How to Dress Like a Zombie

by Marie

Learn you can look like a Zombie in just 5 easy steps! In no time at all, you'll have a whole head full of ideas for making or buying a gruesome undead costume this Halloween.

You'll discover what a Zombie actually is and what they look like in terms of clothing, hair and make-up. These creepy undead creatures are always one of the biggest Halloween outfit choices and are suitable for men, women, children and even animals!

Don't worry that someone else might look the same as you because there are tons of variations on this theme and the help and inspiration on this page means that you are going to look scarily unique. Learn to dress just for the part of a Walking Dead creature!

Step 1 - A Basic Walking Dead Costume

Zombies are regular people like you or me - the only difference is that they've come back to life. These Walking Dead characters traditionally rise up from their graves in popular media so you'd expect their clothes to look shabby, dirty and rotting depending how long they've been underground for. A costume based on this look could actually be anything at all because the outfit is whatever the person was wearing when they died or were buried. You can purchase pre-made costumes or you can have some real fun learning how to dress like this character below.

How to Quickly Get an Overall Undead Look

You can rub some dirt or coffee over clothes to make them look dirty, rub clothes with sandpaper to make them look worn, cut clothes and pull at threads to fray the edges, burn or cut holes so it looks like insects have been eating away at them underground. And don't forget the blood! You can purchase fake blood (make sure it's safe if putting onto skin) or make your own by mixing up some corn syrup, water and red food coloring. Splatter, dribble or paint over your designated clothes to get that gruesome effect.

STEP 2 - Bloody Shoes and Footwear

Zombies would really wear whatever shoes or footwear which they had one when they died. So they could have barefeet, pumps, stilletos, trainers or even a plaster-cast at the end of their body.

One idea I love is blood-splattered shoes. If you get a pair of inexpensive canvas shoes then you can draw on fake blood using a permanent ink pen or splatter over thick red acrylic paint and leave to dry. You can also do this with t-shirts and other clothes which you're not going to worry about messing up.

Please don't do this to clothes which don't belong to you - like 'borrowing' something from mom or pop's wardrobe!

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STEP 3 - Hair and Wigs to Add to the Look

Undead Creatures Don't Normally Have Neat Hair!

Hair is often shown as being grey and unkempt. Remember that these creatures might have been laying in the dirt or in a grave so their hair isn't going to look all nice and slick and heavily styled. Clumps of the hair might be falling out and it might have bits of mud stuck in it or other, less savory, things. If your own hair isn't going to fit the look, then a wig comes in really handy.

Here's a wig which really looks like the character has been rolling around in their grave - looks like undead 'bed head.' You could get a similar 'bed head' look with your own hair by adding a little styling product like gel and messing your hair up with your hands or doing a back comb on parts of your head. For the make-up styling, I'd recommend looking at YouTube and I've enclosed a video below for you. I hope you are finding this wizzles page to be useful because it has been written with care. You will find even more information on dressing like this character below.

Great Example of a Wig
Zombie Queen Wig
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Step 4 - Gory and Gruesome Accessories

As the undead are actually just regular people who've been brought back to the land of the living, you don't really need a special costume at all. This creature would simply wear the clothes it was wearing when it died which explains why you get doctors, brides and even ninjas in this theme.

So if you don't want to plump for getting a whole new costume, then don't. A mask, however, is a great idea - especially if you don't fancy playing around or taking the time to apply lots of fancy makeup techniques so you look just like the undead. Latex masks should be aired out after purchasing because they can have a strong and unpleasant smell which you want to get rid of before you put it on. Be aware that some people are allergic to latex and, if in doubt, consult a medical professional about how to patch test for a potential latex allergy.

Zombies might walk or wander around with sharp implements (cleavers, knives etc) sticking out of them - perhaps the reason for why they died in the first place or perhaps bullet or other wounds from uninfected humans. They might have bandages wrapped around wounds.

Step 5 - Zombie Make Up

Depending on what state of decay the corpse was in before it was brought to life, it might have peeling or flaking skin and bits of flesh hanging off. Nails might be blue or black for which nail polish comes in handy. Really vile looking versions can have maggots coming out of skin wounds 'gross' - you can purchase fake ones for this purpose. And you definitely expect to see them covered in splatters of blood from human victims.

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How to Get Walking Dead Eyes!

As the undead are a corpse which has been brought back to life, you wouldn't expect them to have nice, healthy looking skin. Their flesh would be paler than your normal skin tone and is often shown as grey. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. The skin around the eyes often looks sunken and hollow and this look can be made using grey, black and purple skin paints or eyeshadow around the eyes - but don't overdo it or you'll look like a panda!

Makeup Tutorial Video

How to dress like a Zombie in just 5 easy steps
How to dress like a Zombie in just 5 easy steps
Image is in the Public Domain from Pixabay and has been altered by the author
Updated: 02/19/2016, Marie
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Marie on 02/20/2012

Yes, Zombie Costumes are so much fun for Halloween. All the fake blood, dirt and gore. You can really go to town. Thanks for visiting, Terri :)

TerriRexson on 02/20/2012

Yuck! Definitely a proper horror costume for Halloween.

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