Halloween costume for cyclists

A few years ago at an office Halloween bash I themed my costume to fit the lifestyle that most people connected with me, that of a year-round bike commuter.

It’s a simple, but effective, costume that doesn’t take much effort or cost to put together.

You’ll need:

  • An old t-shirt, preferably a plain white one
  • Cycling shorts or capri’s
  • Cycling shoes or runners
  • An old pair of cycling gloves
  • An old bike helmet (optional)
  • Black paint
  • A car or truck tire
  • Fake blood and other face makeup

The main part of this costume is the t-shirt. Begin by dirtying up the shirt. Throw it on the ground and give it a good mushing around with your feet. Once it’s good and grubby, give it a few slashes with a pair of scissors. You don’t want to shred the shirt, but do want a few rips and tears. Dab a few splotches of fake blood around these rips. Now it’s time to create the “I got run over” effect.

Lay the t-shirt flat on the sidewalk or other solid surface.  Take the spare tire and lightly spray or brush it with the black paint. You might want to make a couple of practice prints onto a piece of newspaper to make sure you’ve got the appropriate coverage. When you’re satisfied with the test prints, roll the painted part of the tire over the t-shirt. You can make a couple of passes, but make sure you create tire marks on the front and back of the t-shirt.

The rest of the costume is mostly makeup.  Give your knees and elbows a good dab of fake blood. You can also bloody up your knuckles, chin, cheeks, etc.  Give yourself a couple of black eyes (using makeup), and black out a couple of teeth using black makeup paint or tooth wax (available from most costume shops.

If you’re known at your workplace as someone who cycles to work regularly, showing up looking like you’ve just been run over elicits a great range of responses, especially from people who, at first glance, don’t necessarily realize you’re in costume. (And yes, I won first prize in the costume contest.)

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