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These homemade plus size Halloween costume ideas and tips will help you find the right costume for your October 31 celebration! You’ll look awesome and feel comfortable in your costume, which is super important.

7 Halloween Costume Tips for Plus Size Women

Plus Size Halloween Costume

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!).

Rubie’s Costume Company’s Secret Wishes DC Comics Wonder Woman Plus Size Adult Costume is an awesome way to assert your power, strength, and beauty on Halloween! It’s available on Amazon for less than $40, and it’s received tons of positive reviews. Plus size costumes can be just as sexy and fun as “skinny” costumes.

Several “Quips and Tips” readers have asked for Halloween costume tips and ideas for overweight women and teens. Here are more Halloween costume tips for plus size people, including overweight children and pregnant women…

Halloween Costume Tips for Plus Size Women

I sprinkled ideas for Halloween costumes along with links to actual Halloween costumes on Amazon. If October 31 is right around the corner, you’ll need to get your costume going asap – or you’ll need to buy a plus size Halloween costume right away. I also like the costumes on BuyCostumes.com, so I linked to their website a couple times. I hope your creativity is sparked when you read through these homemade plus size costume ideas for Halloween.

Don’t hide behind a giant M & M peanut costume, or a Santa Claus costume for overweight women.

Fortune Teller Gypsy Costume for Women

ideas for halloween costumes for women plus size

7 Halloween Costume Ideas for Plus Size Women

Use your imagination when you’re deciding on a Halloween costume – whether you’re going for horrific, cute, or sexy! A In Character Costumes’ Fortuneteller Dress is comfortable and flattering, and you can easily make it from what you find at a thrift store, or even in your own closet. It’s one of my favorite Halloween costumes for women, because I’ve always fancied myself a gypsy :-)

“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror,” said Sir Author Conan Doyle. Use your imagination when you’re searching for a Halloween costume, and make your curves work for you. Don’t hide in a shapeless costume made for plus size women who are don’t like how they look. Read my easy homemade Halloween costumes for women of all sizes if you don’t find what you’re looking for here.

20s Flapper Plus Size Halloween Costume for Women

California Costumes Women’s Fashion Flapper is a fun, comfortable Halloween costume idea for plus size women. Remember the movie All That Jazz? It’s from the same era! This fashion flapper Hallowen costume for women is available on Amazon, and comes with a black fringed dress and sequined headband with feather. Shoes, stockings, gloves, jewelry, cigarette holder and boa not included.

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.

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Plus Size Halloween Costumes for Women

Greek Goddess Halloween costume for plus size women

California Costumes’s Athenian Goddess Costume will make you feel like a beauty queen! 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 BuyCostumes.com, make sure there’s a clear return policy — in case you don’t like it, or you find something better in the meantime. Here’s an assortment of awesome plus-size costumes on BuyCostumes, to give you tips and ideas.

Look on e-Bay for Halloween costumes for overweight women

If you go to e-Bay.com 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!

When I feel creative and crafty, I’ll go to a thrift store to buy Halloween costume accessories and props. 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.

Red Riding Hood Plus Sex Appeal

California Costume’s Women’s Plus-Size Dark Red Riding Hood is another beautiful costume for women on the plus side. It’s a sophisticated and seductive take on a classic storybook character. The dark red riding hood costume is composed of a one-piece dress, matching long flowing cloak and comes with a plaid black and red hanky. Boots, glovelettes, and basket are not included in the set from Amazon.

To find the costume accessories not included with costume when you buy it online, try Value Village. My favorite place to shop for Halloween costumes is Value Village. It takes time to find the right Halloween accessories – 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!

overweight women halloween costume ideas

Plus Size Tavern Costume

Middle Ages Tavern Halloween Costume for Women

The Women’s Plus-Size Tavern Maiden Halloween is thought to be sexy by many. I love the bodice, and how comfortable this costume for overweight women is. If you have the right clothes in your closet, this wouldn’t be a difficult costume to make.

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 homemade plus size Halloween costume ideas and tips, read Going to a Costume Party? 11 Creative Costume Ideas From Your Closet.

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

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These homemade plus size Halloween costume ideas and tips will help you find the right costume for your October 31 celebration! You'll look awesome and be comfortable, too.
laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen (but I wish my name was Rosie Frost!). I'm a bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer. My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

Are you happy? My Grade 10 Social Studies teacher, Mr Merritt, always used to ask me that. And I am happy - despite a difficult childhood (schizophrenic mother, no father, foster homes), infertility, an eating disorder, and a chronic illness. The source of my peace and joy is God; I'm a Christian.

How is your life unfolding - what do you need? I welcome your big and little comments below, about big or little things. I can't give you advice, but writing can give you clarity and insight.

In peace and passion.... Laurie

  4 Responses to “11 Halloween Costume Ideas 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.