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Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.


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Plus-Size Halloween Costumes

Halloween is an opportunity for adults to indulge in a little dress up magic, play and pretend.  Whether attending a Halloween costume party or handing candy out to neighborhood children at the door, dressing up in costume can be lots of fun.

Plus size costumes are difficult to find off-line, although many use a little creativity and make their own with the simple addition of an accessory or two.  Inspiration can come from television and movies, classic stories and fairytales, history, and popular culture. Those with a dark, fantasy edge are perennial favorites, but sweet, light and funny characters can also be part of Halloween. 

Pin up looks can be created from a combination of lingerie retailers and vintage fashion retailers for those looking for sexier costumes.  Vintage style dresses can also form the basis of a variety of looks from saucy to simply glam.

Victoriana, goth and steampunk styles can form the fun foundation for a number of innovative costuming looks and are getting more widely available in larger sizes with the current trends. 


Halloween Costuming: Lady of the Dead Costume, Size S - 3X
Size S - 3X

Halloween Costuming: Lace Butterfly Mask | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Unicorn Costume, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Size 1X - 3X

Wonder Woman Skater Dress, Size L - 6X
Size L - 6X


Shopping Resources for Adult Plus-Size Costumes

Torrid has licensing agreements with many of the big entertainment franchises and will often carry items such as popular super hero and Disney movie inspired dresses, Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and popular television show inspired pieces.  It is also a good resource for items with a goth twist that can be good for costuming.  Closer to the Halloween season they often offer pre-designed costume kits and accessories for size L to 6X.

Other plus specialty stores will sometimes offer Halloween costuming in September and October, although consistency from year-to-year is spotty.  For 2017 Ashley Stewart has debuted a collection which is selling quickly for size 1X to 5X, including classics such as witches and saucy maids along with more creative ideas.

For adult sexy looks, including some steampunk styles check plus lingerie retailer Hips & Curves in size 1X to 6X.  In addition to some gorgeous corsets and fun accessories, they also carry Victoriana inspired fashion such as bustle skirts, mermaid skirts, vintage bloomers, fantasy wigs, and other items that can create some fantastic, imaginative costuming looks. This is also the best spot for fishnets and stockings.


Halloween Costuming: Leopard Kitty Costume, Size 1X - 5X
Size 1X - 5X

Halloween Costuming: Gypsy | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Size 1X - 3X

Halloween Costuming: Beaded Flapper Dress, Size 2X - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Size 2X - 4X

Gothic Ghost, Size 16 - 24W
Size 16 - 24W


Pirate, gypsy, renaissance, steampunk and medieval costuming is often available all year at Pyramid Collection in sizes to 28W, in addition to some unusual shoes, wigs, and accessories that can be used for costuming. Velvet gown, sweeping capes, and frothy lace are staples alongside fun accessories such as Maleficent horns, Cruella da Ville wigs, steampunk cat masks, and dark sorceress accessories. 

The big box super retailers such as Target, Kohls, and Walmart carry many more options for Halloween costumes on-line than in many of their in store locations, with super fast and often free shipping becoming a feature of their on-line shopping offerings.  Options for men, children, pets and women usually up to 3X with the occasional 4X here and there are well represented from pop culture and movie characters to more iconic Halloween looks.

Those looking to create vintage, mid-20th century looks will want to check out eShakti which carries everything from size 0 to 36W.   While Modcloth is the spot to create the classic school girl costume look for size S to 4X,  shoes and accessories are particularly fabulous and unique here and can inspire some innovative looks.

Meanwhile Unique Vintage is a resource for swing and rockabilly looks. Their Gatsby flapper dresses are pricey but absolutely to die for, and a great choice for more upscale costume parties. Sizes run for XS to 4X.




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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site.



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