Plus Size Halloween Costumes
More Than Ghosts and Goblins
Like other times of the year, Halloween has become a commercial event. That is not always a bad thing, especially for plus size women like myself.
I have had the opportunity to look through many costume sites since I first started writing for BellaOnline's Large and Lovely site nine years ago and then for my plus size shopping blogs. Being a commercialized event means there are more options out there for plus size shoppers than ever, and even more choices than before thanks to the Internet; although, like other areas in the plus size clothing industry, there is always room for improvement.
What follows is a listing of retailers who offer plus size costumes in an array of styles and sizes from sexy to spooky. I have limited the choices to ones I think are actually worth your time.
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Flapper Video Review
My friend Lana helped me review a plus size flapper outfit from HalloweenCostumes.com on my shopping blog. The first video provides a little ambiance (and for fun) while in the second she shares what she thinks of it (halfway through I changed the format while filming not realizing the iPod would not change).
Buy Costumes - Style, selection, and service...
Buy Costumes does have a huge selection of costumes. There are well over 100 in plus size styles to choose from. The usual pirates and vampires as well as some unique ones like Tracy Turnblad and Edna from Hairspray, Marilyn Monroe, Mermaid, Egyptian Queen, Wilma, Batgirl, Alice and Irish Lass (see sizing). They also have a huge assortment of vampire, witch, and pirate styles.
They have a sin bin for quick purchases and always have a great promotion running during peak seasons like September to October. If you find you purchase a lot of costumes throughout the year you would benefit from signing up to their newsletter to get regular promotions in your in-box.
More than Books
I know, I never would have thought of Amazon for plus size costumes either but I did a search for "plus size Halloween costumes" and turned up three pages. They have options for a witch, queen of hearts, hot devil mama, mafia mamma, roaring twenties, baroness, maverick saloon girl, a few pirates, a goddess, supergirl and many more.
Sexy or Spooky?
How do you like your Halloween costumes?
Hips and Curves - Putting the sexy into treating...
Hips and Curves normally specializes in plus size lingerie like chemises, teddies, bustiers etc. But they also like to join in on celebrations like Halloween except with a higher dose of sexy than your average costume shop.
As it gets closer to the fall they can have anywhere from ten to twenty styles plus accessories to choose from. Past costumes have included: Queen of Hearts, Sexy Pirate, Treasure Hunter, Eve of Seduction, Miss Hellen Back, and the typical sexy nurse. They also have some nifty accessories like the sexy witch hat, satin pop-up hat, fairy wings, fingerless gloves and cat ears.
"Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story."
~ Mason Cooley
The History of Halloween in 3 Minutes - By National Geographic
The National Geographic Channel did this amazing three minute video that loads lots of lore and still manages to entertain and educate. Hope you learn something new!
What are the Hottest Costumes Right Now?
- Twilight Spoofs
- Game of Thrones
- Bollywood Beauty
- And Pirates of course!
"Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."
~ William Shakespeare (Macbeth)
Costume Craze - Time to get crazy...
There are over 100 plus size costume styles to choose from some of which I have never seen before. There were lots of fairies, a couple different styles of pirates, batgirl, southern belle, Viking woman, wonder woman (pictured), super girl and many princesses. Read the fine print as the costume may not be all you see -- some have added accessories.
Big Gals Lingerie
More than leather and lace...
The title is a bit misleading because they offer more than a few cheap thrills. They have every day sexy costumes for the bedroom and club but near fall they still keep it sexy but offer out and about costumes. Their prices range from reasonable to expensive and they offer sizes 1x to 12x. You will find the Queen of Pop, pimps, devils, witches, super heroes, nurses, and much more. And yes, displayed with plus size models.
Hot! Hot! Hot!
They carry a regular line of sexy fashion forward clothing for the trendy plus size woman with attitude. In the fall they like to carry a special line of costumes. It is not a huge selection but it's popular. This year they have Pirate, Can Can Girl, Queen Wonderland, Race Car Driver, Kitty, Super Hero (Wonder Woman-ish), Retro Flight Attendant, Miss Mouse, Zombie Queen, and Bubble Bee.
Torrid also has some of the best boots to complete vampire, witch, or pirate looks.
"Where there is no imagination there is no horror."
~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10 Last Minute Costume Ideas
You didn't plan ahead. The stores are closed and you need a costume quick. Time to look through your closet and see what you can come up with.
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Before you go give us an idea of what kind of costumes you were looking for and why? Or just leave a warm fuzzy, we like those too.