5 Bicycle Themed Halloween Costumes

We’re halfway through October. At the end of the month we celebrate Halloween by adorning ourselves in odd outfits and parading the streets. If you live in Portland or another place with a high concentration of people who never get off their bicycles, you’ll probably have your own special bicycle themed parade called a costumed ride or haunted-mass.. While you could ride as Tracy Morgan wearing a cellphone or in  banana costume, here are some ideas for bicycle themed costumes you could put together with a quick trip to the thrift store and wear on and off the bike.

For the 80’s Generation: Paperboy

Signed. Sealed. And Delivered.

Avoiding all obstacles to deliver critical information to society.

What you’ll need:

  • Jean jacket and jeans
  • Yellow hat worn backwards
  • Several rolled up newspapers either in a basket or satchel
  • Optional: attach one of the obstacles (tornado, giant cat, grim reaper) as if you’ve just been attacked

Classic: Elliot from E.T.

Don't phone home, ride home.

Elliot and E.T. flying in front of the moon is a classic shot which makes this costume instantly recognizable.

What you’ll need:

  • Red zip up sweatshirt and jeans
  • Basket either on a bicyle (or just attached to handle bars)
  • E.T. to put in the basket

Music fans: David Bryne of the Talking Heads

David Bryne

The man enjoys his folding bicycle and giant suits.

What you’ll need:

  • Oversized suit and some inserts to make a mega shoulder pad
  • Button up shirt with all the buttons buttoned. No tie.
  • Optional prop: a folding bike or guitar.

For the film buff: Dave Stoller from Breaking Away

Classic movie, classic costume. It will take a special person to recognize this costume, but you’ll know you want to be friends with them.

What you’ll need:

  • Tight white shirt that says Cutters in black letters or an old school jersey
  • Yellow cycling hat
  • Bicycle shorts
  • Brush up on some random Italian phrases and throw them into conversation here an there
  • Classic sneakers

Topical: Contador doping (via Heath Gordon)


I won. For now.

We thought chain-gate was a story during the Tour. Now we have tainted-meat-gate. No matter what, you can’t admit anything.

What you’ll need:


  • Team Astana jersey or yellow jersey
  • Rubber strap tied around your arm
  • Fake needle (think gray coffee stirrer) with a cloth band-aid taped to you arm
  • Bicycle helmet

A few more: Pee Wee Herman, Hipster who loves making youtube vids of dope fixie tricks.

Leave any others you can think of in the comments.


One response to “5 Bicycle Themed Halloween Costumes

  1. What a cool blog! great job!

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