What to Be for Halloween When You’re About to Be a “Mummy”
Finding the perfect Halloween costume takes on a whole new twist when you’re pregnant. And there are a slew of ways to go completely wrong. Fortunately, you can avoid almost all problems by avoiding:
(1) Costumes that are too inappropriate. I’m not a huge fan of revealing costumes in general, so I would advise you to walk away from the skimpy Catholic school girl look, complete with bared midriff!
(2) Costumes that are gruesome. Chances are, if it involves covering your belly with fake blood and/or gore, it might be a bit too far. You don’t want to frighten children, after all!
But fear not! There are oodles of options for the best maternity Halloween costumes that are flattering, creative, and funny.
FOCUS ON THE BUMP
How many times have you heard “It looks like you have a little basketball under your shirt!” Or, less politely, “Looks like you swallowed a watermelon over there!”? So many women hear this throughout their pregnancies, so why not own it for Halloween? If you feel comfortable with bearing your belly, grab some paint brushes, skin-safe paint and either an artsy friend or a big mirror and decorate that baby bump (but I must say, it’s a little unsettling to see the woman chowing down on watermelon while decorating her bump as one!)
Love this bun in the oven idea, especially when dad gets involved:
These are great for taking your older kids trick or treating – easy to wear, but still festive. Here’s one of my favorites:
A BIT CHEEKY
It’s one thing to dress as a nun for Halloween; it’s quite another thing to dress as a nun when you are pregnant! This also works with bridal gowns. But DON’T take the school girl/Girl Scout route, as some moms I saw. Remember, you want people to chuckle not gasp.
I was surprised at how many costumes use the idea of a baby trying to break free from the womb. Virtually all of them were way too gruesome for my taste, but if that appeals to you here is a pretty tame version of the concept:
If you’re still stumped, here are some of my favorite celeb Halloween costumes, from Beyonce showing off her Queen Bee style to Jessica Simpson’s mummified pregnancy announcement. And you can’t forget the year Jen Garner channeled her inner witch while wearing the Rosie Pope Maternity Natalie Dress in black! (great alternative here).