The Hope College athletes gathered at an end of season Halloween costume contest over the past weekend in DeVos Fieldhouse. The event called for students to “come in their most innovative sport or jersey costume.” Winners were announced in several categories, with laughs and candy had by all. The overall winner of the contest was an athlete who came dressed as “fantasy football.” Judges declared the costume as “most creative and innovative in style and execution.” Coming in close second was a costume called “foot fairy.” A soccer player dressed in his Hope soccer gear added in a tiara, fairy wings and a wand to embody his sport’s stereotype.
The most popular costume of the night went to the Chicagobased student athletes, who nearly exclusively wore their prized Cub jerseys. Judges were adament in giving them low scores. “Hope students from Chicago are known for their affinity to their hometown team. This costume required little more than looking in a closet for inspiration. No innovation.” Other highlights of the night included a golfer who’s shirt had the number “1” on it with a large hole in the middle. He called himself the “hole in one.” One athlete, especially excited for the approaching winter, dressed as a snowball. She added two skis and two poles sticking out of the look for effect, calling herself the “Downhill Disaster.” Another soccer player came dressed in his team’s uniform, calling himself the “True Football Player.”