If your Little Pumpkin wants to be a zombie...you have come to the right place.
This is my little guy last Halloween as a zombie. He had just turned 8 at the time and wanted to dress more like his older siblings. The weekend before, we were at a Halloween festival camping and he let me dress him up as Carl from the movie UP!, and he ended up taking 2nd place in the costume contest. The picture of him as Carl it to the right, big difference between the two costumes. I made a deal with him, if I could dress him for the contest, he could pick anything he wanted to be Halloween night. He chose to be a zombie. Also note, I work a full-time job during the day, got home around 5:00, served dinner and had this make-up done by dusk at 7:00. It is very easy and manageable. I also "zombiefied" the older boy who was Trick-or-Treating for the last time (another sad story that I don't want to get into right now).
Zombie Make-up for Kids
What you need:
old clothes for them to wear
toilet paper (the cheap stuff)
Old Clothes: we went to the Goodwill to find some old clothes that we could shred up. We used an old suit coat that no longer fit, a plain long sleeved t-shirt and Goodwill jeans. Cut a snip in the bottom of the jeans and tear them upwards a little to get tears to look like weeks of walking around looking for brains to eat. If you are in a cold weather climate, buy larger jeans that will fit over layers.
Now you need to open the bump up to look like a real wound. Take something like a toothpick, end of the paint brush, tweezers, bobby pin, something that you can break into the middle of the bump with. Poke into the middle of the bump down to their skin. Be careful not to poke their skin too hard or they will complain (learned that the hard way). Once you get your tool down to their skin, wiggle it around a little bit to be able to get your finger inside the bump. Then wiggle your finger around a little bit to get it to open up. Use both hands to kind of peel the open skin (toilet paper) in a volcano type of shape. Don't open it up too close to the edges of the toilet paper so it comes off. Just make a large hole in the middle and let the edges of it be jaggy like they were torn open. At this point if the inside of the toilet paper is still wet, use your hair dryer again to dry the inside of the wound. This part does need to be dry before continuing with the face paint.
Optional: You can make the wounds look ever grosser if you want to by adding fake blood. If your child is younger, I would skip this part as it could get quite messy. In a small bowl, pour about 1/8 cup plain corn syrup and mix a few drops of red and one drop of blue food coloring in. Stir well. This is all you need for fake blood. Use a paint brush and paint it into the bottom of the wounds, corners of their mouth, neck, anywhere. They will look like they just came from a brain feeding if you have it going down their necks. It is sticky and gross, but really catches the light and looks real. The fake blood is the difference between "Look at that cute little zombie." and "OMG that is so gross!"
Both the boys ended up going with the fake blood, because come on, they are boys, they love this stuff. I ended up making way to much fake blood, so be aware that a little goes a very long way.
Clean up for your little zombie is also quite fun. The wounds peel right off the face. Remember back when you were in elementary school and would put glue on your hands to peel it off later...same thing. Because it is just glue and toilet paper, it peels right off their face. Be careful if any of their hair got into it as it will hurt pulling any hair out. The fake blood washed right off, and the face paint might need a little more scrubbing, but should wash right off too.
The best part of this type of costume is that it is unisex, and works for all ages. They can be a zombie anything...zombie football player, zombie cheerleader, zombie wedding party, zombie prom. Any costume with a non-masked face can be turned into a zombie. It works for little ones all the way up to adults.
If you try it out, let me know how it goes. If you have any further questions, please leave a comment and I will get back to you. Now start thinking about how you are going to zombie your kids up this year.
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