What are your favorite non-cheesy Halloween costume ideas for pregnant folks?

September 30 | offbeatbride
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This year on Halloween I will be 34 weeks pregnant. Any ideas for a fun or scary halloween costume other than the typical shot-gun bride or pregnant nun? — Sam

HOLY SHIT, do I ever love this question! I was pregnant on Halloween 2008, but only two or so months in — so this didn't really apply. However, I have seen some very stellar Halloween costumes donned by pregnant women — including this Death Star costume Siouxzi rocked:

Darth Vader and the Death Star
Photo by Bob909 and Anditron.

I have a few other favorites up my sleeve…

A Pregnant Pause

A pregnant pause is often used in comedy to build up suspense — if you have no idea what I'm talking about, Wikipedia explains it. I LOVE this idea, and it's dead simple: dress in all black, and paint a white pause symbol on the part of your top that will go over your belly. TA-DA! You just rocked Halloween and all you really had to do was get knocked up and wield a paintbrush.

A Fishbowl

Ok, so my husband suggested this, and I was about to shoot it down when he added "You could have a baby in there with a snorkel on." I MEAN SERIOUSLY. Someone attempt this and send us photos, PLEASE.

Celestial/Alien beings

Planets are pretty obvious: you can take your pick (or even represent for Pluto! R.I.P.) OR go for a "solar system" theme. You know, why be one planet when you could be the sun and dangle eight planets around you? It might get a little tricky depending on what it is you plan on actually DOING on Halloween, but it may be worth a shot. Similar ideas include dressing as the moon, the sun without the planets, or… I don't know, a comet. THINK SPACE!

This most definitely is not everything — what did you guys dress up as when you were pregnant?

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    • I went as a mother of a astronaut.
      I wrapped silver foil around my tummy and then cut out a little square and drew a smiley face on my singlet inside. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I would attach a photo but I can't work out how

  1. Last year I was 36 weeks and put jack-o-lantern cut outs on an orange shirt. I really wanted a death-star belly, but was too exhausted to pull one together.

  2. A couple years ago my friend was pregnant and dressed up as a grape! She'd been craving grapes like crazy throughout her pregnancy so it was appropriate ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. One year, my wife and I went to a Halloween party dressed as clergy. I was a priest, and my wife was a very pregnant nun. It was a pretty fun gag. Some of the people at the party who did not even know we were expecting thought that the belly was fake too.

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  4. This year I am due two weeks before Halloween. But with my first, in 2008, I was 7 months and I went as Juno. Only problem was I looked too much like myself and most people didn't realize I was in costume until I told them.

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  5. I was 8 mo. pregnant at halloween a couple years ago, and I dressed up as a beauty queen (tiara and heels & everything) and made myself a sash that said "Miss Abstinence 2008".

    Pretty much brought the house down.

    • A friend of mine (she wasn't pregnant at the time) did this costume when we were at college the year Obama was elected: she got a big white t-shirt and used a balloon for the pregnancy belly. On her chest she wrote "Sarah Palin's Baby", and on the balloon she wrote "Sarah Palin's Grandbaby". It probably wouldn't be as funny now, but at the time everyone got a big kick out of it. It required almost no effort, too.

  6. One year I was a pregnant nun and the other year a pregnant goddess while so was the devil ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. So timely! I'll be 31 weeks at Halloween. Now I just have to pick which costume idea I like best…

  8. I saw a really cute preggo troll doll a few years ago! Blue hair and a jeweled belly button (what was left of it anyway)

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  9. I love the miss abstinence!!!! Makes me re think our costumes for this year. We always have to consider heat for our costumes south Florida is still wwwwway hot. This would keep me cool…. Cool preggo= happy preggo

  10. When I was pregnant with my first child my husband and I were the blues brothers. He was Elwood, and I was Jake. Just some shades, a suit, hat and some sideburns. It was really cool.

  11. I was overdue last year at Halloween and had not given one thought about a costume, but fortunately my older children had many thoughts on the subject. (My six year old actually suggested a whale but quickly realized that was not a good idea). Anyway, I took a white t-shirt, put it on, and my husband made the outline of a globe/ the continents– then the kids decorated it. I was Mother Earth. It was pretty cute.

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  12. i had a friend that was zombied out, wore a hospital gown with blood all over it and sat in a wheel chair. then she had an umbilical cord coming out of her seat attached to a bloody zombie baby. pretty sweet

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    • I had a friend who did an Alien-style chestburster coming out of the belly – ripped and bloodied white maternity shirt over second shirt with baby Alien attached. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. You guys, can we focus on costumes that don't involve sex work or violence against women?

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    • Im not really seeing that, most just seem cute.
      It is halloween so there will be some gory stuff, its just for fun.

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      • This is referencing other comments that have since been removed from the site.

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        • Ha, I frequently get confused about comments like this "Stop being jerks!" when I didn't see any jerk-like comments. I think this should always be explained! (Merely for the sake of my poor, ignorant confusion.)

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          • Sorry about that! I'll try to be more articulate in the future when I'm referencing comments that have been deleted. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. I guess I'm not all that concerned with tying the pregnancy into the costume, just making sure it fits!
    I like Dr Seuss Characters and the belly is just part of –
    The Grinch
    Thing 1
    The Cat in the Hat

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    • So awesome! We did D+D themed costumes a few years ago. This is great.

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  15. I didn't bother with costuming last year when I was pregnant (about 29 weeks, I think). Thanksgiving (celebrated in October here in Canada) had totally worn me out, and I barely had any regular clothes that fit, let alone anything costume-y. It felt weird not to be dressed up all day, as I've always been a fan of Halloween costumes.

  16. My sister-in-law was preggo on Halloween last year and she made herself a pregnant skeleton costume: She painted the skeleton onto a plain black shirt and pants and included the little fetal skeleton in her belly, it was pretty hilarious.

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  17. While my best friend was very pregnant at my Halloween party, she came as a golden snitch from Harry Potter. She dressed all in black with gold around her pregnancy belly. She crafted the wings and fashioned them onto a headband to wear. It was awesome.

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  18. I was a luchador, but I was 4 months along and thought I'd be showing big time when I put my costume together, and then wasn't showing. At. All. I think it would have been waaay funnier with a big belly.

  19. A pregnant friend let me paint her belly bump as a Jack-o-lantern one halloween.

    for my bachelorette party we had a "til death do us party" theme, so costumes were pretty much suitable for halloween too.
    My 7 month pregnant friend came as a Mummy, all wrapped up in bandages and in her comfiest white yoga pants! (she said it was the most comfortable shes ever been on a night out)

    and I LOVE the zombie baby (plastic doll) popping out of a pregnant belly effect!

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  20. My friend was 9 months last year and she made a nest from shredded cardboard around her belly and painted her belly light blue with brown speckles. A speckled egg! She gave birth a week later…

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    • This is AMAZING. Now I want to make sure to plan being super pregnant on Halloween next year just to do it!

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  21. I've been thinking about this lately too! I'll be 34 weeks as well. I'm thinking of being:
    Mother Nature- green dress (preferably cheap- secondhand!), and attaching fake flowers and vines to it. Putting some twigs and flowers in my hair and wearing gold and bronze makeup.
    I've also thought about buying a black long-sleeved shirt and being a skeleton (with a little skeleton baby!). There are some tutorials online on how to do this DIY with freezer paper (as a stencil) and fabric glue!

  22. I have to get sewing! I'm planning on being pregnant Padme in the steel-blue nightgown.

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  23. Last year I went as one if the 16 and pregnant girls and my girlfriend came as one of the guys (side ways baseball cap, untucked shirt, etc) dressed for prom. I wasn't pregnant so I had to fake it with a pillow. I guess it looked real because all night people were coming up to congratulate us. We won second place in the contest.

  24. I dressed up as Juno. My husband found a T-shirt with a night table drawn on it that says one night stand so I wore that with a striped sweatshirt and pregnancy jeans. It was a big hit!

  25. I was a very pregnant belly dancer when I was pregnant with my first. I wore sheer pants and a fancy bra with my belly hanging out for party we went to. Now that I am due two weeks after Halloween with our third, I think I'm going with the Pregnant Pause. That rocks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. My son is going as batman and I follow suit with him every Halloween, so I am going as "The Penguin" from batman, since I already have the belly for it. I will be in my 36th week of pregnancy.

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  27. Tonks from Harry Potter! Just put some color in your hair (hot pink or purple!) and wear a t-shirt that says "I LOVE WEREWOLVES".

    Easy, cute, fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. When I was pregnant, I was a fried egg… I took a white sweatshirt and cut out a big hole for my big pregnant belly, and underneath I had wrapped my belly in yellow fabric so it poked through the white sweatshirt.

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  29. I'm 24 weeks right now. I will be wrapping myself in non-adhesive bandanges and going as a "Mummy-To-Be".

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  30. Last year I was 39 weeks at Halloween, so I got a blond pixie wig and a blue housedress and went as Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby.

  31. I'd like to see someone go as a basketball going into a hoop. Orange shirt for the ball, hula hoop around the waist, and a white posterboard with a red square drawn on it attached to the back. I can picture it, but someone craftier than I may have to come up with the actual logistics.

    Similarly, on the internet somewhere last year I saw a woman who went as humpty dumpty (pre-fall). Her belly was an egg with a face on it, and she had a small cardboard brick wall around her lower torso.

  32. Okay try to follow me here, Hubby is going as Satan, and I am going as a goat demon (a red satyr basically). . . .get it, The Omen!

  33. I always thought it would be great to dress as the couple in Jan van Eyck's The Arnolfini Portrait. But then the people at the party would have to know a bit about art. And supposedly the woman is not really pregnant.

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    • That's the first costume idea that popped into my head when I read the post, too. It would be a great costume, maybe someone else could go as that round mirror thing…

    • Unfortunately- she isn't pregnant in the picture, just displaying her wealth by holding up the excess fabric on her dress.

      Forunately- most people think she's pregnant anyway so you likely wouldn't call you out on it.

      And even if they did- who cares! If it were me and someone came up to tell me "She wasn't really pregnant" I'd simply say "Neither am I" in my most mysterious voice and walk away.

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  34. Halloween is going to line up right with the end of our first trimester, so basically, when we're ready to tell the world at large about the bun in my oven. (Close, close family and friends already know)

    Our friends always throw a huge Halloween extravaganza where we'll see a majority of our extended friend group, so it makes sense to tell everybody then. So I'm planning to make this costume as a way to tell everybody at the party!!

    http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/10/our-last-minute-adult-costumes.html

    Though I don't really have the baby belly yet to fill it out, it would be too cute on a 3rd trimester belly!

  35. This just popped into my head while I was talking to a friend about Halloween costumes, so I figured I would share it. A hamster in a ball. Not sure how it would work, but it could be pretty cute.

  36. Last year I went as a speed bump. It was cute, and pretty easy to do. I wore black pants and a black t-shirt, then taped traffic lanes on my shirt and hot glued match box cars. It was pretty awesome!

  37. Last year I was 7 months pregnant, and I was the Kool-Aid man. I wore black leggings, black ballet flats, and a red long sleeved maternity tee on which I drew a face with black paint pen. I drank red Kool-Aid during the party, actually.. and I kept walking into different rooms with a loud lunge forward and going, "Ohhhhhh yeah!!" ๐Ÿ™‚

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  38. Last year I was about 30 or so weeks pregnant. I took a piece of cardboard and attached two doll hands and two doll feet to it in the right places for where baby hands and feet should be. I put on a long sleeved shirt to keep myself warm enough, and then taped stuck the cardboard in place with a little duck tape. Then, with a shirt I didn't mind cutting up… cut holes for just the arms and legs to pop out and adhered a trick or treat bag to one of the hands… and I was taking the baby trick or treating!

    Lots kids/younger folk thought it was pretty funny… one older (maybe in her mid 40's or so) came up to me with a disgusted look on her face and exclaimed "that's morbid". What was funny was that we were standing in a REALLY decorated yard with a grave in the front yard and a skeleton hand clawing its way out… so I said "The baby wanted to trick or treat now not have to wait a whole year until next Halloween, so he thought he'd pop out for a bit… It's Halloween, lady, and this isn't even that morbid. My other idea was to have a bloody mess of tummy with a zombie baby head eating its way out of me. THAT would have been morbid. If you have a problem with morbid things you should have stayed home for the night." She huffed and walked away.
    So yeah, if you want morbid… do the zombie baby head thing chewing it's way out of you. I had several friends that were disappointed that I didn't.

  39. I had thought of dressing up like a disco couple and my belly be a disco ball. But I LOVE the troll idea!

  40. My friends are hosting a Marvel Comics themed party, anybody have an idea of what marvel character I could go as, being almost 7 months pregnant?

  41. I plan to go as a black widow. My bump with be my widow abdomen with red hourglass. and I'm going to spray paint pool noodles for my extra legs.

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  42. My second pregnancy I was 8 months along on Halloween and went as a sexy black widow spider. Wore stretchy black pants, stretchy black camisole, black button-up shirt (worn unbuttoned) with silver pinstripes and ruffles on the collar and cuffs, and a black choker necklace with fake diamonds that I happened to have in my jewelry collection.

    For the hourglass shape that goes on the spider's back, I cut out two large triangles from red construction paper, glued the two triangles together at the corners, covered one side with red glitter, then safety-pinned the paper onto my shirt covering my baby belly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Never been pregnant, but I made a fake belly one year and dressed up as your classic 60's housewife, complete with fake smokes. My fiance was a milkman. The belly was stiff in the middle, so I really couldn't bend at the waist. I guess some people thought it was real, because I had a few nasty comments hurled my way at the bar!

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