Halloween Costume: Headless Horseman


  • Large shirt 2 or 3 sizes larger than child, even an adult shirt
  • child's shirt in same color
  • jeans
  • stuffing
  • small piece of red cloth

  • cardboard
  • pumpkin bucket for head.


Dress child in jeans and child's shirt. Put on adult shirt but pull it up so top of child's head is at neck of shirt. Tuck in sleeves so they do not show. Cut shirt where child's arms are and put arms through. Cut small eye holes in shirt.

Now the harder part. lLay cardboard on child's shoulders inside adult shirt. Stuff until the shirt looks like it fits up to neck. Cover neck opening with cloth. The child will now look headless with extra big shoulders. Have them hold pumpkin in crook of arm as if carrying head.

This costume has always won first place any time I have used it. We usually have someone lead the child around for safety.

By Randa Wagner from San Marcos, TX

headless figure

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