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Welcome to Dark Halloween Costumes

Are you looking for some dark Halloween costume ideas to scare the living daylights out of your friends and family? The more thought you put into your costume ahead of time, the better it will likely turn out.

For truly scary costumes, classic themes are usually the best way to go, because they are time-tested in their creepiness and are guaranteed to disturb and delight the people around you. To start things off, I've included my best Zombie Halloween costume ideas below:

The Zombie Costume

In the mood for some brains? Maybe a dark Halloween zombie costume would be right up your alley. Zombies have been getting more and more popular lately, what with The Walking Dead and other franchises stirring people's post-apocalyptic imaginations.

There are lots of dark Halloween costume ideas that you can put together based around zombies, and just about everyone finds them creepy. Here are a few ideas on how to put one of these undead creatures together:

· Simple Zombie

Maybe you don't want anything fancy, just a dead guy who drags himself around and moans with a disturbing look on his face. In this case, most of what you will need is makeup.

Get some costume makeup at your nearby costume shop or party store and make yourself look as pale as possible. Try for a subtle, corpse look, like you are freshly dead and just arose to become one of the walking zombie masses. Add some ripped up clothes, and you'll be ready to hunt down your first living victims.

· Blood And Guts Zombie

Sometimes just simply being undead isn't enough, and people need to see exactly how you died in the first place. Over the years, the trend with zombie movies has been to get more and more graphic, so you can serve as a perfect modern example of what this genre has become.

For this, you're going to need some latex prosthetics. These are fairly inexpensive for our purposes, and it's not hard to source a fake wound kit.

As with the simple zombie outlined above, give yourself a pale foundation that makes you appear dead, but this time add some gashes on your face and body. Have some fake blood dribbling from your wounds as well for added dramatic effect.

If you really want to get into it, you can also make some fake guts out of red play-doh or even rolled up strips of dyed paper and have them hanging out of your shirt.

For your clothes, make sure that they are ripped and covered in blood. Besides that, just use your imagination. What kind of person were you before you joined the ranks of the undead? Were you an office worker? A baseball player? A housewife? Being the zombie version of any of these things is extra disturbing exactly because they are so mundane.

· Historical Zombie

If you want to pay homage to a certain time period—for example, World War II—you might want to give the historical zombie costume a try. You can be an undead prince or lord from feudal times, or you can try your hand at being a zombie soldier that rose from the dead years after being gunned down.

If you're going with this option, follow the usual pattern of giving yourself a corpse-like makeup job, but be sure to make yourself look a little more decomposed. Add some clothes that are typical of the time period that you're going for, and make sure they look a little bit old and tattered.

This kind of costume goes especially well if you and your family are trying to keep to a particular theme. For example, if your theme is "the 1960's," you can be a zombie hippie or something similar.


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