Halloween 101: How to Make the Perfect Zombie Costume

 The Maiden family created a zombie wedding party group costume and took home a prize in the 2014 Ghoulishly Goodwill Costume Contest.  Get all the details for submitting your Goodwill costume!

The Maiden family created a zombie wedding party group costume and took home a prize in the 2014 Ghoulishly Goodwill Costume Contest. Get all the details for submitting your Goodwill costume!

What says Halloween more than a classic zombie costume? This costume runs the gamut - it can be gorey, playful, spooky, funny, or anywhere in between. Here's a few tutorials to get you started as you create your own zombie costume this Halloween.

Destroyed Clothes

If you want the classic look, grab some pants and a shirt that you don't mind ripping. Feeling playful? You can turn anything into a zombie! Take any costume (princess, show character, celebrity, inanimate object) and use this same process to give it the zombie look. 

Loose Limbs

Kick your costume up a notch by creating a zombie arm! With this tutorial, you'll give the illusion that your arm has been removed.

Give Yourself the Look

Now that you've got your clothes ready, you'll want to grab some costume makeup to give yourself that living dead look. Here's a great tutorial for adding scratches and bites to your costume.

Add an Accessory

You're going to need somewhere to stash your Halloween candy! This biohazard cooler will keep siblings from snatching your loot, and it adds a little backstory to your costume!

Have Some Fun!

When the costume is finished, create an on-theme game for your Halloween party! Check out this easy tutorial to add some festive family fun!

Share Your Outfit!

Be sure to enter the Ghoulishly Goodwill Costume Contest for your chance to win tickets to Zoo Knoxville. Simply snap a photo of your finished costume and share on any of Goodwill Industries-Knoxville's social media pages to enter. Find more details and costume inspiration here!