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How to Make a Homemade Zombie Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner, zombiephiles, and if you’re thinking what I’m thinking, than you’re wondering how to make a homemade zombie Halloween costume. You see, dear zombie fans, the best thing about a zombie outfit for Halloween is that it never goes out of style, and you can make your own homemade zombie costume on the cheap, in practically no time. And considering that Halloween is about five days away and some of us actually have jobs, easy and cheap are good things.

The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of zombie costume you want to make for Halloween. You’ve pretty much got the entire world at your disposal – after all, zombies aren’t discriminating. You can be a zombie nurse, a zombie businessman, a zombie construction worker, a zombie bride…the possibilities for zombie costumes are endless. Pretty much any lame costume you can think of can be magically and quickly transformed into a zombie outfit, as long as you have a few cheap, stock supplies you can pick up at almost any costume or novelty store.

How to Make a Quick and Easy Zombie Halloween Costume

1.
Decide what kind of human you were before you got zombified.

What kind of zombie you want to be largely depends on what you have lying around the house. Got a left over uniform from when you used to sling burgers at McDonalds? Congratulations! You’re officially equipped to be a zombie fast food worker. Holding on to a hideous bridesmaid’s dress you’re never going to wear again? Huzzah! You can pull off zombie bridesmaid with no further ado. Pretty much whatever you’ve got, or can get your hands on cheap, will make for the perfect basis for a zombie outfit.

I, for example, happen to have a surplus of shirtless collars and bowties.

2.
Tear the shit out of your outfit in appropriate places.

Remember, zombies can’t sew worth a damn. Tear your zombie outfit in appropriate places (skinned knees, ripped shoulders, etc) to simulate the aftermath of your last-ditch attempts at zombie survival. You can do it with a knife or a pair of scissors – just make sure you’re not actually wearing the outfit when you do it.

Just don't rip them like that. Unless you're going for zombie hipster.

3.
Get your clothes nice and bloody.

You can get fake blood at just about every costume store in the world. Apply several coats to the torn areas of your clothes to get a realistic blood red color instead of the dull pinkish color that most fake blood dries to. You can always cheap out and use corn starch with food coloring, but don’t blame me if you end up getting attacked by bees.

However, if you're doing a zombie beekeeper thing, I take full credit for the idea.

While you’re at it, get your clothes a bit dirty – after all, zombies don’t make it to the laundromat very often. Grass stains work well, as do good old fashioned mud stains. Try to put them in realistic places that you’d likely get dirty if you were actually chasing a living person, trying to eat their brains.

4.
Pile on the zombie makeup.

Now that you’ve got your outfit ready to go, it’s time for the most important stage of the zombie costume – your zombie makeup.

No. You idiot.

Now I’m not even going to begin to explore in depth the topic of applying zombie makeup, because there are other websites who make their bread and butter on this exact topic. All I’m going to say is, start with some white base to give you that just-out-of-the-grave look, continue with some fake wound plastic, and finish it all off with several more coats of that fake blood you slathered all over your clothes. If you really want to look like a zombie, get some kimchi or something and dangle it out of your mouth while you moan “braaaaaiiiins” or something along those lines.

5.
Act like a zombie.

This part is in your hands. Now that you’ve got your zombie outfit ready to go, you’re going to have to act the part. I recommend a solid baseline of pug-breathing with a just a sprinkle of breathy moaning on top.

Not that kind of moaning.

If you’re looking for a really good example of how to impersonate a zombie, I can’t recommend Shaun of the Dead highly enough. If you can pull off acting like a zombie as effectively as Simon Pegg, your only real concern is getting shot in the head.


And there you have it – a zombie costume that will fit your budget. Remember – strength in numbers. I recommend zombie parties, zombie walks, or other zombie-related events.

Legal Disclaimer: Our lawyers have explicitly forbidden us from recommending zombie rodeos.

Moans.

  1. I recommend using the same clothes for zombie costumes.

    My husband is often cast as a zombie in indie-horror movies, and we have a tote set aside for the bloody ripped clothes. Over the years, we have accumulated a few different looks, such as “average citizen” and “militia survivor who got bit.”

    Some people make the mistake of washing their clothes after a zombie walk, but you should just leave it as it is for the next one.

    Unfortunately, the best zombie costume will include those special contacts, but I’ve been told they are really uncomfortable, even if you’re used to wearing regular contacts.

    I also suggest blood capsules that you can hide in your mouth & bite down on when trying to impress someone at a costume party…nothing says “I live & breathe Halloween” like purging blood.

  2. CHRISTIANNOTSLATER

    i think i’m going as a GANADO to a helloween party this year

  3. Here’s a video showing a lot of people from Vancouver dressed up as Zombies participating in the Thrill the World event featuring Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldhmofj6GCU

    Hope you enjoy the zombies!

  4. I wasn’t a zombie, but wish I would have seen this before :)

  5. kayy

    Just wanted to say thanks :) Im using this idea for my costume and am gonna c if i can do the zombie walk this yeer :) also, another idea is burning holes in ur clother, just to make em look older, and more worn out… just a thought

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