While we know Halloween is still multiple months away, we also know many people -- especially kids -- like to get their costume ideas and shopping done very early. And if you live in an area where rodeo events are popular, or if you've introduced your children to this world in the past and they've taken a great interest in it, their desired Halloween costume may just be rodeo-related this year.
At A Cut Above Buckles, we're here to help with any Western or rodeo look you or your children are going for, offering everything from quality belt buckles to Western jewelry, accessories and more. In this two-part blog series, we'll go over several Halloween costume ideas that are common in our world, plus which might be right for your child.
One of the most popular rodeo events out there is bull riding, which takes a lot of bravery, skill and practice. If your child loves the adrenaline rush that comes with this event or just thinks it looks really cool, they may want to dress up as a bull rider for Halloween this year.
To get the look right, start with some key clothing items like a plaid shirt, cowboy boots, denim jeans and a cowboy hat. From there, you can accessorize with items like a rope or bandana tied around the neck, a fake bull riding vest and more. You may also want to consider adding some face paint to make your child's costume look even more authentic.
If your child happens to have a favorite bull rider from the events they've attended or watched, they may also want to dress up as that specific person. This can be done by including items like a replica of that rider's jersey number or even having them wear the same brand of clothing that rider is typically seen in.
Another popular rodeo event, especially with young girls, is barrel racing. This involves a horse and rider working together to complete a cloverleaf pattern around barrels in the shortest amount of time possible.
To dress up as a barrel racer for Halloween, your child will need a few key items like a Western shirt, cowboy boots, denim jeans or shorts and a cowboy hat. You can also accessorize with items like chaps (these can be real or fake), a lariat rope, a halter and lead rope for their horse (if they're using a toy horse) and more. Again, face paint can also help to complete the look.
For kids who enjoy being goofy and having a little fun with their Halloween costume, dressing up as a rodeo clown may be the perfect option. Rodeo clowns play an important role in rodeo events, helping to protect bull riders from being hurt by angry bulls after their ride.
To get the look of a rodeo clown, start with some key clothing items like oversized overalls or denim jeans, a brightly-colored shirt, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat. From there, you can accessorize with items like face paint, a red nose, suspenders and more. If your child is dressing up as a specific rodeo clown that they're familiar with, be sure to include items that will help make them recognizable.
In part two of our series, we'll go over some further themes here. For more on this, or to learn about any of our custom belt buckles or other Western accessories, speak to the team at A Cut Above Buckles today.