Belly "Boo" Costumes

by Pregnancy.org Staff

two fish in a tummy?Maternity Halloween costumes -- that bump opens a world of opportunity. Not only can a costume show your pride in your beautiful body, it can be an amusing way for you (and your partner) to share the excitement of your pregnancy with family and friends.

Haven't shared the news yet? What better way to offer a "big" surprise announcement for those you may not see as frequently?

From whimsical to historical re-enactment your imagination (and budget) is the only "confinement." Get started creating an unmatchable costume!

Costume Categories You'll Find Below:  • Include Your Bump
  • Mommy and Me Costumes
  • Special Bump Costumes
  • Pregnant Couple Costumes
  • First Trimester
  • The Naughty Side
  • For the Baby-making Crowd
  • Safety Precautions and Practical Tips

Include Your Bump

This is the year that you want to accentuate that belly by making it an actual part of the costume. Scoff at those dressing in the skimpy barmaid outfits! You've got something that PROVES you're sexy (okay, at least it proves you've had sex)!

humpty-dumpty maternity costumeHumpty Dumpty: Would you like to use the belly to its fullest extent but also looking for a kiddo theme and easy to make? Humpty Dumpty does it all!

  • Building the Wall
    • Reinforce the corners of a cardboard box with some extra cardboard so it keeps its shape.
    • Make the Wall: Paint the boxes like brick walls and cut out all but the four sides.
    • Attach a string to the front and back of the boxes and we used that to drape them over our shoulders.
  • Make the Body
    • Sew two 15-inch tubes from old fabric about long to use as legs
    • Stuff with hand towels
    • Pin to the inside of a pair of baby shoes or socks
    • Attach the legs to the inside of the boxes so that they looked as they were hanging over the wall.
  • Design the Face: Paint the egg and face onto your belly with my belly button as the nose. Depending on belly size and your ability at mirror image painting, you may want to enlist the help of a friend.

Santa Claus: "His belly shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly." Don a Santa costume. No need to pad the belly this year! Perhaps your partner would agree to be Mrs. Claus. Kids could dress as elves.

Construction Worker Outfit: Wear a tool belt filled with bottles, diapers, wipes, medicine droppers, and don't forget the hard hat!

Black Widow: Wear all black and paint a red circle on your shirt. Make some legs and hang them with string from your arms. 

Sumo Wrestler: Using a cream colored shirt and pants, add a belt, a felt diaper, and a bit of fabric paint. Your big belly will make the costume.

Short Person: Use poster board to make a hat (or use a clothes basket). Button a man's jacket around your hips. Either paint the bump as a face or sew a 3-D onto a shirt and you've got a costume sure to be a hit!

Mommy and Me Costumes

mommy and baby skeletonThis category is perfect for those wishing to showcase your growing little one/s for their truly "first" Halloween! We can assure you that it will be a treat for everyone at the party!

Mommy and Baby Skeletons: A skeleton with a baby skeleton on the bump is great way to feature the bump in the first or second trimester. It's also a fun way to let people know you're pregnant! Here's how to reveal your wee one:

  • Start with an over-sized black shirt, black pants and black gloves
  • Cut the bones for mom and baby from white craft foam
  • Sew or glue in place
  • Alternatively, paint with white craft paint

Cat and Fish: Paint your belly blue and add some colorful fish. Your hubby can dress as a hungry cat.

Peek-a-boo-baby: With a painted baby face on your belly, wear a button-down shirt to make it look like the baby is peeking out.

Special Bump Costumes

pumpkin shirt with baby bulgeHow about making that bump THE costume? Imagine all the great things you can do with that ball-shaped belly! Depending on weather, paint it (or your shirt) as a pumpkin, a world globe, a sunflower or a ball and create a costume accenting the bump. You don't have to expose your whole torso; just cut a hole in your shirt and let the painted bulge poke through.

Pumpkin: Costumes can range from a simple orange t-shirt with a painted face to a elaborately painted belly. Here's how one mom-to-be became a pumpkin in the patch:

  • Make the patch: Cut leaves from green felt (two 8x11 pieces should be enough). Hot glue or sew to a dark colored sports bra. Add dangling artificial ivy, allowing the ends to dangle freely.
  • Add the pumpkin: Using craft paint, create a pumpkin from your bump. Better yet, have your partner or a friend do the art work!

Crystal ball: Your painted white belly can stick out of your gypsy costume while you read people's futures.

Beach bum: Proud of your pregnant figure? Put on a bikini and paint your belly like a beach ball. Pretend you're carrying it around.

Mother Earth: Dress in a flowing green gown, wrap yourself in some vines and put flowers in your hair. To really drive home the point, paint the earth on your belly and let it show.

Lady Bug: Paint the bump bright red and add black spots.

Flower child: Braid your hair, wear some 60's clothes, and paint a peace sign or smiley face on your belly. Free love, man.

Pregnant Couples and Families

baker and ovenLet's face it. Most of you didn't get in this state all on your own! Rope your partner into the act -- in some cases literally! Together you'll be a frightful hit!

Chef and Stove: What can you do with a box, a belly and a healthy batch of courage and creativity? Wear your a bun in the window of an oven accompanied by the chef. Here's how:

  • Make the stove
    • Cut generous arm and head holes in a moving box.
    • Position and cut top and sides of the oven door.
    • Remove the middle of the door and replace with clear plastic
    • Paint, add knobs and burners (pipe cleaners work well)
  • Prepare the bun
    • Wear dark pants and long sleeved t-shirt
    • Show off that beautiful bump baking at comfortable womb temperature
    • Or paint the bump or a t-shirt with two or more buns

Alien and Predator: You can go as the pregnant woman with an alien bursting from her belly. Either paint that bump or create a shirt with doll parts bulging out.

Basketball, Net and Player: Being a ball of any kind seems appropriate for your protruding belly. Paint your tummy orange, draw black lines on it, then put a hoop with a net around you. Your partner can dress like a basketball player.

Milkman and Companion: Your partner can dress as the milkman -- white pants, white button down shirt, little white hat, black bow tie, and wear a "Mr. Milkman" name tag and then a larger sign on his back that read "got milk?" You can dress as a 50's housewife. 

Peter and the Pumpkin: Be a pumpkin (orange shirt, leafs in my hair). Your partner can dress as Peter Peter Pumpkin eater with flannel cut off shirt, suspenders, paint around his mouth and pumpkin seeds.

First Trimester Ideas

cat-in-the-hat with thing 1, 2 and 3No need to hide your exciting news! Take advantage of this once in a (your baby's anyway) lifetime and have your costume announce to all that you're expecting!

Cat in the Hat: Turn a hat, bow tie, gloves and a bit of felt into a fun way to announce your pregnancy.

Spaghetti and Meatballs: Dress as a bottle of spaghetti sauce (Preggo™ is a good choice). The expiration date on the jar can be your due date. Your husband can be the spaghetti and kids meatballs.

Present: Dress up as a present. Decorations can include pacifier, stuffed animal, bibs. Have the tag say "Do not open until ... your due date!"

Bean Sprout: Paint a sprouting bean or small seedling on a t-shirt (or belly). If the word wasn't out, it will be now!

The Naughty Side

preggo bump or beer belly?*Warning* If your parents or in-laws are invited over, this option may not be the best costume category for you! These tend to leave some shaking their head (or their finger)... but we admit they still make us giggle!

Beer belly: A trip to a local thrift store can transform you to a man with a beer gut. Your partner can dress as a woman. Here's how to pull it off:

  • Attire
    • Round up a white tank top, pair of ragged jeans and an old hat
    • From a gag shop, get a pair of cigarettes and goatee
  • Authenticate your costume
    • Talk your partner into shaving his chest (he'll want a smooth chest as your "old lady")
    • using craft glue, get the hair to stick to your chest, belly and underarms
  • Putting it all together
    • Fix your face
    • Arrange your clothes around the belly. An unbuckled belt accents the bump well
    • Add a fake cigarette and carry a beer bottle
    • Practice a manly swagger before leaving the house

Bride: Don an old wedding dress or t-shirt and cut-offs and be a shot gun wedding bride. Partner can be a reluctant groom.

Nun: Dress up as a pregnant nun. Your partner can accompany as a priest.

Playboy Bunny: Bunny ears, fishnet stockings, and that cute bump make this costume.

For the Baby-making Crowd

Trying to conceive can sometimes become a bit of a chore. Why not lighten up and have some fun with it this season -- even if it is only the two of you that are in on the joke!

Baker-to-be: Dress in a baker's outfit. Your name tag can say, "Baker-to-be."

Gardener
Pumpkin, beans, peanuts are popular names for little ones in womb. Add those and gardening tools to your costume.

Safety Precautions

Homemade costumes can be flammable. Be safe with this precautions:

  • Stay away from naked flames
  • Use naturally flame-proof materials where possible
  • Have a fire retardant base layer
  • Design your costume for quick escape. Cut the sides and then velcro up the costume so it can be easily ripped off in the event of a fire.

Practical Tips

  • Think cool: Keep in mind how long you will be wearing your costume.
  • Easy in and out: More frequent bathroom trips are the "new norm" for mommy-to-be (often with a 30 second warning window!) Pick a costume that doesn't make those trips more difficult!
  • Comfort: Beware of choosing something restrictive and confining. Being miserable even while looking great, is't worth it!

Have fun! Whatever you choose, remember to enjoy yourself and your baby. You're already a "treat" for all those around you!

A special thanks to Coolest Homemade Maternity Costumes, MrsMangoBabe and other Pregnancy.org members for sharing ideas and images.

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