October’s theme for the end-of-the-month Baltimore Bike Party? No brainer: Full-on traveling Halloween costume party. On decorated bicycles, at that.
The starting point for the Oct. 26 event returns this month to the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, with the mini-tour of Charm City expected to cover about a dozen miles.
Historically, organizers note on the Bike Party’s Halloween Brew Ha-Ha Facebook page, October drew the largest crowds on the old Critical Mass bicycle rides. Starting just this May with 60 bicyclists, Baltimore Bike Party organizers say they never imagined that the last-Friday-of-every-month rides would be attracting 700 bicyclists by August and September.
The hope is that the Halloween theme, combined with growing Bike Party enthusiasm, might attract 1,000 bicyclists this month. The ride leaves Mount Vernon at 7:30 p.m. and wraps up again at Union Craft Brewery in Hampden. The after-party, including DJ, dancing, costume contest and photos is free, but it’s $10 for all-you-can-drink beer. Food trucks will be on hand as well.
Baltimore Bike Party organizers are also seeking additional volunteer help this month, looking for people to assist with facilitating the ride as well as judging the costume contest. Anyone interested is asked to email: email@example.com