Five Last Minute Plus Size Halloween Costumes You Can Thrift

There are only about 2 weeks until Halloween, but there’s still time to thrift a great plus size Halloween costume! Here I’ve compiled a list of ideas for simple pieces you can find at nearly any thrift store that will make great costumes with a little alteration or addition of accessories.

  1. Flapper

First, start with a drop-waist dress in a boxy shape, such as this one from QueenBeePlus on Etsy.


Source: QueenBeePlus on Etsy

I love the pleated hem on this one! If the dress you find is plain, you can add fringe from the craft store, or make your costume fancier with accessories!

Just add a cloche style hat, long beaded necklace, and long gloves, like these from NanasCottageHouse, GlamourGalStuff, and ArtDecovaVintage, respectively.


2) Devil / Demon

All you’ll need from the thrift store is any awesome red outfit, like this one from LuvsickPlusVintage on Etsy. The matching jacket really takes it to another level!


Source: LuvsickPlus on Etsy

To complete the costume, all you’ll need are some horns. You can buy them pretty much anywhere that sells Halloween costumes, but if you want something more unique, there are some great handmade options on Etsy! Here are two of my favorites: a smaller red glitter pair from SteamWolf, and a big fancy pair of demon horns from CoquettishlyAdorned.


3. Cruella de Vil

Cruella is rarely seen without her iconic fur coat, usually in white or, *gulp* dalmatian print. Get yourself a vintage coat that ISN’T made out of puppies, and wear it over a sexy black dress. I love this reversible coat from CircusCatVintage on Etsy.

Source: CircusCatVintage on Etsy

To complete the look, add red lipstick, a two-toned wig, and a stuffed dalmatian toy.

4. Grim Reaper / Death

This one is pretty simple to put together. All you need is layers of black clothing, topped off with a long, black cloak. I love this cape from AbandonedLoveShop on Etsy because it’s long and flowy, and the furry trim adds an elegant touch. This is a piece you could even wear after Halloween! If you’d like to be a more authentic Death, layer it over a hoodie.

grim reaper
Source: AbandonedLoveShop on Etsy

Grab a scythe from the Halloween store if you’d like, but all you’ll really need to complete the costume is a skull mask or face paint. I like this YouTube tutorial from vlogger Chrisspy. It’s creepy and beautiful, and the tutorial is easy to follow!

skull makeup
Source: Chrisspy on YouTube


5. Zombie

This one is the most versatile because you can really turn any clothing into a zombie costume. Your style of clothing dictates what kind of zombie you’ll be. Your imagination is the only limit! This YouTube tutorial from UndercoverMonsters will teach you how to make zombie clothing by distressing, staining, and splattering fake blood on your outfit.

If you don’t have the time to make your own zombie costume, check out CostumeCrazed on Etsy. This shop has a whole section of realistic zombie costumes in a variety of sizes. My favorite is this zombie bride dress! All you’ll need to add is zombie makeup!

Source: CostumeCrazed on Etsy


Have you ever made a Halloween costume with clothing from the thrift store? Tell me about it in the comments!

7 thoughts on “Five Last Minute Plus Size Halloween Costumes You Can Thrift

  1. Thank you so much for adding My jewelry to your blog! I list stuff all the time so you never know what you may find! Happy Halloween!

  2. Great costume ideas! I need to work on mine over the next two weekends – me and 3 girls in my office are going to be Goldilocks and The 3 Bears. I’m Mama Bear. I got a cute bear ear floral headband from an etsy seller and I’m going to make a pink gingham apron,,,and I still need to figure out “bear body.” It needs to be something I can wear all day at work and run around taking pictures. I have some brown leggings so if I could luck out and find a tan or brown tunic of some sort at the thrift store, that’d be a good start.


      1. Queen Bee is also really easy to do. I bought a BeeHive Wig and a tendril Headband. Added my wedding tiara and wore Yellow And Black Clothes. Super Easy and Super cute

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