It’s that time of year again… time to create the most epic bicycle-inspired Halloween costume known to man! Here at the Schwinn Headquarters, we had some fun recreating a few legendary bicycle scenes from major movies and TV shows. In the process we found that with a little creativity and help from our local St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, you can rock the best bicycle costume of all time for under $20.
Wicked Witch of the West
There’s no place like home! Perhaps no scene is quite iconic as the Wicked Witch of the West riding her bike in the tornado as Dorothy is blown away to Oz. For this costume we found a vintage hat and dress that screamed Wizard of Oz. The total cost for this look was $9.50. “Oh what a world!”
The Goonies are synonymous with latchkey kids and 80’s childhood nostalgia. For the recreation of Mikey, Data, Chunk, and Mouth, we didn’t have to dig to deep to find the perfect throwback items. In fact, every member of the pack besides Chunk only required a jacket, many of which were already in members of the Schwinn Team’s closets. For Chunk we found a lovely Hawaiian-patterned button up to pair with the loudest pants we could find. Total cost for all four looks: $29.
Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach
It’s a me, Mario! Mario Kart lends itself nicely to the perfect bicycle-meets-Nintendo classic Halloween costume for all the bicycle enthusiasts out there. To pull off the perfect Mario and Luigi, all you need is a nicely-paired red or green t-shirt and baseball cap. While overalls would take us over our goal of under $20 per costume, suspenders can be easily added to any pair of pants you already own. Princess Peach’s pink taffeta gown was reclaimed from proms gone-by and paired with a child’s tiara for the perfect princess charm! Total cost for all three looks: $36.
ET and Elliot
Oh ET, the classic tale of adventure, youth, learning, and little aliens with glowing fingers. This look was actually very simple to pull off. All we needed was a red sweatshirt, a sheet, and a little alien looking creature, which we were lucky enough to have from our collaboration with the movie Earth to Echo in 2014. It only cost $15 for this look to phone home.
Who could forget when Napoleon took Pedro’s bike off that “sweet jump”? While Napoleon’s wig can be hard to come by, if you are rocking some already fancy hair, it doesn’t take a lot to get to Napoleon-level. In order to pull off our 2017 version of Napoleon Dynamite, we found some high-prescription glasses and a gem of a t-shirt featuring the nature of Seattle, Washington. Entering a Halloween costume contest? It shouldn’t be too hard to get people to vote for you. You just might have to go by Pedro for the entire night. Total cost for this look: $5.50.
What greater adventure is there, what greater love, than the story of Pee-Wee and his quest to find who stole his bicycle. For this look we found a suit straight out of 1985 and paired it with Pee-Wee’s iconic red bow tie. Total cost, after locating this suit in an employee’s closet: $3.50 for the bow tie.
Eleven of Stranger Things
Quick PSA: Have you heard that Stranger Things 2 begins this Friday, October 27th? For this look we started off eating a box of Eggo Waffles. It should take you approximately five minutes. Then we moved on to find a pretty pink dress, some high-legged crew socks and a blonde wig. The jacket and collar shirt were easy to source from already-owned apparel, bringing the total to pull off Eleven’s look to $18.50 and a little bit of attitude.
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With special thanks to the Schwinn Team who shot, modeled, and edited this post.