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Pens Halloween: 2019

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The Pens held their annual team Halloween party on Wednesday. And as per usual, the group got creative.

Zach Aston-Reese joined Bryan Rust and his wife Kelsey for an epic group costume. Rust was Shrek and Kelsey was Princess Fiona, with the couple hiring a makeup artist to apply green makeup and prosthetics. Aston-Reese dressed as Donkey, while the couple's dogs joined in on the fun as well. Cooper was the Gingerbread Man and Oliver was Puss-in-Boots.

"My wife was just looking for something good and she came across that," Rust said. "She did quite a bit of research and I think it turned out pretty well."

Rust appreciated his teammate, who sits next to him in the locker room, stepping in as his trusty sidekick.

"It was good to get Reeser in on it too," Rust said. "He was a good (donkey)."

Aston-Reese enjoyed how painless the whole process was for him, even down to the makeup.

"Kelsey messaged me and said, do you want to want to be Donkey? We're doing Shrek," Aston-Reese said. "In my head, I was like, this is perfect - I don't have to take care of anything, I just need to show up. Though I did have to go to the costume store. The makeup part was actually pretty fun."

When he was done getting his makeup applied, that's when Aston-Reese said his one movie quote of the night:

"In the morning, I'm making waffles!"

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Patric Hornqvist, Marcus Pettersson and their significant others teamed up for another fantastic group costume that paid homage to their Swedish roots - dressing as the four members of Swedish band ABBA.

"I guess when you're two Swedes on one team, you can pull it off," Pettersson said with a laugh. "You don't want to leave anybody out there. It worked out for us. It was fun. Our parents are crazy ABBA fans. It's fun whenever you throw them on or see the movies, you know what the deal is."

At one point in the night, they performed a rendition of "Mamma Mia!" for everyone at the party.

"I don't know if it was so good that they didn't want us to do it again, or it was so bad that they were like okay, you're not ABBA, so get out of here," Pettersson joked.

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While they were onstage, Jake Guentzel might have used that as an opportunity to try and sell some insurance. Last night he put on some, uh, khakis? Along with a red polo shirt and a headset to dress as "Jake from State Farm" from the company's commercial. He had some friendly competition with his girlfriend Natalie, who dressed as Flo from Progressive.

Guentzel said he's seen people on Twitter, including yours truly, use the "Jake from State Farm" nickname, so the costume worked out well.

"The last couple of years I've been here I see it a lot, and I see Michelle tweet it," he told the other half of Pens Inside Scoop, Sam Kasan. "So, it worked out well."

Jake and Natalie got a lot of votes for best costume, including one from Matt Murray.

"That was pretty clever," Murray said.

Here's a couple of the other costumes…

Evgeni Malkin and his wife Anna were dressed as characters from Mortal Kombat.

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Dominik Kahun and his girlfriend Antonia were dressed as characters from Top Gun.

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And Matt Murray and his wife Christina dressed as Indiana Jones and Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.

"My wife picked it," Murray said. "She was just looking up ideas online and we had this little shack when I was a kid on the lake that had a VCR, and the only movies that we had were the Indiana Jones movies. I watched all of those movies at least probably 10 times each when I was a kid. So I was like yeah, let's do that for sure."

The fun didn't stop that night, as Kris Letang's son Alex picked out a Superman costume for him to wear at his school's Halloween party this morning.

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In addition to the votes that Rust/Aston-Reese and Guentzel received, other guys receiving votes were Jared McCann and his girlfriend Val (White Chicks); Jack Johnson and his wife Kelly (Beauty and the Beast); Chad Ruhwedel and his wife Elle (Austin Powers); and Dominik Simon (the Burger King).

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