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Hockey Halloween costumes a scream

NHL players dress up as celebrities, cartoon characters, even teammates

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Once again, Hockey Halloween is upon us, with players around the NHL taking to social media in recent days to show off their costumes.

Ranging from funny to cute to downright scary, one thing became clear: NHL players love dressing up for Halloween.

Here are some of the best costumes from all corners of the League:

Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe was painting happy little trees all over fellow Kings center Michael Amadio. The two dressed as legendary Bob Ross of "The Joy of Painting" and a scenic canvas.

Adrian Kempe's costume

Mario Kart, anyone? Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin and forwards Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov dressed up as Mario, Luigi and Yoshi, respectively, though their vehicles were certainly an upgrade from the Nintendo game.

Alexander Radulov's costume

Celebrity couples are a popular Halloween costume, and Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm didn't have to look far for inspiration. He and Ida Bjornstad went as Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn.

Mattias Ekholm's costume

No couple's costume was more 2018 than Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and wife Brandi. The pair went as Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's characters from the movie "A Star is Born."

Tweet from @bbholtby: ������ Tell me something boy, aren���t you tired tryin��� to fill that void 🎤🎸

Doh! Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and girlfriend Lauren Kyle slapped on a ton of yellow makeup to replicate the look of Springfield's favorite couple, Homer and Marge Simpson.

Connor McDavid's costume

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jimmy Hayes and wife Kristen Hayes as Dustin and Eleven from "Stranger Things" were ready to fight the Demogorgon, except their version was probably much easier to tame. 

Jimmy Hayes costume

It was a role reversal for New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman and girlfriend Jordan Daigle, who was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for three years. This Halloween, he clutched the pom poms and she wore the hockey gear.

Blake Coleman's costume

St. Louis Blues forward Pat Maroon and fiancee Francesca Vangel went to "The Sandlot" for inspiration, with Vangel dressing as Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez and Maroon as Hercules, the scary dog that stole baseballs.

Patrick Maroon's costume

Vegas Golden Knights center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare celebrated little Léandre Lian Bellemare's first Halloween with wife Hannah by getting the whole family dolled up in Shrek costumes.

Tweet from @bellsy78: First Family Halloween 🎃 👻! Donkey did stay in costume for a respectable 10 min 😂!#HappyHalloween #Halloween2018

If Disney needs a rising star to cast as Beast for a "Beauty and the Beast" live action production, may we recommend Stars goalie Ben Bishop? His elaborate costume is even more striking when you consider he is 6-foot-7. Girlfriend Andrea Talmadge completes the scene as Belle. 

Tweet from @Benbishop30: Another great Halloween party in the books!! #BeautyAndTheBeast

Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene and his wife Ashley knocked out two occasions in one with their costumes doubling as a baby announcement.

Matt Duchene's costume

Video: Happy #HockeyHalloween from the NHL!

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