But that doesn't mean that Halloween doesn't offer the opportunity for hockey fright and sights, as reader Kevin S. Lynch shared with us this week.
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As self-identified "Classic Mask purist," he presented these carved pumpkins in honor of Ken Dryden (bottom left), Doug Favell (top) and Cesare Maniago (bottom right), whose design is actually rather spooky in pumpkin form.
Have you a hockey-themed pumpkin? Have you worn, or will you wear, a makeshift Halloween costume? Do you have hockey imagery in your Halloween front lawn displays? Email pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll give away some trinkets to some of the better ones.
Meanwhile, here are a dozen more hockey pumpkins to scare the stuffing out of you (or make you feel slightly better about your knife skills and artistic ability).
And here … we … go.
I was trying to make a scary pumpkin and decided the Calgary Hitmen logo would work pretty well! Sorry for the crappy picture from my phone.
No need to apologize. Unless you didn't take this theme all the way and create a Bret Hart pumpkin next to it.
It's a two-fer from reader Leigh Guggemo featuring the Calgary Flames and San Joe Sharks:
This is from 2005, which explains the old Sharks' logo. My friend Ilsa and I made these after driving up from college to catch a Sharks - Flames game on my birthday just before Halloween. It was my second game live and her first, and it ended with a San Jose victory in the shootout after they tied the game with 30 seconds left. Taking a college road trip to watch your favorite team win, all with a beautiful friend who's super into hockey; can you blame a guy if that's still my best birthday to date?
P.S. A little history, if you interested: I just had to look up who was in goal for the Sharks that night, because it wasn't Nabokov or Toskala. It was Nolan Schaefer, younger brother of Peter Schaefer, who played 7 career NHL games and was the first Sharks goalie to earn a win in a shootout. 5-1 record, 1.87 GAA, .920 SV%, and 1 SO, how are those for career NHL stats? I remember him coming out to the top of the circle to try to beat Iginla to a loose puck drifting down the ice, and they got there at the same time. It ended with Schaefer on his back and the puck in the net.
Logo pumpkins and a Nolan Schaefer sighting?! Bliss.
"Can I get a shout-out for @TepposHeadset if this makes the cut? Thanks. And Brett Hull is a dick."
Giving us a pumpkin, calling out a Hall of Famer who trolls Sabres fans … how can we resist?
The ghostly visage of the King, in pumpkin form. Love it.
Bonus! Michal Jordan, never having participated in Halloween activities in his native Czech Republic, takes a lesson from goaltender Mike Murphy.
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