Aug 252009
overweight halloween costumes

Lady in Lavender, at Carnevale in Vencie (Photo by Alaskan Dude on flickr)


If you’re not a skinny cover girl, finding the right Halloween costume can be a pain. Here are seven tips for Halloween costumes for plus size women — people who aren’t skinny or lean (like me!).

Several “Quips and Tips” readers have asked for Halloween costume tips and ideas for overweight women and teens. These Halloween costume ideas will work for pregnant women, too.

Before the tips, a quip:

“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” – Sir Author Conan Doyle.

Use your imagination when you’re deciding on a Halloween costume – whether you’re going for horrific, cute, or sexy!

A Fortune Teller Halloween Costume is comfortable and flattering, and you can easily make it from what you find at a thrift store, or even in your own closet.

And, here are more Halloween costume tips for plus size people, including overweight children and pregnant women…

Halloween Costume Tips for Plus Size Women

Wear a costume you feel comfortable in

The best way to have fun on Halloween is to wear a costume you can move around in! Avoid costumes that make you feel stupid or uncomfortable. Sometimes overweight adults and children feel self-conscious – and the last thing you want is to create more of those feelings. Put comfort and happiness ahead of trying to look slim and sleek.

The best Halloween best costume for overweight or pregnant women are ones that fit loosely and comfortably. It’s far better to feel good and happy than to try to look like something you’re not, or hide your body in heavy, suffocating costume layers!

Search the internet for plus size Halloween costumes

If you don’t have time to create your own costume for that October 31st party, search the internet for terms such as “Halloween costumes overweight people”, or “pregnant women costumes.”

If you buy a costume online from a site such as, make sure there’s a clear return policy — in case you don’t like it, or you find something better in the meantime.

Give e-Bay a try

If you go to and search for “plus size Halloween” or “Halloween costumes for overweight women”, you’ll find pages of possibilities. Start your bidding early, because costumes sell fast!

I think it’s better to go to a thrift store to buy Halloween costumes. They cost less, and you leave the store knowing exactly what your costume consists of. If you do buy a costume from e-Bay, make sure you get a written warranty. If you can’t return it, make sure you have a guarantee in writing that you can return it.

My favorite place to shop for Halloween costumes is Value Village. It takes time to find the right one – and it may take more than one shopping trip – but you can make it fun if you take a friend who likes trying on different, funky, creative costumes!

Create a costume that represents a plus size person or thing

Strut your stuff, my friend! Princess Fiona from Shrek, Santa Claus, a pumpkin, or Mimi from the Drew Carey show are great examples of easy Halloween costumes for overweight adults and children. Even men can dress up as Mimi – and a local thrift store would have everything you need!

For more ideas, read Creative Halloween Costumes for Women, Girls, and Couples.

Avoid heavy, hot Halloween costumes

It’s not a good idea to wear an animal mascot or similar heavy costume. Make sure your costume has layers that you can remove if you get hot — especially if you’re a pregnant woman. Also, make sure your Halloween costume isn’t too tight-fitting. You need room to move and breathe!

The 1/2 Devil,1/2 Angel Halloween Costume is a fun costume – especially if you’re a pregnant woman!

Browse the thrift stores

I know I said it before, but it’s worth repeating!

The Value Village thrift store chain has an amazing selection of Halloween costumes every year – and those costumes fit both regular and overweight adults. Grab a friend and spend the afternoon browsing the racks for creative Halloween costume ideas.

Accept yourself, and have fun with your Halloween costume

Being overweight or plus size can be draining or embarrassing, but don’t let your weight stop you from having a great time at Halloween. If you’re gritting your teeth as you shop for plus size costumes, you won’t enjoy yourself…and you deserve to have a good time on October 31, my friends.  So, find ways to have fun with your Halloween costume and accept yourself for who you are.

For more costume ideas, read Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Women.

If you have any thoughts on these Halloween costume tips for plus size women, please comment below.

  4 Responses to “7 Halloween Costume Tips for Plus Size Women”

  1. Being “plus size” doesn’t mean you can’t rock out in a great Halloween costume! When I was overweight, I didn’t want to dress up for Halloween because I felt embarrassed, and I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. LOoking back, I wish I had more guts and self-confidence!

  2. Hi
    I like the part about accepting yourself. There are so many plus size costumes available today that you don’t have to settle. Find a great costume show off your curves and have a blast!

  3. I like this costume idea — thanks for sharing!

  4. Here’s a great Halloween costume idea for women, especially oversize or pregnant:

    Paint a box with red and white stripes and write the words popcorn on the front and sides and back. Glue popped popcorn around the top. Use an upside-down popcorn bucket for a hat and you can be a popcorn box!

    Have Fun.

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