Halloween used to be Nightmare On Curvy-Girl Street – but now you have eBay on your side, and you shall go to the ball. From accessories that'll make your outfit to statement make-up and, of course, curve-complimenting costumes, we’ve got you covered. Whether you choose to go for a quirky, cool, ghoulish or full-on sexy look this Halloween, all the inspiration you need is right here…
1. Wonder Woman
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance Halloween costume that works year after year, look no further than the classic pumpkin. Don’t be tempted to stuff yourself into an actual giant pumpkin – trust us, we’ve tried it and the pulp creeps into places guaranteed to give you nightmares for weeks. Instead, reach for a traditional pumpkin shape, or try a pumpkin fairy costume.
3. Day of the Dead
The Mexican celebration of all things ghoulish is just. So. Cool. The easiest option here is to bag the full Day of the Dead shebang, but you can also improvise by mixing-and-matching items you’ve already got in your wardrobe. All it takes is a strapless top or corset in red or black, a ruffled skirt, crown of flowers, skeleton face paint, fishnet tights and black or red heels. Maybe throw a black lace veil in for good measure.
5. Prom-Queen Zombie
Take one prom dress, spray yourself with fake blood (ketchup won’t cut the mustard on this occasion), smudge your make-up to the point it looks like you’ve spent last night in a grave, and top it all off with a tiara. Hey presto, you're a prom-queen zombie. Or to make life easier, you could just grab the full outfit and be on your merry way.
6. The Grim Reaper
Trick your fellow party-goers into thinking they've overdone the hedonism and brought an early death upon themselves by dressing up as the Grim Reaper herself. However tempting it may be to wield a real scythe at anyone standing between you and the bar, we recommend accessorising with the plastic variety.
As the famous meme goes, mermaids don’t have a thigh gap. They may have a cutesy image, but let's not forget that mermaids' whole 'thing' is that they lure innocent men into danger – which makes half-woman/half-fish an awesome Halloween costume option. It helps that having curves in all the right places can make a mermaid outfit seriously sexy.
8. Wicked Witch
Cast a spell on your fellow trick-or-treaters by becoming a wicked witch. This all-time classic costume comes in all shapes and sizes, from hourglass-hugging mini dresses to long, flowing robes. The fact that it’s entirely reasonable to stuff your witch's cauldron with Halloween treats is a pleasing bonus.
9. Bride of Frankenstein
Time to dust off that wedding dress and get a second night of partying out of it! Simply add a towering, silver-streaked black wig and voila, you're the Bride of Frankenstein. And if either A) you don't own a wedding dress, or B) dressing up as a classic horror-movie character doesn’t sit comfortably with your wedding vows then fret not, because you can always simply buy the full costume.
There are three ways to bag the perfect ghost costume and freak your friends out with 'wooOOooh' noises: You can get busy with some white netting (if you’re feeling creative and craft-y); You can throw a white sheet over your head (if you’ve received a last-minute invite and you've only got five minutes to sort a costume); or you can have a leisurely peruse of the ready-made fancy dress options (if you care about looking spookily sexy). May your hauntings end happily ever after.