Spooky season is officially here, meaning it's almost time to run straight to Halloweentown. The most important part of celebrating Oct. 31 is having a great plus-size Halloween costume. If you plan on winning any competitions this year, you need to get your look on lock, and trust me, the possibilities are truly endless this year.
Even though Halloween is probably the most anticipated holiday of fall (no offense, Thanksgiving), that doesn't mean that you have a costume prepared. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that picking a costume is the hardest part of Halloween — one most people put off until the last second. But that's not a good enough reason to not dress up. From going all out in the latest pop-culture garb that's sure to impress your friends to a cozy onesie that's perfect for cuddling up on the couch to marathon horror movies, there are a ton of amazing costumes out there. The last thing you want to do is scramble for a last-minute Halloween costume.
Even if you don't know how you're going to be celebrating this year, you can still make sure your All Hallows’ Eve is spent in style, with as much or as little effort as you want. Here are some plus-size Halloween costumes guaranteed to make people scream.
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1. Harry Styles from the "Watermelon Sugar" Music Video Costume
You love Harry Styles. I love Harry Styles. That's just how the world works. You can spend your Halloween as the gorgeous singer by dressing up in his initial "Watermelon Sugar" outfit. RhymesWithHappy makes a nearly identical Crocheted Top ($50, Etsy), and you can pair it with maroon pants and blue sunglasses for a spot-on Styles look.
2. Raven from Teen Titans Costume
Raven was pretty much the coolest character of my entire childhood, so she deserves all the attention. The telekinetic also makes for a nostalgic costume that will have everyone at the party saying, "Azarath Metrion Zinthos." Snag a full Raven costume ($49, Mic Costume) to make things easy.
3. Heather Rae Young Costume
Girl boss alert. For all my Selling Sunset fans, why not go as the seller of L.A., Heather Rae Young. I'd personally go with the ASOS Blazer ($56, ASOS) and Nasty Gal's Mini Dress ($25, Nasty Gal), as they're both pieces I would wear again. Although this is a very easy costume to make work, I'd recommend having a planner or binder in hand so people can see you're serious about your real estate.
4. A Bat Costume
What I love about Costume Center’s Bat Costume ($31, Costume Center) is that it mixes being cozy with being seductive. The romper style and fuzzy fabric mean you’ll be comfy all night long and maybe won’t even totally freeze. It's truly a best-of-both-worlds costume.
5. A Halloween-Themed Dress
Maybe you don't love dressing up, but you’re looking for something that says you're still down with the holiday. The solution for you is this super cute Neon Bat Mesh Dress ($10, Rosegal). You'll still be looking spooky, but you won't get stuck explaining your Halloween costume all night.
6. Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas Costume
If Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, I'm pretty sure that makes Sally the Queen. You can get her patchwork look with Torrid's Sally Lace-up Skater Dress ($70, Torrid). To show off your makeup skills, try Evelina Forsell’s makeup tutorial to really seal the Nightmare Before Christmas look.
7. Cardi B in "WAP" Costume
"WAP" is still the most powerful song of all time, and its status in pop culture isn’t wavering. If you feel like going for an all-out provocative costume this Halloween, the music video is rife with ideas. I personally love Cardi B's leopard print look, and although it’s is a toned-down version, you can recreate it by loading up the animal prints.
8. Ursula Costume
When it comes to Disney villains, it doesn’t get much more iconic than Ursula. Her energy is simply unmatched, and with Yandy's Sea With Costume ($28, Yandy), you can channel all of her unshakeable confidence. No one will think you’re a poor, unfortunate soul in this velvet number.
9. Slightly-More-Than-A-Sheet Ghost Costume
While you can’t go wrong with the typical sheet ghost look, you can take it a step further with 7th Avenue Costumes’ Jersey Dress ($45, 7th Avenue Costumes). The webbed cape style will flounce with every arm move you make, so you’ll love dancing the night away.
10. A Spooky, Scary Skeleton Costume
Another great way to be at your coziest and still show some leg is the Leg Avenue Cozy Skeleton Hoodie ($40, Walmart). Whether you’re going out to a party or having a movie marathon on your couch, this look will work with both options. The best part is, you can wear this fleece, zip-up hoodie dress long before and after Oct. 31.
11. Dani from Bly Manor Costume
Lest we forget the must-see horror show of 2020, The Haunting of Bly Manor has a ton of characters you can copy — you can even do tons of couples’ costumes with your partner. I personally love Dani and her mom jeans. Forever 21's Mom Jeans ($16, Forever 21) and Habands’ Sweater ($25, Haband) in lavender will have you ready to nanny two creepy children in the British countryside.
12. A Love Island Contestant Costume
Get one last use of your favorite swimsuit before putting it away until next summer by going as a Love Island contestant this Halloween. There's no way you'll be mugged off by pairing your bikini with a Slinky Duster Jacket ($38, PrettyLittleThing) — it'll even keep you from freezing in the cold... kinda.
13. Velma from Scooby-Doo Costume
Jinkies! TikTok’s love of Velma is still going strong, and you can get in on it with Halloween Costumes’ Velma Costume ($55, Halloween Costumes). It includes the sweater, glasses, skirt, and socks, so all you need to really sell your teenage sleuth look is Ezcosplay’s Velma Wig ($16, Ezcosplay).
14. A Shark Costume
Finally, a costume you can wear straight from the party to bed. You'll want to wear this Shark Onesie ($31, Onesie Buy) all the time, but it also works perfectly for Halloween. The baggy fit will ensure you feel like you're entirely wrapped up in a blanket every time you wear this.
15. Folklore-era Taylor Swift Costume
Between Folklore and Evermore, the past year has been 100% Taylor Swift-approved. You can channel her new, cottagecore aesthetic by recreating her nightgown and cardigan combo from her “Cardigan” music video. You’ll get all the pop culture points while feeling totally comfy.
16. A Cheetah Girls Costume
Going as a Cheetah Girl is great, because it combines loungewear with a nostalgic callback to your favorite childhood movie. You can look like any of your favorite characters with a Woman Within Velour Hoodie Set ($50, Woman Within) and rue21’s Leopard Print Tank ($8, rue21). Get a few of your friends in on this costume to become the perfect girl group.
17. A Flapper Girl Costume
The 2020s have been pretty rough so far, to say the least, but it’s also the best time to channel the roaring '20s. You can give a shoutout to the past and the future with Hot Topic's Flapper Dress ($41, Hot Topic). Hopefully, you’ll be going to some swinging parties eventually, too.
18. Cher from Clueless Costume
Cher has been a fashion icon since she first graced screens, and she still is to this day. With Leg Avenue's Clueless Costume ($56, Fearless Apparel) everyone who sees you will be totally bugging. All you need now is Dionne by your side.
19. French Maid Meets Lolita Costume
TikTok has made this updated French Maid look into a viral sensation. It’s a little bit of the vintage style, a little Lolita, and a little harajuku. With Modakawa’s Maid Ruffle Dress ($50, Modakawa), the reviews speak for themselves. “One of the best maid dresses I’ve gotten,” one reviewer wrote.
20. Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice Costume
Beetlejuice is just one of the many beloved Halloween movies, and while a few of the characters from it are costume-able favorites, Lydia Deetz is one of the best. Often referred to as a “goth girl” in the film, Winona Ryder’s character has a few memorable looks; however, none go has hard as her red, tulle-filled wedding dress.
21. Avocado Costume
Pay homage to your favorite food by dressing up as it this Halloween. TBDress’ metallic, Lurex Jumpsuit ($55, TBDress) is something you’ll wear to any fancy event in your future, but pop on a brown circle on your middle, and bam! You’re the best looking avocado I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen plenty).
22. A Lava Lamp Costume
For those looking for a subtle, cool-kid costume, a lava lamp look may be just what you need. Using a super trendy psychedelic shirt, black skirt, and bucket hat, you’ll look like you belong in a ‘70s apartment in no time.
23. A Fembot Costume
It doesn’t get any groovier or sexier than a fembot costume. But, there’s more to the Austin Powers characters than just that. These femme fatales have secret boob-guns, which is pretty sick.
24. Bella Swan Costume
Every day is a good day to Twihard, and Halloween is no different. For her first day of classes, Bella Swan made waves in her very stylish bowling shirt; a grey, long-sleeve undershirt; and black jeans. Play your cards right and you may also end up with a werewolf and a vampire fighting over you by the end of the night.
25. A Romantic Bridgerton Costume
You’ll be the belle of the ball by taking a Bridgerton-inspired costume route. The show led to a surge of regencycore fashion, but you can take it further with a pair of long gloves and a sweeping gown. Just hope that you don’t make Whistledown for the wrong reasons.
26. Scream Costume
Give a shout out to one of the most climatic openings of any horror movie by going as Drew Barrymore in Scream. While you may need to brush up on your scary movie trivia before answering the phone in this look, you can recreate Casey’s look with Rue21’s White Sweater ($33, Rue21) and LightInTheBox’s Blonde Wig ($11, LightInTheBox).
27. Flapper Costume
Given the fact that we’re back in the ‘20s, Unique Vintage’s Flapper Dress ($48.99, Unique Vintage) is definitely a fitting outfit for your Halloween festivities. However, the best part is that after Oct. 31 is over, you can wear this look to a slew of other events.
28. Winx Club Costume
For another throwback look to get the girls going, dress as one of the Winx Club members. These fairies rocked Y2K fashion, and you can too. A matching set in the color of your choosing, like this two-piece from boohoo ($16, boohoo), and a set of wings ($19.99, Party City) will have you ready to take on all the dangers of the Trix.
29. Grease Costume
Pull up “Beauty School Dropout” and practice your angelic dance moves in this Grease costume ($49.99, HalloweenCostumes.com). It even comes with a headpiece, so you don’t have to figure out how to create a beehive of rollers on your own.
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