The Cubs showed off their Halloween spirit before trip to Cleveland

There’s a lot of pressure on the Chicago Cubs to end a 108-year World Series drought. While the team closed the gap on the Cleveland Indians with a win in Game 5, Chicago still faces an uphill battle if they want to bring home a championship.

If the players are nervous about their current position, they aren’t showing it. Prior to Monday night’s flight to Cleveland, a number of Cubs players dressed up and celebrated Halloween with their kids.

The late flight time wasn’t a coincidence, as manager Joe Maddon wanted the team to spend time with their families before leaving. Of course, knowing Maddon, it should come as no surprise that he encouraged his players to wear their costumes on the plane.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of costumes the Cubs came up with:

Carl Edwards Jr. and his family dressed up as the Incredibles. (Pic via @edwardskiid on Instagram)
Carl Edwards Jr. and his family dressed up as the Incredibles. (Pic via @edwardskiid on Instagram)

Reliever Carl Edwards Jr. and his family dressed up as The Incredibles. Edwards Jr. actually took Maddon’s advice and showed up for the team flight in his costume.

Pitcher John Lackey was the big, bad wolf. That seems fitting, considering his demeanor on the mound.

(Via @dexterfowler) Squeezed in trick or treating with the family !

A photo posted by cubs (@cubs) on Oct 31, 2016 at 3:22pm PDT

We’re not sure outfielder Dexter Fowler dressed up, but his daughter is adorable with her elephant costume.

Happy Halloween! (Via @addison_russell)

A photo posted by cubs (@cubs) on Oct 31, 2016 at 10:45am PDT

Addison Russell may have our favorite costume of anyone on the Cubs, though we’re biased. The leader of the Cubs’ infield dressed up as the leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Maddon is reportedly still working on his costume, but this is how he showed up for the team flight.

That was just a sampling of what the players came up with. But we also thought it was worth sharing another Cubs-related costume. Check out this young Cubs’ fan who decided to go as Grandpa Rossy.

And just to make sure we’re giving both teams in the World Series some coverage, we figured we would share this excellent Trevor Bauer costume.

Just because, please enjoy Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton dressed up as a buff pharaoh.


A photo posted by Giancarlo Stanton (@giancarlo818) on Oct 31, 2016 at 10:03am PDT

That’s a fitting costume for a powerful, powerful man.

Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier also went as a strong character. We wonder if he can bowl like Fred Flinstone as well?

What a crew! Happy Halloween everybody???? #TMNT

A photo posted by Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) on Oct 31, 2016 at 7:45pm PDT

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper also went the Ninja Turtles route.

And finally, please enjoy San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence as Napoleon Dynamite.

Yeah, that might be the best costume we’ve seen thus far. No one is topping that.

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