13 Creative Horse Rider Costumes for Equestrian Enthusiasts

Are you tired of dressing as a cowboy and want a creative horse rider costume to cause a stir at your Halloween party?

Then it’s your lucky day because I’ve selected one of the best 13 costume ideas for riders (and horses)!

Just keep reading. 

Key Takeaways

  • You can find many funny horse costumes online, perfect for an unforgettable Halloween party. 
  • Your horse should be used to your costume before you attempt to get on its back. 
  • Horse riders should be careful with animal costumes that can tangle in the horse’s legs. 

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13 Top Halloween Costumes for Riders and Horse Owners

Before you jump into these 13 creative horse costumes for riders, let me give you some advice to ensure your safety, starting with your footwear.

Wearing the best shoes for horseback riding can significantly affect how you control and communicate with your horse, even when in costume.

It’s easy to spook a timid horse when you appear in an unfamiliar outfit, especially one that covers your entire body. And loud noises can frighten even the gentlest breed during the holidays.

So, get your animal used to your costume before you venture outside, and avoid the loudest crowds to keep your horse as calm as possible.

And now, the fun part begins! Let’s see my top 11 horse rider costume ideas!

#1 Headless Horseman

The blood-chilling story of Ichabod Crane is a Halloween classic, so you can’t miss the chance to try this fabulous Headless Horseman outfit, especially if you have a black horse. 

But what’s going to steal the spotlight is your horse costume. You need a bit of white body paint to turn your loyal stallion into a scary skeleton. No need to shop for skeleton horse costumes! 

#2 Grim Reaper

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If you’re obsessed with horror stories, this Grim Reaper costume with skeleton hands is an excellent way to frighten your friends and neighbors.

And it will be an unforgettable sight when you arrive at the party on your stallion! Just like in this video.

But the best part?

You don’t need a unique costume for a horse – add black ribbons to the bridle, mane, and tail! It’s a great idea for horses that don’t tolerate complicated costume elements. 

#3 Medieval Knight

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As a horse owner, the knight is one of my favorite outfits. Let your imagination run wild with this theme – you can be a royal knight, medieval fantasy knight, crusader, dragon slayer, etc. 

Moreover, it’s easy to find body armor for horses online, so your transformation into a chivalry warrior can be complete. And even if you don’t win a costume event, I can guarantee you’ll have lots of fun. 

However, as specialists from Equimed say,

“Don’t let any part of the costume droop, drag or unwind so it could be stepped on or entangled between your horse’s legs.” (1)

#4 Dinosaur

If you’re looking for a cool costume, you should dress as the terrifying T-Rex from Jurassic Park.

You’d be the talk of the party when you arrive on your horse and will have plenty of funny photos to share on your social media.

And your horse can join you in the fun with a dinosaur tail.

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But make sure your horse is used to the outfit, or they will run away; just like at the end of this video. 

 #5 Be a Wizard! 

Harry Potter is still one of the most popular franchises about witches and wizards, so why not dress as your favorite hero from the books?

You can find plenty of Harry Potter costumes online or make one by yourself. Just check this video.

As for your magical horse costume, your brave stallion can turn into a unicorn with this stunning unicorn horn and a bit of body paint. 

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#6 Brutal Warrior

If you’re not interested in being a mounted knight, you can dress as a Viking, an Eastern warrior, and a Barbarian.

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Or try this awesome Templar outfit if you want to be a chivalry warrior.

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I also like warrior costumes because you can participate in many medieval re-enactment events, and bringing fantasy or historical events to life is fun. Just be careful where you’re swinging your sword! 

#7 Jack-o’lanterns

Jack-o-lanterns are another Halloween classic, so why not dress as a pair of jack-o’lanterns? I like this hooded lantern zipster because it’s cute, cozy, and easy to wear. 

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And you just need a bit of creative thinking to make a jack-o’lantern costume for your horse from an old orange blanket! 

#8 Minions

You and your horse will make an adorable pair in matching minion costumes. No one can resist these cute little creatures, so you’ll make quite the impression. 

You can make a simple minion cape from any yellow fabric at home for your equine. Or paint your horse yellow and blue. And you can consider this cute minion outfit for yourself. 

#9 Pair of Horses

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Dressing as a horse is another creative idea for Halloween that’s bound to make you stand among the crowd. 

You can go for a full-body horse costume or make a simple horse mask using this Etsy template. Just ensure your horse is familiar with your outfit to avoid spooking them. 

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#10 Little Bo Peep and Her Sheep 

This cute Little Bo Peep costume is ideal for any lady rider. It comes in sizes from x-small to x-large and has an adorable staff to complete your transformation. 

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And your awesome horse will make a pretty little sheep with these faux fur leggings. Or you can just decorate the bridle and saddle with faux white fur. 

#11 Cruella De Vil and Her Dalmation 

If you have a white horse, I’ve got an awesome horse costume idea. Dress in this cute Cruella De Vil costume and paint spots on your horse’s body to turn it into the cutest Dalmatian! 

#12 Darth Vader and his Stormtrooper

Star Wars fans will love this unique Darth Vader costume, perfect for transforming into your favorite dark Sith lord. And your horse can be a stormtrooper!

You can make a clever costume for your companion by painting your horse’s head in the traditional stormtrooper’s colors.

#13 Witch Mask

Witches are a popular outfit for Halloween. But if you want a creative horse rider costume, why not dress as Baba Yaga in this scary mask?

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And your horse can be a cute witch hut with these chicken feet

FAQs

1. What can I dress my horse up as?

You can dress your horse as a skeleton, pumpkin, pirate, destrier, zombie, etc. And you don’t have to spend a fortune because you can make simple costumes for horses at home.  

2. How do you dress up as Ghost Rider? 

Dress in a black shirt, a black leather jacket, black boots, black leather gloves, and black pants to turn into a Ghost Rider. You can paint your horse with washable body paint. 

3. How to make a costume for a horse?

The easiest way to make a costume for horses is to use washable body paint. Your horse can become a zebra, giraffe, skeleton, etc. 

Conclusion

You can have an unforgettable Halloween party with any of these 13 creative horse rider costumes. Or you can make a DIY horse costume to show your craft skills and impress your loved ones.  

But whether you’re a brutal warrior, a mouthed knight, or a scary witch, you should ensure your horse is comfortable with the outfit and won’t get hurt or suffer from an allergic reaction.

What do you think about these 13 creative horse rider costumes? Which one is your favorite? Share your best Halloween photos with us in the comment section. 

Resources:

1. https://equimed.com/news/general/tips-for-a-safe-and-sane-halloween-for-your-horse

Grigorina S
Grigorina S

Grigorina grew up surrounded by animals – dogs, cats, cows, goats, sheep, and horses and that has shaped her into what I am today – a crazy cat lady who always has a place for one more cat (or a dog). She has two female cats – Kitty and Roni, and two tomcats – Blacky and Shaggy, but she also feeds her neighbors’ cats when they come for a visit. I just can’t say no to them. Follow her on FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM
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