Remember, zombies are living dead and
usually portrayed as having just crept out of the grave. So the costume
you choose should look like those that the deceased would be wearing.
Remember, a zombie is a reanimated corpse and their dead flesh is a very
light gray in color.
First, mix up enough base color makeup to
cover all exposed skin, meaning your face, neck and hands. We use a
mixture white grease paint with enough black to make it a light gray,
then add just
hint of green.
Apply the base makeup to the face and neck, covering to the hair line, ears,
anything that will be showing except the hands which will be done very
last, after you put the costume on.
Once all exposed skin has
been covered, use a small makeup sponge and a very small amount
of black grease paint to darken the area's around the eye sockets and
cheek bones to give them a sunken in appearance.
If you want your zombie to
look even more realistic you can buy special effects appliances such as
the "Creature" set from
This great makeup appliance shown in the very top picture on the right, is perfect
for creating the accentuated facial look of the living dead.
Homemade Zombie Costumes
If you can't or don't want to buy an off-the-shelf zombie costume the
next best thing is to take a trip to your local thrift shop. They are
usually filled with all sorts of old clothes at a low price. Once you
have clothes, you'll want to distress them to make them look old and
Zombie Costumes - Off
Below are some of the better zombie costumes we've found.
Complete Zombie Costume
Includes: Pants with attached zombie thigh and knee bones, shirt with
attached rotted flesh chest and two skeletal forearms, zombie mask with
stringy hair, and two skeletal gloves.
Zombie Cheerleader Costume
Isn't she just the cutest thing? Even after she died, she still wants to
cheer but now it will be for "More Brains!" This cute costume,
right, includes printed "Zombie U" cheerleader dress with pom poms and wig.
You do the zombie makeup yourself by using a gray grease paint for the
face, giving the eyes a hollow look and adding some blood here and
there. You can add latex pieces for an open skin look. Rah!