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

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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

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?

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

  1. 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…

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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!!


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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!” 🙂

  14. 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.

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