A 4-month-old Philadelphia Flyers fat just got his Gritty costume for Halloween, and it’s absolutely adorable.
In a slightly terrifying kinda way.
Philadelphia received their new mascot, Gritty, just in time for the 2018-2019 NHL season. Obviously inspired by the Phillie Phanatic, the mascot of Philadelphia’s Major League Baseball team, Gritty is a large, somewhat pear-shaped creature that kinda looks like a hipster-version of Grimace (of McDonald’s fame) if he were a huge hockey fan.
Here’s a quick introduction for those unfamiliar with Gritty.
The new mascot has been somewhat polarizing to Flyers fans, prompting as many protest banners as bar concoctions. But to one Philadelphia mom, Gritty was an irresistible opportunity to get into the Halloween spirit with an arts and crafts project for a baby’s costume.
Valerie Sherk, of Montgomery County, is planning on holding a Halloween party. Costumes are naturally mandatory, but this proves a problem for infants as there aren’t a whole lot of costumes made for babies under 6 months. Valerie’s BFF has a 4-month-old named Connor, so she needed to come to the little guy’s rescue in order to be fully dressed for the party.
Evidently a hockey fan, Valerie used Gritty as her muse. She concocted an idea for a baby Gritty costume using an old hoodie, a glue gun, some orange and black fabric, and “a lot of orange yarn.” Three hours and several nasty burns later, and her masterpiece was complete.
Connor’s costume is a near-replica of Gritty, complete with googly eyes, Flyer’s jersey, and even a pair of tiny black skates. We’re pretty sure that Connor is still in the crawling-around age, but we’d like to think that he’d spontaneously show some incredible skating aptitude and start playing hockey before he can even walk.
He’s certainly cute, but from another angle, he kinda looks like a muppet eating a baby.
The plan now is to somehow get Connor to go to a Flyers game and meet the real Gritty in the flesh. Or, rather, orange plushy fabric. Gritty has quite the social media presence, so we're sure he'd be up for a tete-a-tete with Connor.