Still scrambling for an idea for your Halloween costume? Why not incorporate your bike and ride around town in the spirit of the day? Here are five ideas sure to make people smile as you cycle past them.
Who could forget this iconic image from Steven Spielberg’s classic film? Wear a red hoodie and attach a blanket-wrapped stuffed toy to the front of your bike to recreate the Elliot and E.T. escape scene.
2. Napoleon Dynamite
In the 2004 comedy, Napoleon Dynamite’s primary mode of transportation is his bicycle. Once you’ve recreated his hair and glasses, make yourself even more recognizable by wearing the character’s famous “Vote for Pedro” t-shirt.
3. Anne of Green Gables
As a slightly more refined – and Canadian - choice, dress as Anne of Green Gables from the second of the series of films inspired by Lucy M. Montgomery’s classic novels.
4. Wizards on Brooms
A group of LA cyclists had a lot of fun dressing up as characters from Harry Potter and turning their bikes into brooms for the occasion. With enough friends you might even be able to play a quick game of Quidditch!
5. Turn your bike into a noble steed
For an annual Halloween race in Wisconsin, one rider turned her bike into a horse. But why stop there? With a little construction skill you could transform your bike into an elephant, a shark or a dinosaur and amaze passersby.
The sky’s the limit for costume ideas once you start to think outside the box. You can even get your entire team involved in the fun and ride in costume during the 2013 MS Bike Tour – registration opens in November! Just remember to design your costume so that the motion of you or your bike is not disrupted, and your vision is clear.
Whether you’re incorporating your bike or not, let us know what you’re dressing as for Halloween in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter. And if you do ride your bike in costume, send us a photo and we might share it with your fellow riders.