Halloween is the perfect time to tap into your child’s imagination and help their ideas come to life. They may have had their costume picked out since January, or your child may have made a particular request.
If your child is wanting a costume that goes with their bike, here are 9 bicycle Halloween costumes your child will love:
#1 Astronaut and Rocket
For kids who love to explore the unknown, stargaze past curfew, or mask their ceilings in glow-stars, this Halloween costume might be a winner.
Help your kid get involved in the process by allowing them to design their dream rocket! They can sketch it onto a piece of paper, or go straight to the full-size cardboard. Either way is fine, just be sure that you measure out the cardboard according to your child’s bike first. You want to plan for the nose of the rocket to be by the handlebars, and the back fin underneath the seat.
Once the rocket has been drawn and cut out, painted decorated with whatever your vision entails, you can attach it to the bike. You can also add a few details to really make this costume stand out:
- Glow-in-the-dark paint – Outline your rocket with glow in the dark paint so your child’s costume can be seen from outer space—or at least the end of the block.
- Colorful bike lights – If your trick-or-treater will be out past sunset you can decorate with colorful bike lights. Your child will illuminate and the rocket will look even more out of this world.
- Sound effects – Does your child’s bike have a basket? Tuck a Bluetooth speaker into the basket and play rocket sounds on your phone as you trick or treat with them.
Align the nose of the rocket right underneath the handlebars. Punch two holes into each side of the nose, then secure it to the handlebar by threading a string through the holes, and tying it around the head tube.
Repeat this step with the back fin around the seat post. Your child’s leg will be over the rocket to reach the pedals. Take it for a test ride to ensure the pedals don’t hit the cardboard.
#2 ET and Elliot
If an astronaut costume is not otherworldly enough for your adventurer, paying homage to ET may be the bicycle costume for them. This costume comes together pretty quickly; you just need a few basic components:
- The costume – For the outfit, your kid will only need a red hoodie.
- The iconic basket – You can easily attach a basket or crate to the front of the handlebars using zip ties. Just be sure not to tie down the brake cables.
- ET – For ET, you can either buy a plush ET doll or pin a print-out of his face onto a pillow and swaddle it with a towel. Just make sure there’s plenty of room in the basket for all of the bonus candy your child will be scoring with this awesome costume.
In the year of the Barbie movie, this classic costume might be the most popular one this Halloween.
Your child’s bike can take them from the real world to Barbie Land with the addition of pink streamers and a pink basket; bonus points if the bike itself is pink too. All your Barbie has to wear is their favorite pink outfit. Make sure you say, “Hi, Barbie!” to every one you pass.
#4 Witch or Wizard on a Broomstick
For kids, riding a bike can sometimes feel like flying. In just a few easy steps, you can transform your little cyclist into a burgeoning witch or wizard. Here’s how:
- Grab a broom, the spookier, the better. You can even make your own broom by collecting a good amount of twigs and zip-tying them to a large, straight branch.
- Zip tie the handle of the broom (non-sweeping side) to the handlebar post of the bike, secure the middle of the broom onto the middle post, and finally, the sweeping end onto the seat post.
- Glue or tape a witch or wizard hat to your child’s bike helmet and get ready for an enchanting evening!
#5 Mario Kart Characters
Do you have a child obsessed with the Super Mario Bros movie? Set them up for a fun ride, and even a race, as their favorite Mario Kart character. You can team up with other parents and go out on a group ride with the kids all riding as different characters.
Added bonus: Tie a different colored helium balloon to each bike to see who is winning the race!
#6 Formula 1 Race Car Driver
For the fastest child in your house, let their bike serve as a personal race car.
Print out your child’s favorite team logo and attach it to the front of their helmet. Add lights to the front and back of their bike to mimic car lights, and choose a racing suit to match. Gather friends and family to create your own teams and see who can collect the most candy.
For the creative child that wants a more unique costume, look no further. Follow the steps to turn your bike into a campfire:
1. Cut out two pieces of brown paper in the shape of logs. Add shadows to give the log effect and attach to the front of the bike.
2. Cut out a giant flame shape from a piece of red, orange, or yellow paper. Color with the trio of colors to give the illusion of fire and tape it to your logs. Make sure this piece doesn’t block your child from seeing in front of them.
3. Take white paper and cut out a giant square. Then trace a hole big enough for your child’s head to fit through and cut that out. Shade the top part of the paper to look like a toasted marshmallow. Attach it to their helmet.
4. Cut out and add narrow pieces of brown paper to the top and bottom of the marshmallow at a diagonal to look like a stick.
You can turn this into a family costume by dressing up as other elements of a campsite. Some can be campers, someone can be a tent, someone can be a bear, etc. Have fun with it together!
#8 Tour de France Winner
This costume helps your child embrace the bike as an essential part of their Halloween look. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A child-sized cycling jersey
- Matching child-sized cycling gloves
- A helmet of a similar color
- A faux gold medal
Turn this into a family costume by choosing one color scheme—you can all be on the same Tour de France team.
#9 A Cowboy or Cowgirl
If your family loves watching a classic Western, your child might already have a cowboy hat in their closet. Add some cowboy boots, jeans, and a kerchief - and the look is ready to go! Although what does every cowboy or cowgirl need? A horse, of course!
Here’s what you’ll need to turn your child’s bike into their mighty steed:
- A hobby horse
- A saw
- A marker
- Duct tape
Here’s how to craft it:
- Lay the hobby horse between the handlebars. Push it out so the head is just over the wheels. Make a mark on the hobby horse’s pole right where it hangs midway over the frame.
- Saw off the end of the hobby horse pole where you marked.
- Use duct tape to affix the hobby horse to the bike frame and the center of the handlebars.
Once you have a horse-bike, there are tons of costumes your child can wear, including:
- Merida from the Disney film Brave
- Mulan from the Disney film Mulan
- A white knight and his steed
- A jockey
The possibilities are practically endless!
Halloween Bike Costume Ideas for Your Child
For children who love their bikes as much as they love trick-or-treating, these costumes can make this Halloween the most memorable of them all.
The scary parts of Halloween might be the goblins, ghosts, and ghouls for kids. However, for parents, some fears aren’t always the things that go “BOO!”
Parents worry about their child’s safety—especially when it comes to children’s bikes. That’s why this Halloween (and every other day of the year) you can trust Guardian Bikes to always look out for your child’s safety.