Pregnant Halloween Costumes

Pregnant Halloween Costumes
Cool/creepy costume from Etsy shop The Other Mothers
Pregnant Halloween Costumes
Cool/creepy costume from Etsy shop The Other Mothers

With my kids headed back to school this week, somehow it seems time (already?!) to turn my thoughts to Halloween. My kids’ minds have been there for weeks—both boys wanted to go with a Star Wars theme this year, and so we’ve got a 5-year-old Luke Skywalker and a 3-year-old Darth Vader ready to go.  They’re psyched, but I’m a little bummed, as I secretly kind of like doing a theme for the whole family, and where does Star Wars leave me this year? As a pregnant Princess Leia? (Admittedly there could totally be a pregnant character in Star Wars that I don’t know about—feel free to enlighten me!)

Last year, I was desperate for my then-2-year-old to wear a super-cute French fry costume from Etsy, so I was delighted to find a cozy, warm cheeseburger costume for my then-4-year-old from Old Navy. My husband dressed head-to-toe in mustard yellow and was, you guessed it: mustard, while I dressed head-to-toe and red and went as ketchup. Cute, right? Crazy, also, right?

This year, though, I don’t know if we’ll rock the family theme, despite my husband being willing to don a Star Wars costume for the afternoon—and it’s because of me. This is the only time around when I’ll have been pregnant enough to warrant doing a funny pregnant Halloween costume, and I don’t want to miss my opportunity—I mean, I’ll be seven months pregnant by then—dressing up a bump that big has got to be funny, right?

But alas, I’m in need of inspiration. I’ve been poking around online looking for ideas, like these 25 from the always-funny Pregnant Chicken, but I still haven’t found anything that I love. Bun in the oven? Painted basketball/Easter egg belly? Meh.  I found another idea in a forum of dressing up in all-black with two vertical lines on my belly to go as a “pregnant pause.” Not sure everyone would get it, but it made me giggle. And then there’s this one, shown above, from Etsy shop The Other Mothers ($30). It kind of makes me laugh–but I wonder if it might scare some of the littler kids… So I’m still looking for now.

So, tell me, have you dressed up your bump for Halloween? Will you this year? (I’d really love to hear—and borrow—your creative ideas!)

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Melanie Monroe Rosen is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and mom of two boys, ages 3 and 5, who is currently expecting her third (and very much final) baby in early 2013. A former senior editor at, Melanie was surprised to discover that all of her experience breastfeeding, homebirthing, babywearing, co-sleeping, and cloth diapering actually counted as professional experience. She’s a big fan of reading both Scandinavian mystery novels (to herself) and favorite chapter books from her childhood, like those by Roald Dahl (to her kids).


  1. If you want to stick with the Star Wras theme….Luke and Leia’s mom was pregnant in the 3rd movie of the most recent ones made. Queen Amidala is her name….she usually had quite the elaborate outfits on….just Google her. 🙂

  2. I dressed up as a clown to match my 4 year old son last Halloween. I was 7 months pregnant but looked 9 months pregnant. The costume was a last second idea but it turned out well. I had a 2x sweat shirt light blue, crazy stripped pj bottoms pinks/red, crazy hat from high school (ordered from oriental tradings) on top of a rainbow clown wig my son refused to wear, and clown face paint…. The part that brought it together was my suspenders…. I made them from a pink elastic fetal monitoring band from one of my hospital visits. The band is the style similar to an adjustable waist band. I cut it down the middle and had 2 bands in the front going to one in the back. The big prego belly was the clown’s big belly. It was funny to watch people realize the belly was real and not some hoop band.

  3. I love the doll with the face and hands coming out, hilarious! My only idea ever was a pregnant nun, nice and warm, but I think the doll is much better…

  4. My son was born just before Halloween, so I didn’t get to rock a pregnant Halloween costume. I wanted to be a pregnant Vestal Virgin from the movie History of the World Part 1. I guess you could consider this a twist on the pregnant nun look. Below are some costumes to give you an idea. As an added bonus, you could wear a sign below your belly that says “Do Not Enter.”

  5. My friend went as a pregnant cat. Black, tight outfit, ear and tails. She cut the outfit and poked 6 bottle nipples through. Came out very funny 🙂 (adult costume party)


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