Halloween Costume Ideas Seen at the Tour de Fat

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat was started to promote cycling. While I loved the wide variety of bikes and the ways people decorated them, the real fun was in seeing everyone, young and old, playing dress up. It was the perfect place to be to get ideas for what to wear this Halloween. Here is a tiny sample of the amazing costumes at the parade.

Superheroes came in all sizes, big and small.

Superheroes were everywhere. Here is just one of the Incredibles.
One of the Incredibles.
You don't have to be big to be super. An amazing ironman, with batman right behind him.
Ironman and Batman (mini versions)

Other movie heroes, from Braveheart to Austin Powers, were there, too.

Braveheart, lighting a fire under the crowd.
Braveheart, lighting a fire under the crowd.
Austin Powers, Man of Mystery
Austin Powers, Man of Mystery

Costumes I thought of as “generic traditional” were everywhere. I saw construction crews, fairies, nuns, clowns, hippies, and, of course, pirates.

Jack Sparrow, in Crocs

The costumes most in tune with the darker side of Halloween were Day of the Dead skeletons in big sombreros.

More in tune with the dark side of Halloween were the Day of the Dead skeletons.
Day of the Dead skeleton

Group costumes ranged from couples to armies of people. My favorite was the characters from Despicable Me 2.

My favorite group costume: Gru and Lucy with minions.
Gru and Lucy with minions.

Children’s books were also a source of ideas. I saw George’s friend The Man in the Yellow Hat, the Cat in the Hat, and of course, Thing 1 and Thing 2 (which I thought was a great idea for a couple).

A cute couple's idea for Dr. Seuss fans: Thing 1 and Thing 2.
For Dr. Seuss fans: Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Everyone has seen renditions of the characters from the Wizard of Oz, but this was the first time I ever saw one of the living trees.

The Wizard of Oz has inspired many group costumes, but I never saw anyone dress up as a tree. (
I’d turn back if I were you!

If you need something fast and easy, consider getting some purple balloons and being a bunch of grapes. Or get yourself a mask and you can be anyone, even Elmo from the Muppets.

One of the simpler costumes seen: a bunch of grapes.
A bunch of grapes.
Elmo from the Muppets.
Elmo from the Muppets.

A few more props and you can be Elvis, Jesus, or Groucho Marx.

Groucho Marx.
Groucho Marx.

For those interested in putting in a little more effort, there were elaborate options on display, like this Tiki totem outfit.

A Tiki totem pole
A Tiki totem pole

Feeling even more ambitious? How about going as the Hindu goddess Durga, riding her tiger?

Durga on her tiger (and carrying her camera; she knew it was going to be a photo-op kind of day).

If you’re up for a costume that includes a bike, but want to do something simpler, you can always put ET in your basket.

I thought this ET costume was particularly clever for a bicycle parade.
I thought this E.T. costume was particularly clever for a bicycle parade.

You can tell it’s not a Halloween parade. Except for some skeletons and one Mad Max gang, there weren’t many scary costumes to be seen. If you’re in the market for costume ideas that aren’t monsters and witches, the Tour de Fat is the place to be.

Halloween is almost here. Who will you be this year?


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

6 thoughts on “Halloween Costume Ideas Seen at the Tour de Fat”

    1. As we watched, we came up with rules we would follow if we were dressing for the parade. Mostly with the heat and the need to pedal in mind.


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