather fan by taping a couple of mothballs to your Carey Price or Andrei Kostitsyn jersey.
Maybe with all the games on Halloween weekend this year, you can have some fun with other team’s gear instead.
Ottawa Senators: Their victory over the (tired) Coyotes notwithstanding, the Sens have had a pretty sad season thus far. Maybe you could incorporate a Sens shirt into a Debbie Downer costume: you’ll need to look as sad and dowdy as possible. Get the most boring brown blouse and long skirt you can find. Say things like “I remember when Alex Kovalev used to score goals.” It’s OK if you accidentally make yourself laugh.
Tampa Bay Lightning: It’s still okay to make “poor little rich boy” jokes about Dan Ellis. (Yes, it is, because I said so.) Pin a bunch of money to your clothes, show everyone pictures of the new rims on your car, and maybe make a necklace out of a Fabergé egg.
Or, if you want your costume to be really accurate, you can arrive at a party in full Habs regalia then change into a Lightning jersey right before you leave.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Pretty scary, huh? Just wearing any type of Leafs merchandise is terrifying. You can wear a Leafs hat and jersey over a nice shirt and tie, and figure out a way to fake some teenage acne. Boom. You’re a Leafs draft pick. Those don’t even exist these days! Go have a drink with those people dressed up as wizards and fairies.
Or, if you prefer, wear a Leafs or an Atlanta Thrashers jersey and accessorize it with a Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup ring.
New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes and maybe a few other teams: A couple of years ago I went to a Halloween party hosted by some guys from my class. I wasn’t sure who else was going or at what time, and I just went by myself expecting to find people I knew. I did, but it wasn’t the same as showing up with friends and having people to talk to all night. I had a couple of lonely, socially awkward moments. That party would have been the ultimate chance to dress up as a fan of a small-market hockey team.
Habby Halloween, everyone!
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