Leafs recall costumes

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

When recalling his favourite Halloween costume as a kid, Eric Lindros admits sacrificing originality for practicality.

"I went out as a hockey player," Lindros said rather sheepishly yesterday. "It seemed I was playing a game or practising every Halloween night. So I'd get into my equipment, take a bag around to some houses, get my candy and then head to the rink."

Forward Chad Kilger remembers he was also scrambling for a get-up every Oct. 31.

"I'd just grab whatever was around the house," he recalled. "But one year, my father was on the committee for Cornwall (Ont.'s) bi-centennial. He had an old suit with spats, top hat and long stockings that people had worn in the old days and I went out in that."

There were some attempts at creativity.

"My parents did everything, including make me a jailbird one year," said forward Matt Stajan. "A couple of times they dressed me up as a girl. I still think that's one of the funniest things for a guy to be on Halloween."

Wade Belak went that route as a female nurse, chuckling when play-by-play man Dennis Beyak asked if he went trick or treating with Alexandre Daigle as a kid. Belak's toddler daughter graduated from a pumpkin outfit to a chicken costume last night.

Clarke Wilm was Mr. T, sure to get attention in a place such as Central Butte, Sask.

"It was so cool as a nine or 10 year-old to go out with a mohawk haircut," Wilm said.

Kyle Wellwood was a pirate. "Eye patch, sword and everything, but no parrot," he said.

Nathan Perrott was Yoda from Star Wars and when Alex Steen was being raised in Winnipeg where his dad played for the Jets, he was once a dinosaur.

"People in Sweden will dress up on Halloween, but it's not like over here with the pumpkins and going to houses for candy," Steen said. "Which is too bad, because I think they would really like the traditions here."


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