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How to Make a Cow Costume

Susan believes that playing dress-up is one of the best parts of being a kid. Her creative costume ideas help bring out the kid in everyone!

Holstein Cows Poster

Holstein Cows Poster

Have you "Herd"? People are dressing up as cows!

Wondering how to make a quick and easy homemade cow costume? We're here to help! Look for complete instructions and a complete list of all the supplies that you'll need as you scroll down the page.

Moooving right along now, if you're not feeling crafty, we also have cow costumes to buy for adults, kids, and even dogs! (Keep scrolling down the page.)

Whether you need a homemade disguise for Halloween, for the county fair, for your church's Christmas program, for your favorite restaurant's Dress Like a Cow contest (you know the one), or for a costume party, you'll find everything you need right here on this page to help fill your barn with two-legged bovines!

P.S. Don't miss the hilarious cow humor, spread like cow patties throughout this page!

The Black and White Cow Look: That's What We're Going For

When most people think of a cow costume, they picture black spots on a white background, resembling the animal below. That breed is a Holstein, just so you'll know (somebody might ask what kind of cow you are!).

A Holstein usually has black ears, white feet, and white at the end of the tail. Keep those things in mind when constructing your costume. (If you really do want to study up on these pretty black and white cattle, here's a website about the Holstein breed.)

Use this girl as an example when you're putting together your cow costume.

Use this girl as an example when you're putting together your cow costume.

DIY Cow Costume Supply List

- A white hooded sweatshirt

- White sweatpants (or shorts)

- Black felt for spots and ears

- Fabric adhesive

- Piece of rope for tail

- A cowbell

(Buy these locally, use what you have,

or order what you need from the links below.)

How to Make a Cow Costume

Easy instructions for making a cute, homemade cow costume for Halloween or dress-up, for children or adults.

  • First, gather the supplies as listed on the supply list above plus a good pair of scissors and a needle with black thread and white thread.
  • Use plain paper to cut patterns for the spots. Just draw semi-oval shapes in various sizes. Refer to the pictures of the cows above for ideas. Lay out the paper on the sweatshirt and pants to see how they'll fit.
  • When you're satisfied with the look, use the patterns to cut the spots out of the black felt.
  • Lay out the felt spots again to be sure of the placement. Follow the directions on the fabric glue or spray adhesive to apply the felt to the shirt and pants. Let dry as directed.
  • To make ears, cut out a rectangle shape from the felt. Cut a "rounded point" on one end then fold the two corners of the other end together and sew to make the cow ear shapes. Use the needle and black thread to sew the ears to the hood.
  • Cut a length of rope for the tail (length depends on the person's height). Braid three lengths of rope together if you want the tail to be thicker. Tie a knot a few inches from the end then unravel and brush the ends of the "tail" to make it bushy. Use a needle with the white thread to sew the tail to the seat of the pants.
  • Use part of the rope or a bright ribbon to tie the cow bell loosely around the person's neck.
  • Wear white socks and shoes (black is okay if you don't have white) and consider wearing white gloves or even socks on your hands to make the four cow "legs" match!

That's really all there is to it! Every costume will be unique depending on the size and number of spots that you use, just like every cow is unique!

Moooo!

See How to Make a Cow Costume Step by Step

Not Feeling Crafty? Order a Cow Costume Here

If you'd rather just buy a cow costume, we understand. There are plenty of styles to choose from and I'm sure you'll find one perfect for you or your needs. You'll find a huge assortment of cow costumes at this link, from high-quality mascot costumes to tiny costumes for the littlest calf in your herd. Check 'em out!

Cow jokes, we've got 'em!

Q: What kind of milk comes from a forgetful cow?

A: Milk of Amnesia

Cow Makeup Completes the Costume. Love this look!

A little cow humor.

"It's better to be seen and not herd."

Don't Forget the Cowbell! A genuine cow bell is exactly what your costume needs to make you stand out in the herd, err crowd.

Costume contest? This authentic cow bell is perfect to make your homemade cow costume a winner! This one is the genuine product and makes a sound fit for the outdoors. You certainly don't want to lose your precious little calf in the crowd, now do you?

More Cow Humor

"Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on."

A Friendly Cow Mask for a Child - Comfortable and adorable!

Some children are afraid of wearing masks over their faces, so this is a fabulous choice for a child's cow costume. It's basically a headband with cow ears and horns. Not only does it not obscure the child's view, it's much more comfortable (and far less scary) than a latex or plastic mask - and transforms your child into the cutest little calf you'll ever see!

Add one child dressed in sweatshirt and sweatpants or jeans and you have a very simple but adorable cow costume. Add a touch of cow makeup if you like.

Cow Face Painting Video Tutorial

Still more cow humor

"Honor thy fodder and thy mother and all your udder relatives."

Here's a Dalmatian Dressed Up as a Cow! I just got this in an email and had to share it with you.

Dalmatian dog in a Cow Costume

Dalmatian dog in a Cow Costume

I don't know the source of this picture except that it was in an email that I received today with pictures of dogs in Halloween costumes. Poor guy! Or girl - actually I hope it's a girl! Don't worry, sweetie. We're not laughing at you, we're laughing with you!

Enough cow humor?

Q: Which job is a cow most suited for?

A: Baker. Because they're making cow pies regularly.

Some Helpful Links - In case you need more information.

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Order this "Back Side of Four Cows" Photo Print at the link.

Order this "Back Side of Four Cows" Photo Print at the link.

© 2009 Susan Deppner

Have a comment? This space is for you. Have you ever made a cow costume? Have any advice you'd like to share? Or just say hello!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 13, 2016:

BarbRad, I love that about your Swedish pen pal - how funny! Feel free to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day anyday. Just eat chikin (as the cows would say)!

Barbara Radisavljevic from Paso Robles, CA on July 13, 2016:

That last photo reminded my of the Swedish pen pal I had in college. He always used to draw the back side of cows and other animals and enclose them in his letters. Too bad I didn't know about Cow Day in time to celebrate.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 12, 2016:

Thanks, Dawn! Definitely easy but with emphasis on the "cute!"

Dawn from Maryland, USA on July 12, 2016:

cute and easy idea!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 12, 2016:

That would be so cool, Olivia, having matching costumes for you and the dog! LOL Today's the day and I'm sure Chick-fil-A will be the place to be with a "herd" of traffic going in and out. Such a fun activity!

Olivia on July 12, 2016:

Sorry I'm late getting to comment on this wonderful activity. Love the whole idea of dressing up as a cow and yes, that dog is just too much. Need him as a side kick when I go out dressed like that.....

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 11, 2016:

Elf, that dog is a favorite, no doubt about it. Not sure if they'd let her in at Chick-fil-A, but she'd certainly be the hit of any costume party! You're certainly right about this being a clever ad campaign. Those cows promoting "chikin" never get old!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 11, 2016:

Sylvestermouse, that is a great idea to let the costume do double duty! Glad you enjoyed the humor, too. I had fun collecting cow jokes and quotes!

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on July 11, 2016:

Great article about 'Cow Day'. Chick-Fil-A sure came up with a clever ad campaign with their cow costumes! Love the picture of the Dalmatian dresses up as a cow. Cute!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on July 11, 2016:

I absolutely love the humor throughout this article! You had me laughing out loud for sure. I do think it would be lots of fun to make a cow costume and wear it for cow appreciate day. I can also imagine the laughter if I wore it on Halloween when I hand out the candy to little trick or treaters.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 09, 2015:

Thanks, Heather!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 09, 2015:

LOL! No reason for the scary critters to hog Halloween, right Sylvestermouse!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 09, 2015:

Thank you! I have to agree - lots of creative, fun ideas from people who love to dress up as a cow!

Heather on July 09, 2015:

funny page!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on July 09, 2015:

These cow costumes are awesome! I especially love the dog, simply because I have never seen anything like that before. These really would be fun and easy costumes for Halloween, so moooo-ve over vampires! The cows are coming

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on July 09, 2015:

How very clever! Fun ideas.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 14, 2015:

LOL Good one, Lorelei! How cool about your mom's cow. Thanks so much for stopping by! I always appreciate your visits.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 14, 2015:

My mom had a black and white cow and it was almost like a pet to her. She still had her when I went out on my own. Love that Chick fil A puts on this event every year. The commercials are adorable and the moo-d infectious.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 09, 2014:

@PaigSr: Everyone loves that, including me! Thanks, Paig!

PaigSr from State of Confusion on August 08, 2014:

The dog costume is a nice touch.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 29, 2014:

@click2CYtoday: Very cool! I'd love if you share a picture. Remember that for next year!

click2CYtoday on July 29, 2014:

Thanks so much for the great ideas! I've gone to the Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation Day several years now but my costume has never looked as good as these. Now next year should be better... Thanks again!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 29, 2014:

@Brite-Ideas: Thanks!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on July 28, 2014:

lol, enjoyed this page and the cow costume! very cute!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 17, 2014:

@Miracle Magnolia: Cool! I hope she enjoys it and finds some helpful cow costume information!

Miracle Magnolia from Atlanta, GA on June 17, 2014:

Love this costume! Just sent the link to my daughter.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 04, 2014:

@VinnWong: Good one, Vinn! LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

VinnWong on April 03, 2014:

This is super amoosing! I love it!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 29, 2014:

@junecampbell: LOL! I'm right there with you!

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 29, 2014:

I have never "herd" of this trend towards cow costumes, but then I'm not a young heifer any more.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 27, 2014:

@Lynda Makara: :)

Lynda Makara from California on February 26, 2014:

OMG that dog is too funny!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 13, 2014:

@mayrain: Really? Well, now you can!

mayrain on February 13, 2014:

I always wanted to dress up like a cow. Thanks for sharing this !

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 07, 2014:

@DeborahDian: Thanks!

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on February 07, 2014:

I've never tried to make one, but you have some great tips here.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 07, 2014:

@smine27: If you ever do make one, I want a picture! :)

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on February 07, 2014:

No, I've never made a cow costume before, but it might be fun!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 27, 2014:

@Charito1962: Thank you for sharing that, Charito1962. That is such a sweet memory! I hadn't even thought about using paint, but that's a great idea for a cow costume.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on January 27, 2014:

Hello. When my son was a little boy, we had to prepare a cow costume for him for his pre-school production. All we did was buy a plain white shirt and paint it with black spots. Then, we made horns out of paper. It was such a laborious task, but it was fun in the end. I cherish the memory!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 27, 2013:

@Wingersiow LM: LOL Enjoy your cow costume!

Wingersiow LM on December 27, 2013:

Great lens - I think it might just suit me!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 13, 2013:

@Pipa-bipa: I grew up with cow bells like the one on this lens (my grandfather had cattle) so I didn't even think about the other variety. Good alternative choice! Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by!

Pipa-bipa on December 12, 2013:

I have always been passionate about the metal round Buddhists/Chinese bells but this cow bell is stunning! (maybe it belonged to an authentic Indian cow?) Thanks for the great (and simple!) costume making instructions. The idea with pink gloves is fabulous :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 08, 2013:

@sweetstickyrainbo: Reviews can be hilarious to read!

sweetstickyrainbo on December 08, 2013:

I am partial to that horse head I saw on Amazon. Mostly because of the funny comments on the reviews.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 04, 2013:

@kds2763 lm: Thank you so much! Glad the lens appealed to your farm background.

kds2763 lm on December 03, 2013:

Susan - Thanks for liking two of my lenses! I grew up on a farm, saw this one lens and had to "LIKE" it! I will be by more on your site because I like the way you do your lenses! Awesome!! Tks!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 26, 2013:

@spanofagnat: That is so sweet. Thank you!

spanofagnat on November 25, 2013:

Susan I admit I came here because you were kind enough to 'like' one of my lenses (thank you) but honestly this lens is brilliant and I will SO be using this for one of my kids in the future. Great lens : )

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 22, 2013:

@talanted_one: Glad you enjoyed the cows!

talanted_one on November 22, 2013:

very funny,thanks)) great idea)))

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 12, 2013:

@edwin-ted: Glad you enjoyed the costumes!

edwin-ted on November 12, 2013:

Like your lens a Lot , Cow costume's that got me thinking

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 03, 2013:

@Susan Zutautas: I agree!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 03, 2013:

@LoriBeninger: Thanks, Lori!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 03, 2013:

@Magpie Feathers: We're just laughing with that dog, not at him!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 03, 2013:

@IreneL11: :)

IreneL11 on November 01, 2013:

very funny! :))

Magpie Feathers on November 01, 2013:

Oh my god! Poor dog! I have a dalmation and they are gentlest dog I've come across but I couldn't help laughing.

LoriBeninger on October 31, 2013:

Always a classic...I get a kick out of this lens every time I visit.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 30, 2013:

It would be so much fun to dress up as a cow :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 25, 2013:

@PlumberJorge: Kinda makes you wish you had a dalmation, doesn't it? :) Thanks for the visit!

PlumberJorge on October 25, 2013:

This is a really wacky and fun idea for a costume. I did laugh a bit on the dog though. :D

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 22, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks!

anonymous on October 22, 2013:

Wonderful lens, I like it. :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 03, 2013:

@anonymous: :) Now you know!

anonymous on October 03, 2013:

LOL, no I hadn't herd! I so luv cows though!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on October 02, 2013:

@Erin Mellor: LOL Thanks!

Erin Mellor from Europe on October 01, 2013:

@SusanDeppner: Here's another vote for the dog, that's beyond cute. Pass the Milka.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 29, 2013:

@TheEnglishHouse: Thanks! Yes, everyone loves the dog!

TheEnglishHouse on September 29, 2013:

Hahah...NICE! That dog is funny as! And very cute!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 28, 2013:

@HappyTom LM: LOL Thanks for the visit!

Tom Christen from Switzerland/Ecuador on September 27, 2013:

That is a great idea! I love the dog :)...

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 27, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks for stopping by!

anonymous on September 26, 2013:

Great ideas! Thank you for sharing.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 25, 2013:

@LunarCityLauren: Thanks for checking it out!

LunarCityLauren on September 25, 2013:

Fantastic idea for a costume!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 22, 2013:

@anonymous: Everyone really loves that picture! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!

anonymous on September 22, 2013:

Lolled @ that Dalmatian picture :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 18, 2013:

@Tricia Deed: I've thought about that, too. Hopefully it was a quick picture and then off with the silly costume!

Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on September 18, 2013:

@anonymous: Poor dog he must feel terribly embarrassed and when the balloon pops; how frightening.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 18, 2013:

@anonymous: Good thing I can't read the dog's mind!

anonymous on September 18, 2013:

That's funny,a dog dressed like a cow.

What the dog is thinking is not fit to publish.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 17, 2013:

@BrownEyedGirl69: Thanks!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 17, 2013:

@Fiorenza: Ah, thanks for sharing that cow fact! And thanks for stopping by.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 17, 2013:

@UKBusinesses: Glad you like it!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 17, 2013:

@StrongMay: Thanks for the visit!

StrongMay on September 17, 2013:

This lens has good ideas I'll keep in mind!

UKBusinesses on September 17, 2013:

Cow costume is a great idea!

Fiorenza from UK on September 17, 2013:

Never thought of dressing up as a cow for Halloween! We call this type fresians in the UK, so I've learned something!

BrownEyedGirl69 on September 16, 2013:

Love the salvation dressed up like a cow. Cute lens.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 16, 2013:

@Roxannetp: LOL!

Roxannetp on September 16, 2013:

keep milking the idea....

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 16, 2013:

@rhubarba: Great suggestion! I'd love to see you tackle that one!

rhubarba on September 16, 2013:

Next up I'd love to see a lens about dressing up as a toad.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 29, 2013:

@taliasmith23: :D

taliasmith23 on August 28, 2013:

I LOVE the Dalmatian, so precious!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 28, 2013:

@Whatsittoyou: Sounds like good advice! :D

Whatsittoyou from Canada on August 27, 2013:

My advice would be if you work in a machine shop do not wear a cow costume to work. One of the guys I used to work with did and his utters kept getting in the way. So he wasn't able to get close enough to what he was working on. It was funny but not practical.

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