‘Tis the season! Trying to pick out a Halloween costume can be tough enough, but having to doll up your growing baby bump (while chasing after your other kiddies) can be even more daunting! For DIY inspiration this time of year, take a look back at how pregnant celebrities like Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, and more have gotten creative before heading out to trick-or-treat.
Be busy as a “B” like Beyonce! The “Love on Top” singer looked comfortable in the costume while pregnant with daughter Blue Ivy in 2013. All that’s needed is a black-and-yellow oversized jacket or T-shirt, matching shoes, and paper wings. Beyonce made her look a bit sexier with high heels.
Other options: Stick with comfort! Anyone can throw an outfit together that just involves a specific colored jacket or T-shirt. An expectant mom can wear a red ensemble and cut out circles from black construction paper to become a ladybug. The same goes for candies. An orange shirt and the letter “M” equals an orange M&M!
It’s in the name! Wordplay with a Halloween costume is both adorable and creative. Jessica Simpson confirmed in 2011 that she was expecting her first child by dressing up as a mummy. “It’s true, I’m going to be a mummy!” she captioned the pun pic via her personal site.
Other options: Think outside the box! Another pregnancy term that can be used during the holiday is “Bun in the oven.” Become the oven itself by decorating a cardboard box. Hold it up at just the right angle so your growing baby bump is peaking out of the fake oven glass. (Plastic wrap will do!) A second option is to go as a jar of Prego sauce. Dress all in red and tape a printout of the brand name on your chest.
Make it a couples costume! Hilary Duff and her now estranged husband Mike Comrie went as robbers in 2011. The singer accentuated her baby bump in a tight black-and-white long-sleeve shirt.
Other options: Not controversial enough? You may want to recreate LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian’s look from 2011. The country singer dressed up as a trashy pregnant bride while the two both clutched onto beer cans and cigarettes.
Use what you got! Jennifer Love Hewitt (not expecting at the time) and her then-boyfriend Jarod Einsohn got dolled up as pregnant Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in 2011. The Client List alum donned a replica of Jolie’s famous green Max Azria Atelier gown she wore to the premiere of Kung Fu Panda in 2008. Other memorable pregnant looks that can easily be put together by rummaging through one’s closet is Natalie Portman’s violet Rodarte silk chiffon gown from the 2011 Oscars, and Kim Karadshian’s Givenchy long-sleeve flower dress at the 2013 Met Gala.
Other options: Not big on Halloween, but feel the need to dress up to take the kids around trick-or-treating? Don’t go the extra mile at all. When asked what your costume is, quip: “A pregnant woman.” Easy, snarky, and the truth! Chelsea Handler, although not pregnant in real life, looked cute as a mom-to-be in 2013. “My Halloween costume. Pregnant and excited about it,” she tweeted.
Who wouldn’t want to get away with wearing a tiara for just one day? Gwen Stefani looked gorgeous in a princess-inspired gown while pregnant with her third child in 2011. Expectant women can either wear a tight dress or a flowing bottom that completely covers their baby bump for more comfort. Instead of heading to the sewing machine, however, a quick trip to Party City may be best to find all of your princess essentials.
Other options: Any Disney princess will do! There’s a variety to choose from, and the entire family can get involved. Examples include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and her mice friends Gus, Bruno, and Jaq (if you have other children), or Beauty and the Beast. Your significant other can be Beast while other loved ones can tag along as Mrs. Potts and Chip.
This is for the mom on the go! Have a last-minute party to attend to and don’t have the slightest idea what to wear? Take a quick gander around your home for a black tablecloth, large hat, knee-high socks, and a broom in your garage. Voila! Your wicked look has arrived, just like the costume Jennifer Garner wore when she was pregnant with baby No. 3 in 2011.
Other options: Grab a white tablecloth instead! Just cut two holes out for eyes and you have yourself a ghost costume.
TV and Movie-Inspired Costumes
It may not have been Halloween, but Britney Spears still stood out! The singer wore a cute top at the premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005 that read: “I have the golden ticket.” The turquoise shirt had an arrow pointing to her growing baby bump. Fan of the film yourself? All you need is a plain shirt from your closet, a black permanent marker, and carry around a chocolate bar for the full effect.
Other options: Pregnant gals often look to 2007’s Juno for inspiration! To dress as Ellen Page’s pregnant teenage character Juno MacGuff, all you need is a pair of jeans, an orange-and-white striped shirt and a zip-up jacket. Make sure to keep your hair up in a ponytail, too. Your husband can also throw on gym clothes to go as Michael Cera’s Paulie Bleeker.
Get out the paint brushes! A popular choice is just painting your bare baby bump as a pumpkin. “Total Pumpkin Smuggler. Happy Halloween! Love, me and the Lil’ Punkin,” Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles captioned her festive look via Twitter in 2012.
Other options: What’s your favorite sport? Head to a costume or crafts store to stock up on a variety of different body paint colors. Whichever ball you decorate your baby bump as (a basketball, softball, soccer ball, football) just make sure you also wear a matching uniform.
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