Halloween Costume Ideas for the Soccer Fanatic

We hope you are getting as pumped for Halloween as we are! We have come up with a list of Halloween costume ideas for the soccer fanatic in each of us. If you enjoy getting decked out head to toe, we have some awesome ideas for you. Even if you dread dressing up for Halloween, don't worry, we've got you covered. Get ready to go through your closet and see what soccer gear you have lying around to use.

1. Soccer Referee

If you are looking for a simple Halloween idea, you have found the golden ticket! All you need is a yellow shirt, black shorts, soccer socks, tennis shoes, a whistle, and a red card. If you want to step it up a notch, grab a soccer ball and a head set. 

2. Team Mascot

Hands downs, soccer teams have some of the best mascots in the world. 

 
 

3. Die Hard Soccer Fan

Go alone as the best soccer fan in the world or get a group of friends to dress up with you!

4. Favorite Soccer Player

This is a great opportunity to be as creative as you want. If you feel like going simple, just wear your favorite player's jersey. Our picks to dress up as are Mario Balotelli, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Tim Howard. You can't be Balotelli without the infamous mohawk and just wear all green with goalie gloves to be Tim Howard. Dress up in a nice suit and slick your hair back to get Ronaldo's look.

5. Concessions Vendor

If you love hotdogs or nachos this is the perfect costume for you. Who doesn't want a fake hotdog on their head?

 

Have an awesome Halloween costume idea that you want to share with us? Send in your photos to CrossBonesSports@gmail.com.

End of Season Soccer Party Ideas

Summer is right around the corner...which means no more school and end of the season soccer parties! At the end of each season my soccer team would always have a potluck dinner to celebrate. 

If your soccer team is looking for ideas for an end of the season party, a potluck dinner is perfect for everyone! Each of the players on my team would sign up to bring a different dish to eat, which always resulted in an awesome feast. Don't forget to add paper plates, utensils, and drinks to the sign up sheet. Potlucks are easy to coordinate, inexpensive, and there are lots of different types of food for picky eaters to choose from.  My team held the dinner in various places over the years including the school cafeteria, auditorium, local park, and a local pool club house. Feel free to bring your favorite dish or get creative and make one of these soccer themed foods. Check out these easy recipes for the best soccer inspired foods: 

1. Soccer Ball Cookie Bites

Who doesn't love cookies?! These soccer ball cookies are sure to impress everyone on your team. If you want to get super creative, use another color icing to put the initials of each player on their very own cookie.  

Find the recipe for these delicious cookies at The Decorated Cookie.

2. Soccer Ball Chocolate Covered Strawberries

We love this idea for making soccer ball chocolate covered strawberries. All you need is strawberries, white chocolate, and black icing. Use the black icing to draw little pentagons on the strawberries after the white chocolate has dried to make them look like soccer balls. 

Find the recipe at Recipe Girl.

 
Source:  Recipe Girl

Source: Recipe Girl

 

3. Guacamole Soccer Field Dip

We promise it tastes better than it looks! We recommend making this dip right before the potluck so the guacamole stays fresh and doesn't start to turn brown.

Click here to find the recipe on The Produce Mom.

 
 

The team at CrossBones Sports wants to congratulate everyone on another awesome soccer season! Keep up the hard work and have fun celebrating with your team and coaches.

PS. Please email us your finished creations - we would love to share them on the blog! 

14 Snacks Great for Before & After Exercising

Snacks are essential before work out sessions or soccer practices because they give your body the energy it needs. Working out on an empty stomach can cause muscle loss so it is smart to grab a snack 30 to 60 minutes before exercising. The right snacks can provide your body with protein to help build muscles and with carbs for quick energy. 

Snacks are not just important before exercising, they are also great to eat after working out. Eating a snack within 30 minutes to an hour after exercising can help to restore energy and rebuild muscles. Check out the list below of some of our favorite pre and post workout snacks that will help your body get the most out of its workout.