How to Create a Cowboy Costume

How to Create a Cowboy Costume. You can be a rough-ridin' cowpoke, a slick Old West cardsharp, or a Hollywood-style cowboy, but remember: A ten-gallon hat is a cowboy's best friend. Follow these few easy steps to help you achieve the cowboy look ideal for Halloween or a costume party.

Things You'll Need

  • Bandannas
  • Cowboy Boots
  • Cowboy Hats
  • Country-western Shirts
  • Bob Wills CD
  • Country Western Dance Videos
  • Cowboy Costume

Tips & Warnings

  • Garage sales, tag and jumble sales, and thrift shops are indispensable for costumes. Also, fabric and craft stores, toy stores and costume shops are great for reasonably priced props.
  • Tack and feed shops have the real McCoy if dressing cowboy - or cowgirl - is addicting.
  • Cowgirls can wear exactly the same gear or any kind of full skirts or full-skirted dresses. Long, thin skirts are purdy too. Try petticoats or old-timey square dancing clothes as well.
  • Too busy minding the ranch to pull all those costume items together? See the Things You'll Need list for ready-made options.
  • Get used to walking in boots if you're a greenhorn on a long trick-or-treat roundup.
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