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Halloween Horse Costume Ideas
 By Winniefield Park   •   13th Oct 2013   •   6,407 views   •   0 comments


Fall has definitely arrived, with trees clothed in glorious color, the sound of geese honking overhead and soon the smell of scorched pumpkins. Halloween is a great excuse to get dressed up in a costume, although parades and costume classes at horse shows provide another fun reason to get creative. Here are some ideas to get your imagination sparked.

When it comes to horses, nothing could be more classic than historical costumes. 'Ladies' can ride aside or astride in flowing dresses and fitted jackets, while 'gentlemen' can dress in waistcoats and tall boots. Forgo the traditional top hat that ladies wore and wrap a gauzy flowing scarf around your helmet. And don't try to ride sidesaddle on a regular saddle. If you don't have a velvet covered helmet, covers can be bought inexpensively. There are also free patterns online for helmet covers.

Of course, if it's Halloween, you'll want a scary costume and one of the easiest to do is a headless horseman. Pad up the shoulders of a large dress jacket so the shoulders come up past the top of your head. Part the front so you can see out, and drape a cape around the whole thing. Carrying a pumpkin is a nice touch.

Or, don a sun hat or pith helmet, a vest with lots of pockets and khaki pants. Take stock marker or non-toxic paints to your horse and draw stripes for a zebra. White on black looks most realistic, but there's no reason why a rare new variety of zebra couldn't be found—say buckskin with green stripes or black with pink stripes. Be aware with stock marker that it doesn't wash right off. We did this with my daughter’s white pony once and for a few weeks got strange looks from hikers when we were out hacking.

I often regret I don't still own an Arabian for the simple reason I'd love to make an Arabian costume. Go through thrift shops to find fabrics and clothes you can refashion into pantaloons and capes. When you go, don't think clothing—think textiles. An old set of drapes or duvet cover may be perfect for upcycling into a costume. Dollar stores can be a great source of trims. Look at table cloths, runners, drapery tiebacks and party decor as sources for decorations.

If you don't want to ride there are still costumes that are easy and clever. Dress as one of those annoying little jockey statues people put alongside their driveway. Get a big ring and tie your horse's reins to it. Walk to the center of the show ring, stand on a small wooden pedestal, and strike a one-hand-on-hip pose so your horse looks like he's tied up there. Your horse may be a bit confused as to why everyone but him is going around the outside, looking strangely dressed, but he probably won't mind after a few minutes.

Some other ideas are:

1. Wrap your horse's legs with fun fur to turn it into a poodle. Dress yourself as a clown, bobby soxer or circus ringmaster.

2. Lady Godiva. No sewing required. Forgo haircuts for awhile.

3. Dress your horse as a groom and put on an old wedding dress.

4. Dress as a clown and dab colorful confetti spots on your horse with non-toxic bingo dabber or paint.

5. Draw a map of the world as it would appear on a globe on your horse's belly, carry a pointer and dress like a mad professor.

6. Cover your horse's cooler in large white or black pompoms and dress as Little Bo Peep.

Just remember to try your costume out before going in public and always find a way to incorporate your helmet. Try the horse's costume on it too, to be sure it gets used to any flapping or dangling parts.

What's your favorite idea for a horse costume?
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