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From dogs dressed as Darth Vader to Elvis kitties, we can’t stop stuffing our four-legged friends into Halloween attire each October. Dog and cat costume parades are more popular than ever, and everyone from major pet supply companies like Petco to mom-and-pop Etsy dealers make a mint on adorable animal outfits. (Our pets, on the other hand, become more indignant with each passing fall).

But these household animals aren’t the only creatures getting in on the cosplay. Stables of horse-lovers deck out their equines in elaborate Halloween get-ups each year. (And you thought your Chihuahua in a taco costume it rough.)


'Scooby Doo' Mystery Machine Horse


Jinkies! This poor pony would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids. (Not pictured? His jockey, Velma.) Zoinks!


'Harry Potter' Horse


There’s something about this bewitching horse's mug(gle) that puts a spell on us. We’re betting he wins the Hogwarts Derby by a broomstick.


Boom Box Horse


This pony show was clearly BYOB. (Bring your own boom box.) But where are the trainer’s fingerless gloves and cardboard scraps for b-boy headspins? Because Black Beauty is ready to break it down.


Hugh Hefner Horse


A stallion with a smoking jacket and a bunny on each flank. Wonder how many mares he has waiting for him back at the paddock?


'Night' Mare


This horse is a nightmare. Get it? They're in nightgowns. Goodnight, folks! Tip your veal, try the waiters.


Big Mac Horse


Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed saddle. We already feel bad for this quarter-pounder quarter horse, but her rider’s costume takes things to a full combo meal of mortification.


Scuba Diver Horse


If the trail rides don’t work out, this horse is considering a career with the Navy Seals. Until then, he’ll stick with his hoof floaties. Safety first!


Skeleton Horse


The hip bone’s connected to the…tail bone, obviously. This costume would also be a fine choice for Night Stalker, Skeletor's “evil armored battle steed” from 'He-Man.'


Hula Horse


We want this horse swaying her hips on our dashboard and serving us a Pu-Pu platter. That is all.


Jack Sparrow Horse


'Yo ho, yo ho, a pony's life for me. Arrrrrrgh! Give me some carrot rum!' Cap’n Black Mane is clearly over the eye patch thing. Just toss him a sugar cube (it's trough-or-treat time) and leave him with a little dignity.