Uber Is Giving Its Cars a Halloween Makeover — Costumes and All
Uber is dressing up its rides for Halloween, sending out "costumed" cars from favorite movies to surprise riders in cities across the United States, the company shared with Travel + Leisure.
Riders in Miami will have the chance to be surprised by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Party Wagon when they order an Uber X, according to the company, while riders in Los Angeles may be picked up in SpongeBob SquarePants' Patty Wagon convertible. And those who order a car in Atlanta may just get the chance to ride around in Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine.
The costumed cars are available from 6 p.m. to midnight from Oct. 29 to 31.
"Halloween is always one of the busiest nights of the year at Uber," Niraj Patel, the director of rider operations at Uber, told T+L. "That's why we're so excited to get into the spooky spirit and offer riders a magical exclusive experience that lets them enjoy some of their favorite famous cars — from SpongeBob SquarePants' Patty Wagon to Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Party Wagon."
Each special car fits three people (the same as a typical Uber X) and won't cost any more than normal Uber X pricing, according to the company.
In addition to the Halloween rides, lucky passengers who find themselves in one of the spooky cars will also win a themed face mask. Uber requires all riders and drivers to wear a face mask when in the car, regardless of their vaccination status.
Halloween also tends to be one of the most forgetful days for Uber when it comes to passengers leaving items behind, according to the company. In 2021, riders have left behind everything from Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, and their vaccination cards, to phones, wallets, and even a large painting of Kate Middleton.
Uber customers won't be able to book a themed ride, but the company has rolled out other booking options in recent months, including the ability to request a favorite driver and reserve a car in advance for an airport pickup.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.