14 Oct Top 10 Western Cowboy themed Halloween Costumes for 2015
I’m not saying that the hardest moment of my life every year is deciding what to wear for Halloween…but okay, that’s exactly what I’m saying. I suppose it could be argued that I’ve led an easy life. Regardless, I’m sure everyone has some sort of similar experience. Choosing what to be for Halloween can be a touchy issue. You don’t want to end up as one of the two dozen guys dressed as The Crow or Heath Ledger’s Joker. Or maybe you do, I don’t know you.
I’m here to give you a hand. I’ve explored every nook and cranny of pop culture, and dug out the best western-themed or western-influenced costumes around. They range from comic book heroes, to movie icons, to pro wrestlers. I’ve covered all the bases here, and I’m sure you’ll find something for you on this list.
1) Max Rockatansky
Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the biggest films of 2015. It’s fresh in everyone’s mind, but it doesn’t strike me as something that a whole load of people are going to be pulling costume ideas from this Halloween. Going as Max Rockatansky, either the Tom Hardy interpretation from Fury Road, or the classic Mel Gibson version, might net you some major uniqueness points. These costumes aren’t completely western, but the themes are there. The general ruggedness of the costumes is reminiscent of a futuristic version of something Eastwood or Wayne would wear. You can tell these men are out on their own, wandering and living on the road.
2) Daryl Dixon
The Walking Dead is arguably the most popular horror franchise on the planet right now, and has been for several years at this point. There may be a lot of people going as zombies for Halloween, so why not dress up as a bad*** zombie hunter. In The Walking Dead, the character Daryl Dixon has a poncho that is very obviously influenced by Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name attire. This is a simple and quick costume to throw together. Just get yourself a poncho, a vest to wear underneath, and some fake weaponry, and you have yourself a solid Daryn Dixon costume to scare all those zombie folks with.
3) Pablo Escobar
Continuing the trend of what’s popular in 2015, Netflix recently released their original program Narcos to near universal acclaim. What better way to capitalize on this than to be Pablo Escobar for Halloween? Another simple costume to put together – all you need to do is grow yourself a mustache and get yourself some…”decent” clothes. Maybe that’s not the right word. Check your local thrift store.
4) The Undertaker
At this point, even most non-wrestling fans must know who The Undertaker is. The “undead” wrestler has been working his craft for two and a half decades now, debuting in 1990. He’s gone through a series of personalities and attires over the years, but for the past several, one of his monikers has been “The Last Outlaw.” He has developed the character of an aging cowboy who refuses to go out on anyone’s terms but his own. He even used Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave” as a theme song of sorts for one of his yearly returns. Nothing more western than that, man. His attire for the last ten years is perfect for a western themed costume. The hat, the cloak/jacket – it’s all perfect and adds a twist to the usual cowboy costume.
5) Ghost Rider
We’ve talked about the Carter Slade incarnation of Ghost Rider in a previous article on western-themed comic characters. He’d also make an awesome and distinct Halloween costume. It might be one of the more involved on this list, but it shouldn’t take a Herculean level of effort to get right. You just need lots of white cloth…or lots of bleach. Whichever. The horse probably isn’t a necessary aspect of the costume though. I don’t think many of your friends or family members would appreciate you trying to ride a horse into their Halloween party. Your call though.
6) John Wayne
You had to know a couple characters were bound to be on this list of costumes, and John Wayne certainly should have been one of them. Wayne wore some of the most iconic cowboy attires of all-time. Pick any of them and you have yourself a perfect Halloween costume. Most stores will sell some type of pre-packaged cowboy costume that resembles an attire from a Wayne character, but I would recommend trying your best to put this together yourself. You’ll likely get a much higher quality costume if you try to seek out the vest, hat, handkerchief, lasso, and other pieces of the costume yourself. Again…I don’t recommend the horse.
7) Jonah Hex
Perhaps the most iconic western comic character of all-time, Jonah Hex takes a significant amount of influence from his predecessors in John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. However, he has one very noteworthy trait that makes him different from this men: his face. Hex lived for a period with a tribe of Apache, until he was forced to kill one of them in combat. His face was branded with the “Mark of the Demon” and he was outcast. He is horribly disfigured on one side of his face, and this particular trait would make for a stand-out cowboy costume.
8) Han Solo
Harrison Ford’s Han Solo character in the Star Wars films is about as close to a space cowboy as you can get. He’s an outlaw, only caring about getting the bounty he is owed. He’ll do any dirty work he has to in order to collect, and he cares only about himself. Or so he says. Over the course of the films, we see that he does have a heart buried under his gruff exterior, as many famous western characters do. They have to play tough in order to survive the life they have built for themselves, but they aren’t so gruff under the surface. Han’s costume is clearly influenced by westerns, with the vest, the holster, the belt, and the way he holds his gun. He’s an old-school space cowboy, and it’s a great costume to put together to show your love of westerns AND Star Wars.
Speaking of space cowboys…Star-Lord is a newer addition to the public consciousness, but he also nails down the space cowboy trope that was made famous by Han Solo. While Han uses more classic cowboy tropes, Peter Quill (Star-Lord) is a pure mixture of sci-fi and classic western. He has the holsters, the guns, and his jacket certainly feels like a more modern version of what a cowboy would wear. But his guns are blasters, he has a whole array of sci-fi weaponry, and his helmet certainly looks futuristic. If you’re looking for a more modern costume with western flare, Star-Lord might be the way to go.
10) The Man With No Name
Now, Clint Eastwood’s costume from A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is one that I have gone over in-depth in a previous article. The Clint Eastwood Poncho stands as the most iconic and important in western history, cinema or otherwise. I won’t go too in-depth on it here, because you can read my whole costume breakdown piece-by-piece in that previous article, but just take a look at the picture below and you should be able to understand how it is the perfect amalgamation of everything that made the previous costumes cool. Typically, things become a fully realized vision after years of perfecting them. In this case, westerns got it right decades ago with this costume, and everything that has come afterwards, as great as some of them are, have not been able to top it.