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Halloween Costumes for “Plus Size” People

What to wear?

     First of all, if you are ‘plus size’ and sensitive about it, pick a different article.  The title says it all… fat people are hard to dress up on Halloween.  I haven’t gone from ‘extra padding’ to ‘fat ass’yet, but I’m big enough that the really cool Batman costume is now looking a bit silly.  Enough so that it has required me to explore other options.  I came up with a few ideas, for both men and women.  Here are some of them… click on the name of the costume for a link; most go to ads, and of course you can use them, but I am in no way promoting or suggesting using any of them.  Rather, i would suggest googling them and looking for ways to make them yourself.  At any rate:

Monk  Ever seen a movie where the monk wasn’t a fat guy?  This costume says less “fat guy” and more “jolly plump guy”

Fred Flinstone

Fred was proof, after all, that there were prehistoric fat guys too.

Beer Keg

Nothing says funny like self depreciating humor, and nothing does that like dressing up as a keg of beer.

Grim Reaper

You wanna tell the angel of death he’s too fat?

Babe Ruth

No self respecting man is gonna make fun of the babe

Fat Elvis

Who better to play big fat Elvis than big fat you?


See the description for ‘Grim Reaper’

Mob Boss

Anyone can look good in pinstripes.

Fat Bastard

OK, this one’s a no brainer.

     It’s easy to do this for guys; as a whole, we don’t have all that hard a time with doing self depreciation.  Women are a bit different; they don’t like to draw attention to being overweight.  If this describes you, and you’re perfectly content with your ‘plus size nurse’ or ‘plus size playboy bunny’ costume, quit laughing at the fat guys and go elsewhere at this point.  The way I see it, big women only have a few choices come Halloween.  One:  Wear the fat version of standard costumes.  Second, wear costumes which aren’t size specific; ergo, a sheet with eye holes.  Third… and this is my favorite… embrace the fact that you are a big girl.  even mock it a bit.  One brilliant way to pull this off is celebrity spoof costumes.  Take Britney Spears and dress a 200 lb. woman as her… finding ways to be just as outlandish and sarcastic as you can muster.

     Plus size roles in movie and television actresses work well, too.  Beyond that, it all depends on how far you’re willing to wander into the realm of sarcasm. 

     If you are simply a plus size woman looking for a bigger costume (Boring!!), here’s your spots to find them.

     If I can offer one word of advice, it would be that Halloween is a holiday that affords us nearly infinite creativity.  Take advantage!  And feel free to leave ideas in the comments… links are ok, just share your ideas!

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  1. cardy

    On October 9, 2009 at 8:44 am

    A good article from you with a lovely touch thanks for the share.

  2. Bo Russo

    On October 9, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I wish I was fat, oh wait…

  3. cutedrishti8

    On October 9, 2009 at 9:12 am

    thanks for this nice share….

  4. Write Easy

    On October 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Haha…interesting! I never really gave this much of a thought. I am not fat but I think I am just starting to notice some symptoms in my wardrobe! :p
    From the religion I am from, we do not celebrate Halloween. So, sorry cant give Halloween tips. But according to me, exact-fit dresses work very well with fat women. They do not make you look bulky the way one looks in overloose dresses.

  5. TenderPoison

    On October 9, 2009 at 11:46 am

    ok – I admit to being plus size (how plus I will not divulge, suffice it to say I can still shop in normal stores…) anyway, I’ve been contemplating this very question for the last few weeks as I have a big Halloween party to attend…I have all sorts of costumes from years past (I design and make them for fun) but this year I thought I’d be a little silly…so I’m going as a “trick-ass ho”….I plan to create a huge stuffed ass, wear a tiny mini skirt with a big studded belt, to which I will attach various novelty “tricks” (disappearing ink, whoopie cushion, squirting flower, etc)…make-up ala transvestite entertainer, skimpy streetwalker clothes and perhaps carry a small “hoe”…haven’t figured it out entirely, but this is the basic idea.

  6. clafleur

    On October 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Funny, interesting, and good info for heavy people.

  7. Jane Benitez

    On October 11, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Love your sense of humor – was a great read.

  8. Lisa

    On September 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I’m definitely on the chunky, bordering on fat-ass, side of plump. I try to embrace it, and last year I was Ursula from the Little Mermaid, which was fantastic! Aside from Miss Piggy (really not my style), can you guys think of any other fat female cartoon or fantasy characters?

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