Wednesday, October 28, 2015

No Halloween Costume? Why Not Use Your Bike?

12 Cycling Halloween Costumes, Just For You

Halloween is such a fun time of year. Maybe you waited until the last minute to decide on a costume, or you don't want to spend too much. Either way we have collected some of our favorite bicycle themed Halloween costumes for your viewing pleasure. Following the pictures we have included some bicycle safety tips so you can enjoy your night to the fullest!

Please follow all traffic and city laws. Of course you should be doing this anyway, but Halloween is one of those holidays during which you should be extra vigilant.

You may need to be quick if you want to try one of these first few costumes

1. Headless Horseman

This one is the most difficult of all the costumes, in our opinion. Mostly because it would be so difficult to see while riding your bike. If you are riding on trails or on lightly traveled (and excellently paved) roads, this costume could be amazing!

2. Cardboard Car 

Depending on your skills, you can make a cardboard car that is the joke of the party or that will amaze everyone who sees you. Make sure you can move your arms comfortably enough to ride your bike and that you can turn your head in both directions. Cardboard is great because there is so much you can do with it. Don't want to be a car? Make yourself into a tetris block, a lego man, a plane, or anything you think you can fashion out of cardboard. There are even some DIY articles online!

Think You Can Do It Better?

3. Riding Falkor the Luckdragon or a Unicorn/Horse/Shark Etc...

Wow, that first example was really specific, wasn't it? It is truly up to you how much effort you put into this one. You can try to find a large stuffed animal at a thrift store to sew around your bike or buy a large animal onesie and fasten it like a sail. Or for the very last minute Halloweener - buy a horse head and mount it to the front of your bike. Cardboard can help here too! It's probably best not to avoid being any animal that has a long tail. 

Now on to some easier costumes. 

4. E.T.

This one can be really simple, and you can use any bike to do it! Just mount a milk crate to the front and buy an E.T. doll. If you can't afford the doll, you can make a dummy by stuffing your old clothes with other old clothes, and then wrap it up in a blanket. Grab a green light-up bracelet or something similar at the dollar store and - Viola!

5. Dorothy (Scarecrow)

While it would be interesting to see someone in a Tin Man costume try to ride a bike, we would advise against it. This costume works especially well if you already have a little dog! Dorothy costumes are easy to come by (and relatively cheap). Adding your bicycle makes it unique and fun! For scarecrow, try your local thrift store for all brown clothes. You can buy fake hey or straw at many different places. Makeup is essential for both of these characters.

6. Witch

You don't want to be GOOD on Halloween do you? Instead of Dorothy, try out the wicked witch! Fasten a broom to your bike, grab a witch hat from a party store, and paint yourself green. Customize to your heart's content!

7. Astronaut

This costume may take a bit of money to accomplish, as you will want a realistic looking helmet and; It's getting harder and harder to find parachute pants in stores. You could try and create a spaceship out of cardboard if you'd like, but, just being an astronaut on a bicycle should turn some heads.

Now for the easiest costumes that you could literally wait until the day of your party and still look like you put thought into your costume.

It'd be nice if you could pull me into town
8. Napoleon Dynamite

All you need for this costume is poor fashion sense! Kidding - but seriously - Get an afro wig, light blue shirt (preferably with a unicorn on it) and some 80s glasses and you are ready to go! If you have a friend who is daring, he could dress up in the Kip costume, complete with headband and roller skates.

Everyone loves Pee-Wee Herman!
9. Pee-Wee Herman

This costume requires a red cruiser bicycle, but if you have that then you are nearly done! Find yourself a grey suit and red bow tie and try out your Pee-Wee-est laugh! Join up with your friends before the party to establish a "secret word." Every time the secret word is spoken - you and your friends start screaming! 

10. Fred Armisen from Portlandia

A quick trip to the local thrift store will probably get you more hipster clothes than you even know what to do with. Roll up your pant leg, throw on a fake goatee and cycling cap, and you're 90% of the way there. The weirder, the better.

11. Skeleton in a basket

This costume speaks for itself. Make it yours by adding a mask or clothes to the skeleton. Put fake blood on it and on your bike in your best attempt to be creepier than this picture. Good Luck!

12. Wrecked Cyclist

This is the end-all beat-all of lazy, last minute costumes. When you get home from riding your bike on the day of Halloween, simply find your old tubes, ripped cycling clothes and broken helmet to accomplish the wrecked cyclist look.

Fake blood, crutches, and bicycle optional. 

We hope that you have enjoyed our list of possible Halloween costumes!

Here are some safety tips to make sure your night is everything it can be!

1. Don't wear your cape, tail, or anything else draping over your legs or back when riding your bike. It can get caught in the gears, pedals, or tires and cause a nasty accident. If you have to keep your costume on, use safety pins to make sure it's not dangerous.

2. If you will be riding your bicycle at night, use front and rear lights AND your helmet. There are amazing statistics about alcohol consumption, Halloween night and fatal car accidents. Make sure you are protected and aware.

Circle City Bicycles and Fitness
5506 Madison Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 786-9244

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