The spirits are stirring, the days are getting shorter, and shadows are stretching across the land – which means it’s high time to get started on your DIY costume for Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest! To encourage you to ditch the cheesy costume shops and big box stores we’re giving away an amazing Vanmoof B6 bicycle (worth $848) with built-in lights to the creator of the best handmade costume. Halloween is just a few weeks away and our deadline is November 1st, so now’s the time to get cracking – and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of our favorite costumes from past years in the gallery below.

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Cycling is hands-down the greenest way to get around, but the days getting shorter – and once the time change hits on November 2nd, streets across the States will be plunged into darkness by the end of the working day. Fortunately, Vanmoof just launched the ultimate commuter cycle for the dark months ahead!

The brand new B6 features a cleanly sculpted aluminum frame with powerful built-in Philips Lumiring lights. The front light puts out 40 lux – comparable to most motor vehicles – and both lights are powered by a built-in dynamo in the front wheel instead of costly disposable batteries. Best of all, the system is built into the bike’s frame – so you’ll never have to worry about cycling in the dark or your lights getting stolen. The Vanmoof B6 features a 3-speed drivetrain perfect for rides around town, a chain guard and built-in fenders that protect your clothes from dirt and grime, and front and rear disc brakes that allow you to stop on a dime.

HOW TO ENTER:

For a chance to win this great bike, enter your handmade costume in our Green Halloween Costume Contest! We’re looking for the funniest, cleverest, and most creative costumes that showcase recycled materials and DIY ingenuity. Check out our contest page here to enter today!

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The Simpsons… er… The Jensens costume by Aubrey Jensen

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Pink Flamingo Halloween costume by Josh Sundquist

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Muppet Selves Halloween costume by Rob Wall

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Tetris Halloween costume by Carina Mead

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Han Solo frozen in carbonite Halloween costume by Rob Miller

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Boston terrier Chia Pet costume by David Kittle