Now that October is finally here, a lot of people will probably spend the next few weeks planning elaborate costumes to wear on Halloween. But of course, not everyone needs Halloween as an excuse to wear a crazy costume. On any given Sunday from September through January, you’ll see gobs of ghouls and ghosts at every stadium in the NFL, cheering on their favorite team like a bunch of lunatics. Why do they dress up this way? I have no idea. I myself am not really into face paint. But I do know that I enjoy it. So today, in honor of the NFL’s legions of fans who make every Sunday Halloween, I present to you 30 of the creepiest football fans you’ll ever see. Enjoy!
Did this Bucs fan even dye his tongue red? Or did he just suck down a Slurpee? Either way, I like his hat.
30. One-Horned Bucs Fan
I don't find lucha libre masks particularly creepy. In fact, I find them pretty awesome. But for some reason, when you add a bird beak to the front they really creep me out.
29. Cardinal Lucha Libre
It's funny how all you have to do to look like a pimp is where a purple velvet hat. I mean, did pimps ever really wear those things?
28. The Demon Pimp
Is that George Clinton? (And yes, I do find George Clinton to be kind of creepy. Especially when he's wearing cartoon hands.)
This guy gets the award for "most looks like an actual frozen corpse." (Yeah, I give out very specific awards in my head.) But while the guy himself is creepy, I have to say I really like his hat.
26. Frozen Cheesehead
You know what I really find creepy about this Vikings fan? It's not the purple face. It's the fact that it looks like he has a Cowboys tattoo on his right bicep.
What the hell, Erik?
This is what the Insane Clown Posse would look like if they were Dolphins fans.
24. Dolphins Fanatics
No list of creepy NFL fans would be complete without the Denver Broncos Barrel Guy. Sure, Tim McKernan was beloved and respected for his devotion to his team. After all, he wore this getup to every Broncos game for 30 years. But when you stop and think about it, you realize he was basically just a fat old guy wearing nothing but a barrel and cowboy boots. It's pretty disturbing. I mean, imagine you ran into him at the library or grocery store. Not cool, right?
23. The Barrel Guy
Now that the Rams aren't awful anymore, fans won't have to wear masks to games to hide their identities.
22. The Rams Jester
Ah yes, the famous Cleveland Browns "Dawg Pound." If I saw these people as a kid, I would have had nightmares for a month.
21. The Dawg Pound
Nothing spreads holiday cheer like a fat drunk Colts fan with weird monkey puppets for hands. Merry Christmas, kids!
20. Indy Babe
I'm not the only person who finds clowns to be creepy, right?
19. Cajun Clown
Ah yes, our first Raiders fan on the list. This guy is iconic, isn't he?
18. Darth Skeletor
Pinhead from Hellraiser is a Raiders fan? Yeah, that sounds about right.
That dude on the left looks like one of the characters from Cats. The dude on the right looks like he stole his wig. Together, these two make me never want to go to a Carolina Panthers game.
While I certainly appreciate the sentiment–yes, Jay Cutler is a huge baby—this outfit just gives me the willies.
15. Goo Goo Ga Ga
The Raiders have the most intimidating fan-base in the NFL. It's a shame the team sucks so bad year after year.
14. Typical Raiders Fan
The only thing creepier than a giant anthropomorphic bunny who sneaks into your house and leaves you candy on Easter is four anthropomorphic bunnies, with beards, just hanging out at a Buffalo Bills game.
13. Bills Bunnies
Though I'm sure the makers of this orange lycra suit added the zipper crotch as a matter of convenience, I just can't shake the feeling that it will be used for all the wrong reasons.
12. Easy Access Lycra Guy
I don't know about you, but anybody wearing a bear's head for a hat gets a wide birth from me.
11. Bear Skin Suit
Kicking off the top 10 we have the first of three consecutive Seahawks fans. The funny thing is, given the popularity of dreds among NFL players these days (which just seems dangerous), this creepy dude could almost pass for one of them.
10. The Predator
Satan here has a pretty nice collection of autographs on his horns. Maybe he's not so evil after all.
9. Seattle Satan
Apparently Seahawks fans have become neon versions of the Raiders fans.
8. Seahawk Skeleton
Despite what I just said about Seattle fans being neon versions of the Raiders fans, they still aren't as creepy as the originals.
7. Another Typical Raiders Fan
Um, yeah, that's somebody's grandma right there.
6. Mr. & Mrs. Clause
Okay, so here's the deal with the dudes in drag wearing pig snouts at Redskins games: they're called "The Hogettes." They were inspired by the legendary offensive line of the Washington Redskins, known as "The Hogs," in the 1980s. They've been at every home game since 1983 wearing dresses, garden party hats, wigs, and pig snouts.
It's got to be one of the most disturbing fan traditions in modern professional sports.
5. Pig Man
Remember what I said in #6? Well, this, too, is somebody's grandma.
That's a nice thought, isn't it?
4. Grandma Bronco
This is my favorite Raiders fan costume of all time. He reminds me of the Ghost of Christmas Future from that movie Scrooged.
3. Creepy Skeleton Guy
For a team called the Saints, they sure do have a lot of demonic-looking fans. But I guess that's to be expected with the creole and cajun tradition in NOLA.
2. Demonic Saint
If you haven't seen the B-movie horror classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space, you should definitely check it out. It's full of killer, people-eating aliens that look just like this guy.