Real men and women are larger than a size three, and plus size costumes make the most of real sizes. There is a full range of choices available. Be a historical or fantasy figure, sexy or demure, an angel or a devil for an evening.
Historically, thinness was not considered beautiful, and historical costumes make great plus size outfits for men and women. Henry VIII was a big man, and a plus size Renaissance costume will lend some of his magnificence to a big and tall man today. Or try dressing as a medieval knight, wearing a tabard with your coat of arms and carrying a sword. Medieval and Elizabethan costumes lend elegance to voluptuous women with their long lines and rich fabrics.
Women are sometimes shy about their size, but they can really show off their curves with sexy plus size costumes. Try being Betty Boop for an evening, or dress as a French maid and carry a feather duster. Those short ruffled petticoats and fishnet stockings enhance a real woman's curves.
Superheroes are larger than life. We all know that. A skinny, little guy in a Superman outfit looks a bit silly, but a big guy looks great as Superman. Plus size costumes for just about any superhero are great for a big guy. Dress as Batman, Superman, Spiderman, or Green Lantern, and enjoy those superpowers for an evening.
If you are having a hard time coming up with Halloween costume ideas for plus sizes, you can't go wrong with the classics. The world of magic has much to offer in costuming and a classic witch or wizard costume can be both amusing or menacing. Of course, what would Halloween be without a fright so classic horror characters like Dracula, Monsters and even the Bride of Frankenstein are available in plus size adult costumes.
Size is often connected with power, strength, and ferocity, and the right costume can celebrate that connection. Be a Viking for an evening, with a horned helmet and a battle-axe. Dress as Genghis Kahn or Attila the Hun. Be a pirate with an eye patch and a cutlass.
Don't forget the possibilities offered by plus size religious costumes. The long brown or black robes of a monk or friar are comfortable to wear and look great too. A wig can supply the fake tonsure needed to complete the costume. A traditional nun's costume includes a wimple and veil. Angels can be male or female, complete with wings and halo. Devils wear horns and can be dressed in anything from sweeping robes to elegant evening clothes. Don't forget the traditional pitchfork.
Many occupations have distinctive clothing and gear that make them good costume choices, too. A man or a woman can wear a firefighter's hat, tall boots, and waterproof coat. Carry a length of hose over the shoulder for the final touch. Try dressing as a police officer, complete with handcuffs, hat, and baton. And wouldn't everybody like a day as a clown?