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Is Halloween Size Inclusive? Being a Plus Sized Person During Halloween

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at McMaster chapter.

In general, plus size women struggle with finding cute clothing that don’t include florals or skulls. Unfortunately, this lack in the clothing selection does not change with Halloween costume options. I have been a curvy girl my entire life, so I have had a lot of time to adjust and figure out what styles of clothing compliment my body type. However, if you are like me and you have been curvy for a majority of your life, you already know that generic places like Spirit Halloween or Spencer’s just doesn’t accommodate voluptuous figures. If you are a new member of the curvy girl club, then welcome, I am happy you’re here; I am sorry to be the one to tell you that Halloween costumes for us include a lot of DIYs, creativity and hot glue.

I remember one year when I was about a size 10, I tried on a Cat Woman costume at Spencer’s. If I made one wrong move on a night out while wearing that costume, everyone would have seen my “tail.” To think this experience happened when I was a size 10, imagine what it’s like now that I’m a size 16!

Although I appreciate society’s attempt at becoming more “body positive” and size inclusive, this movement needs to hurry up and work its way into spooky season. When will stores realize that a plus size section in the back corner with four options is just not enough? Not to mention, these costumes are usually quite bad . For instance, I browsed on Spirit Halloween’s website and saw that my handful of choices this Halloween were between a lacklustre nurse, about seven different but equally terrible witch costumes, and a pumpkin sweatshirt… so, I think it’s safe to say that my 20% off one item coupon will not be used this year.

For the last few Halloweens, DIYs have been my go-to for how I get my costumes. I am a curvy woman who wants to feel good on Halloween, so places like Value Village, Winner’s and La Vie en Rose are where you will find me. Personally, I am not very good with a hot glue gun and if you gave me some scissors, my outfit would look just as terrible as Andy’s dress in Pretty in Pink. So, with that being said, my Halloween outfits normally include a sexy bodysuit, a silky robe, an oversized jersey, some kind of animal ears, or fun makeup with a cute outfit. Even though my options are basic, I personally think that they make great starting points when creating a fun look for going out. For anyone who took the time to read this, I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween this year. For all my fellow curvy people and even my non-curvy readers, remember to be kind to yourself and enjoy your time out with friends. Wear whatever you want and if they do not sell your idea in a store, go out and make it yourself; you’d be amazed what you can do!

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Brianna King

McMaster '22

Just here to share some ideas and opinions on life, style, food, travel, and being a dog mom.