Dress Up Like Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice

If you are looking for a good Barbara Maitland costume for Halloween or a big cosplay event, here’s the winning formula for creating the most exciting outfit of the party! Let’s see how to dress up as Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice.


Costume-Barbara Maitland-Beetlejuice

Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice Costume Guide

Shopping List for Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice Costume & Outfit

Every Halloween or dress up party should have at least one Tim Burton character, and no movie is more fitting to take one of those characters from, than 1988’s Beetlejuice. Why not take inspiration from the movie’s costumes, designed by Aggie Guerard Rodgers and create your own Barbara Maitland costume.

Dress Up Like Barbara Maitland - Beetlejuice
Newlyweds and newly dead, Adam and Barbara Maitland get in over their heads when they ask for Beetlejuice to help them rid their house of its new owners in 1988 movie Beetlejuice. Warner Bros. Pictures.

Who are Adam and Barbara Maitland

Cult classic Beetlejuice’s newlyweds Adam and Barbara Maitland are just a normal couple, who also happen to be dead. Killed in a car crash, it really is just as well Barbara loves her country home as that’s where she is haunting. Life for the ghost was so simple when her biggest issue was that she couldn’t properly clean her house because her hoover is in the garage. Now their home that they still live in, even if no one can see them, has been sold and the Deetz family are moving in. 

“What’s the good of being a ghost if you can’t frighten people away?”

~ – Barbara Maitland

We have already explained in detail how to Dress Up Like Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice

In the following, we will show you how to create a convincing Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice look. Have fun!

Getting The Barbara Beetlejuice Look

How to get the Costume of Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice
Costume inspo: Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice in a pink floral dress

Barbara is a woman of simple pleasures, which can easily be seen in the way she dresses. Start your Barbara Maitland costume off with a pink floral print dress. You are looking for something quite modest, to fit the character, so go for long sleeves, a midi length and a high neckline. Add a pair of ballet flats in a pale pink or nude color to finish the main look.

It was the era of big hair, and even bigger perms so get yourself a wig for your Barbara Maitland costume. Go for a long, curly wig in a brown color, making sure the permed curls have some real volume and bounce. Do a simple make-up look to accompany your wig. Barbara has a slight innocent look to her, so use soft colors on your cheeks and eyelids and a pink on your lips. Go in with a bit of eyeliner around your eyes though, to give them a wide doe eyed expression just like naive Barbara.  

Get Barbara Maitland Mask

Anders Sterner shows you how simple it is to make your own Adam and Barbara masks to really complete your Beetlejuice inspired Halloween costumes.

The Barbara Maitland costume we are recreating, also has a scary mask. The open mouthed mask, with a tongue and eyes inside it, is a famous prop from the movie so should be relatively easy to find a replica of. Have a look online if you don’t have any fancy dress stores nearby. Or if you are feeling very adventurous you could try to make your own.  

Adam and Barbara Maitland Masks from Beetlejuice available here

It isn’t until our Newlyweds return home and find a copy of, Handbook for the Recently Deceased, that they start to suspect they might actually be dead. So add one to your Barbara Maitland costume and pop on a simple gold band wedding ring, so all the other ghosts know you are a married woman. 

Missing an Outfit Inspo? Submit your idea and we’ll make it happen!