Star athletes were once kids, too. And when they were, they went trick-or-treating! Eleven big-time athletes shared photos of themselves dressed up in their Halloween best. Check it out in this spooky Sports Illustrated Kids slideshow!
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An elite NBA defender, Noah keeps opposing players under wraps. But back when he was seven, Noah was the one who was all wrapped up ? he was a mummy for Halloween. This photo was taken in Paris, France, where Noah lived from age three to 13. (His father, former pro tennis player Yannick Noah, is a French national.)
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As a three-year-old, Conley was a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but his favorite thing about Halloween was the candy. "He had a huge sweet tooth and would come home and rummage through all the treats he received," says his father, Mike Sr. "The next morning, his mom would find remnants of candy wrappers everywhere: under his bed, under his blankets, and under his pillows."
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Miller doesn't look too happy in his pink bunny costume, but cut him some slack ? he was just a one-year-old at the time. His great-grandmother knitted the bunny ears for him. Miller has had some hop to his step this season ? through September 3 he was 12--9 with a 3.13 ERA, and he was a candidate to win the National League Rookie of the Year.
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October has always been a festive time for Crawford. He was born the week before Halloween, on October 23, 1988. "This photo was from a joint birthday-Halloween costume party," he says. "I had just turned five years old, and Leonardo was my favorite Ninja Turtle."
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The four-time Olympic gold medalist has been magical in the pool for Team USA, so it makes sense that she once chose to be a princess with a magic wand for Halloween. This shot was taken when Franklin was 2? years old. "The neighbors thought it was adorable," says her father, Richard. "She always got a lot of candy. We would let her pick five pieces and then take away the rest in exchange for a new toy. We didn't want her taking in too much sugar."
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Before he blossomed into one of the greatest lacrosse players ever, Rabil spent his Halloweens as a kid in Montgomery County, Maryland. This photo was taken when he was eight years old. Rabil's reason for choosing his costume was simple: "My mom went to ECU [East Carolina University], and their mascot was the Pirates!" he says.
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St. Louis battled Pittsburgh for the NL Central title this season, so Cards fans may not be thrilled to see their star third baseman in a Pirate costume. At least they can take comfort in knowing that Freese is all treat and no trick when it comes to playing baseball in October ? he was the MVP of the 2011 NLCS and World Series.
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Cody, Tyler, and Luke Zeller
This trio of NBA brothers has grown quite a bit since this photo was taken ? Luke is now 6? 11? and Tyler and Cody are 7 feet. For Halloween 1995, Luke (right, age 9) and Tyler (center, age 6) wanted to be Power Rangers, but they couldn't find those costumes in stores, so their grandmother bought the materials and sewed the suits herself. Cody (left, age 3) wanted to be a doctor ? he's wearing a costume that grandma had made for Tyler a year earlier.
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The Number 1 pick of the 2010 WNBA draft is known for being a ferocious rebounder, but back in the day she chose a much friendlier persona. "I was a huge Barney fan," says Charles. "The day of this photo, I went to my kindergarten Halloween party. My mom said I wore this costume for two more days!"
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