Halloween Costumes for City Planners
Halloween and city planning are two subjects that seem to go together. Sure walkable urbanism is a great boon for trick-or-treating, but few people get excited about dressing up as Harland Bartholomew on October 31st. Nevertheless, there are a few creative souls who manage to bring a bit of urban planning whimsy to All Hallow’s Eve. Here are a few ideas and photographs submitted to Planetizen in previous years.
Here at PlaceSpeak, we’re particularly fond of this idea:
- Charrette: This costume requires two things: white clothing and lots of markers. Ask your fellow community members to write down their advice and suggestions.
- Bike Lane: Here’s an easy one. Just get some black clothes and some white tape. Make two strong lines from each foot to each shoulder and tape out a simple bike on your torso in between. Fashionable and bikeable.
- Walkable Neighborhood: Simply paint a bunch of footprints all over your clothes to show how easy it is to get around you on foot. Walkscore of you: 100!
- Urban Growth Boundary: This is a good one for making friends. Get yourself a hula hoop and see how many people can fit inside. How many people can your region support?
- Transit Oriented Development: This is the ideal costume if you’re going out with a group. One person dresses up like a bus and everyone else goes as buildings. Just remember to stay close to each other. But if you do get separated, you can still be transit adjacent development.
- Roundabout: Cut out a large cardboard circle to go around your middle. Adhere fake (or real, depending on availability and your own ambition) flowers and plants to your torso and head. I guarantee you SOMEBODY who gets and appreciates the costume (most likely a fellow planner-nerd) will have fun running circles around you at some point.
Have you seen any great city planning inspired costumes? Have these examples inspired some ideas of your own? Let us know in the comments!