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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Trending: Athletes dress for Halloween

By Bill Speros
Special to ESPN.com

Hines Ward may have survived Bane’s attack on Gotham City, but the former Steelers wide receiver was unable to outrun those pesky zombies on Halloween. “Doing the Walking Dead was freaky, but cool. Took 2.5 hours to make me look like this. Happy Halloween everybody!” he posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Trick or Treat!!! - HINES


From Hines Ward via Facebook.

The zombies also nabbed Olympic hurdler and future bobsledder Lolo Jones:

Kids better not be ready for walking dead zombies but running dead. Im ready. instagr.am/p/RdsQ9onJwC/

— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) October 31, 2012


From lolo jones via Instagram.



Meanwhile, Bane and his nemesis -- also known as Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee and son -- united in their quest for candy:

“@hramsay0221: @joshscobee10 what was your little guy for Halloween?”-he had a great time... twitter.com/JoshScobee10/s…

— Josh Scobee (@JoshScobee10) November 1, 2012


Free candy. The perfect encore to your second NBA championship ring:

Trick or treat.. The Wade crew b4 hitting every house on the block up... instagr.am/p/ReNU73FCA3/

— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) November 1, 2012


From thewayofwade via Instagram.



We know the kid got his fill, but how much did Cinderella and Iron Man end up with?

Happy Halloween! Baylen opted out of his costume but did not opt out of getting a boatload of candy! twitter.com/drewbrees/stat…

— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) November 1, 2012


Hey -- that's my costume:

Well it looks like tony stark is wearing @alpinestars boots tonight twitter.com/str8edgeracer/…

— C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer) November 1, 2012

"Don't make angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry" ~ The People's Hulk #HappyHalloween twitter.com/TheRock/status…

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 31, 2012


Clown question, meet clown costume:

Happy Halloween to all! #clown twitter.com/Bharper3407/st…

— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) November 1, 2012


The NHL lockout has left many players with extra times on their hands, Paul Stastny of the Avalanche may have gone a little "nuts":

I'm a reeeeaaaaalllllll boy???!!!! #boooooooop #happyhalloween twitter.com/PaulyWalnuts26…

— Paul Stastny (@PaulyWalnuts26) November 1, 2012


There's something about kickers:

The family tonight twitpic.com/b97teo

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) November 1, 2012

The family tonight on Twitpic



Lord Vader made an appearance, courtesy of tennis star Novak Djokovic. Unfortunately, the Dark Side of the Force wasn’t enough as Sam Querrey beat Djokovic 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters:

Mirá cómo Novak Djokovic (@djokernole) saltó al campo de juego como 'Darth Vader' por #Halloweentwitpic.com/b93153

— mdz online (@mdzonline) October 31, 2012


Some went from trick-or-treaters to becoming the subject of costumes in a few short years:

I am so honored seeing the pictures of people dressed up as me for Halloween! Thank you so much!!

— Missy Franklin (@FranklinMissy) November 1, 2012


Fellow Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Dana Vollmer and her husband, Andy Grant, paid a visit to "Dexter's Laboratory":

More to cartoon scale haha!! Having a blast with my husband @andywgrant! #fb twitter.com/danavollmer/st…

— Dana Vollmer (@danavollmer) October 28, 2012


Finally, Scooby Doo, Luigi and Mario stole the spotlight during the Bulls' 93-87 win over Sacramento:

Going to be tough for any other NBA photo to top this one tonight: twitter.com/afigman/status…

— adam figman (@afigman) November 1, 2012


Elsewhere:

• The Jaguars may be 1-6, but they continue to score when it comes to in-game entertainment. Stadium DJ Chill Will (William Barker) will be unveiling a new song by Jacksonville native, hip-hop artist and member of "69 Boyz" Thrill da Playa (Van Bryant) when the Jaguars are introduced during their warm-ups Sunday against the Lions. "Show Up Show Out" is good fit for the Jaguars because "the Jags are known for a hard-hitting in-your-face style of defense, so we wanted to song to be a bit hard as well," Barker told Playbook in an email. Have a listen here and decide for yourself.

If you see any offbeat links from your favorite sports site or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or to bsperos1@gmail.com.