Learn how you can look like and dress like a zombie in 5 easy steps. In no time at all, you'll have a whole head full of ideas with this complete zombie Halloween costumes for adults guide.
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 both men and women to wear.
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.
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Step 1: Zombie Halloween Costumes for Adults: Getting the Right Look
Zombies are regular people, just 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.
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How to Quickly Dress Up Like a Zombie
Zombies rarely look neat and tidy. They're messy creatures and don't care where they crawl or roam and are likely to be covered in dirt and also blood from victims. Here's some quick and dirty ideas on getting the look. Try these techniques on unwanted clothing:
- Massage some dirt or coffee over old clothes in order to make them look dirty.
- Rub clothes with sandpaper to make them look worn.
- Cut clothes and pull at threads to fray the edges.
- Cut in small holes so it looks as if insects have been eating away at the fabric underground.
- Add on some blood by buying fake blood or making your own by mixing up some corn syrup, water and red food coloring.
- Splatter, dribble or paint the fake blood over your zombie clothes to get a gruesome effect.
- Make your face look pale by rubbing some white or pale gray face paint over.
- Add dark shadows around your eyes with dark gray and black face paint to give you a haunted and exhausted look.
Step 2: Zombie Shoes and Footwear
Get creative with marker pens and a pair of white canvas shoes to make your own style of zombie footwear.
Zombies would really wear whatever shoes or footwear which they had on when they originally died. So they could have bare feet, pumps, stilettos, trainers or even a plaster-cast at the end of their body.
One idea that I love is having 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.
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Please don't add your own blood splatters to any clothes or items which don't belong to you, like 'borrowing' something from mom or pop's wardrobe.
Step 3: Zombie Hairstyling and Wigs
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.
Choose a wig which really looks like the character has been rolling around in their grave. It should looks like an 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.
Step 4: Gory and Gruesome Zombie Costume 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 zombie costume for Halloween. 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 and 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.
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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 such as cleavers and knives sticking out of them. Perhaps these are 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 or open sores.
Step 5: Zombie Make Up and Cosmetics
Depending on what state of decay the zombie 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 and you can purchase fake ones for this purpose. And you definitely expect to see them covered in splatters of blood from human victims.
Get Some Walking Dead Zombie 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 gray. The skin around the eyes often looks sunken and hollow and this look can be made using gray, black and purple skin paints or eye shadow around the eyes, but don't overdo it or you'll look like a panda.
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