These instructions assume the costume is for a child, but this can be modified quite easily for an adult (an adult would probably have to create their own bone-leggings, since I'm guessing they wouldn't have the ubiquitous skeleton pajamas!)
It's a super easy costume - no sewing, just a run to your local thrift store if you don't have the supplies on hand!
Step 1: Materials
• Blue pants or jeans (will be cut)
• brown or tan blazer
• White shirt
• Red striped tie (a skinny adult tie will work)
• Skeleton pajama pants (if you don’t have any, then some black pj pants or leggings, and see next step.)
• Kids soccer cone, the perfect size for a hat!
• 2 feet or so of elastic.
• Large fake sunflower (for munching!)
Step 2: Putting It Together
• The pants with the bone leg showing: Cut out a large, jagged hole in the knee area of one leg of your pants. Leave the back attached. Then just put on the PJ pants, and try on your cut up jeans. Cut out more as needed so that the knee bones are visible.
• Conehead hat: My soccer cone came with a small hole in each corner (if yours didn’t, you can use a hole punch or rotary tool to make a hole in opposite corners of the base.) Run a piece of elastic through one hole and knot it. Then put the ‘hat’ on the head and measure how much elastic you need to get a nice snug fit on the head. Then knot on the other side.
• Optional - If your shirt and jacket are old and worn-out anyway, feel free to cut them up a bit. Add a jagged hold through both the shirt and jacket at one elbow, and cut some zigzags out of the bottom of the jacket for a more ‘fresh from the grave’ look.
If you don't have a skeleton pajama set (my kid happens to have 2 of them, so they must be pretty common) you can create your own bone leg. Just take a pair of black pajama pants or black leggings (girls leggings would probably work will for a little boy), and make a stencil out of freezer paper (see basic instructions on freezer paper stencils here http://dabbled.org/2008/11/freezer-paper-stencils-tutorial-re-run.html) You should be able to find some large bone shapes online, or just freehand one. Use white spray paint, or glow in the dark paint to create bones running down one leg.
Step 3: Makeup
So I used some cosmetics I had on hand: Green eyeshadow, liquid eyeliner, and dark red lipstick.
- Skin: Our zombie has a lovely greenish hue. Using a large powder brush, cover the face with green eye shadow. Don’t worry if it’s a bit splotchy, zombies do not a good complexion. You can mix the eye shadow with some baby powder for a whiter effect.
- Eyes: Draw/paint large circles around the eyes with eye liner, one larger than the other to simulate the big bulging zombie eyes. Alternately, just add big dark undereye areas with charcoal eyeshadow.
- Mouth: Our zombie mouth should be a little bloody from brain eating, right? Just use a lipbrush to splotch a little dark red lipstick around the side of the mouth, dribbling a little down the chin. If you have fake blood on hand, you can use that too.
Step 4: Optional Accessories
Check out the list of zombies for ideas: http://plantsvszombies.wikia.com/wiki/Zombies
- If you have a herd of zombies, you can add more accessories, rather than just the conehead.
- A small silver pail (or a plastic sand pail, painted silver) makes a nice buckethead zombie hat.
- A flag with a pink brain painted on it for your flag bearing zombie
- A ducky pool ring for your water going zombies.
- A multicolored wig and leisure suit for a disco zombie
- Football outfit and helmet
Step 5: Invade the Neighborhood!
- Dress your child in the shirt, tie, and blazer, pj pants, and pants.
- Add the cone hat
- Practice your zombie walk… don’t forget to drag that back foot a bit!
- Hold the flower and munch on it a bit
- Say BRRRAAAAAAAAINS.