Creativity runs rampant for costume classes at equestrian fun shows, as well as barn Halloween parties. Frequently, the most memorable get-ups actually pair horse and human in complementary or matching outfits for these autumn holiday events.
Ideally, the Halloween horse costume will fit with the outfit sported by the human handler or equestrian. The horse might be costumed as a sidekick (no pun intended), a corresponding character, or even simply to complement the rider in costume.
This endeavor can be challenging, but it also offers a fun creative outlet for horse lovers, as they demonstrate their horse-and-human partnership in an altogether different way than usual.
7 fun and easy horse and rider costume ideas
Consider these imaginative, but basically simple, costuming concepts for the horse and human to share for a Halloween party masquerade contest or a fun show costume class.
1. Top of the batting order
A dark-colored horse in a bat costume might be accompanied by a rider dressed as Batman or Catwoman. Bat wings can be cut from black felt and glued or stitched onto a black saddle pad for a simple Halloween horse costume to accompany the rider or handler’s own outfit.
2. Horsey henchman
If the horseback rider or horse handler dresses as one of Batman’s arch enemies, the Riddler, the horse might sport bright question marks on his rump, neck and flanks as his Halloween horse costume. A simple stencil and a can of horse glitter (available at tack stores, in equine catalogs, and from horsey websites) does the trick. The Joker’s horse, could have a joker playing card stenciled instead.
3. Ethereal equine and equestrian
A white or light grey horse, costumed as an angel, might be led or ridden by another angel, or even the opposite sort of figure. White felt wings can be glued or stitched onto a white saddle pad. Chenille pipe-cleaners are super for forming a halo, which can be attached to the horse’s bridle or halter to complete the angelic Halloween horse costume. A similar costume might fit Pegasus and Poseidon, Medusa, or another mythological human companion.
4. Merry pair
Santa or a Christmas elf might lead a reindeer horse, wearing a stretchy antler headband (available at tack stores, in equine catalogs and from horsey websites). Christmas may come a little early to the barn, in the form of this Halloween horse costume, but it’s sure to bring smiles.
5. Comical couple
A horse-loving human dressed as a clown or court jester might put a colorful stretchy mane-tamer mask, hood or neck wrap on the horse as a Halloween horse costume. These equine garments come in nearly unlimited colors and patterns (available at tack stores, in equine catalogs and from horsey websites). Bright multicolored polo wraps might complete the offbeat look.
6. Childhood favorites
A young rider might dress up as Christopher Robin (from Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne). Tying a simple bow at the top of a grey pony’s tail creates a simple, but adorable, Eeyore as a Halloween horse costume.
7. Ahoy, me mateys!
An equestrian pirate might stencil a white skull-and-crossbones design, or even a compass, on the rump of a black, bay or dark brown horse for a Halloween horse costume. Red polo wraps and a red or checkered saddle pad complete the buccaneer look.