Introduction: Zombie Verisimilitude

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It's official- the zombie costume has dethroned the ol' hobo as the all time most popular last-minute costume. But note the eerie similarities:

1. Find clothes and ruin them
2. Make your face and hair a mess
3. Act drunk and hungry
4. Stumble around with a sack

1. Find clothes and ruin them
2. Make your face and hair a mess
3. Act drunk and hungry
4. Stumble around without a sack

Step 1: Because I Don't Want to Disembowel Myself.

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There are two reasons to go the extra mile with a zombie costume:

1. You want party-goers to think your costume is cool.
2. You want to trick zombies so they don't eat you.

You will need:
A glue stick
A narrow thing that could penetrate skin
Enough extra skin to make a fold (on a part of your body that you can show people)

You can achieve this effect with just about any narrow object. I used wires and skewers. You could try screwdrivers, shards of wood, scissors, knitting needles, spikes, sticks... surprise me.

It's as simple as applying glue to your skin, letting it dry until tacky, applying the object and pinching the skin shut.

Hold the skin pinched until the glue dries. This seems like it would be painful but it isn't... nearly as painful as actual impaling. The kiddos didn't mind at all.

Next step has all the good pics. Click next.

Step 2: That Little Kick

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It's so easy. And dirt cheap. Smear on some blood or-- WHOA! I just thought of embedding pieces of chain link fence! That would be so cool.

Keep this in mind for BORG costumes too, or for authentic-looking battle damage.


dbabinov (author)2016-10-13

is it paper glue stick?

Slippery arm (author)2016-07-28

Picture on step one zombieland

robot bx-31 (author)2015-11-03


PattiJF (author)2015-11-02

Very good post, like your comparison to hobos - lol. The effects look so realistic, it gives me the creeps. ;-) I wanted to go as a zombie this year (chose pirate, another last minute costume idea). Please keep this here, I'll check back next October...

cybercapri (author)2015-10-31

Great Effect, I've seen this before but forget where and because you glue the skin together it is really convincing.... To add more gore use a bit of Vampire Blood on both ends and the stick will really look as it it had gone through... Nice....

clazman (author)cybercapri2015-11-01

Where does one find Vampire Blood? Maybe I should search Amazon or eBay, etc..

cybercapri (author)clazman2015-11-01

Typically a Costume Store would have such a thing... As you said, a Google Search would do well too, shipping costs may apply but does off set the time and gas spent going from store to store in a blind search... I hope this helps....

donedirtcheap (author)2015-11-01

Please stop this. Or, if you feel like you need to continue please leave this page and take it to PM. Thanks guys.

Mikki G.W (author)2015-10-31

This is really convincing!

Does it hold? I mean.. clue stick? Its meant for paper, isn't it?

pete.hohensee (author)Mikki G.W2015-11-01


Mikki G.W (author)2015-11-01

Its none of that. Most likely just a troll, or someone who was embarrassed not figuring out that the typo "clue" meant "glue", and then pretended to have been aware all along.
But I'm embarrased to have been wasting time on it, so I'll stop now.

pete.hohensee (author)Mikki G.W2015-11-01


pete.hohensee (author)2015-10-31

Yeah, learning can be so annoying for some. Remember the "be nice" policy.

NerillDPN (author)2015-10-31

One item the author forgot to mention is PhotoShop. The pics are cool and I suspect IRL, esp in dark or dim lite places, it would be difficult to see the fold.

pete.hohensee (author)NerillDPN2015-10-31


Bajamo (author)pete.hohensee2015-10-31

In Real Life

pete.hohensee (author)Bajamo2015-10-31

Thank you.

donedirtcheap (author)NerillDPN2015-10-31

You're absolutely correct- there is a little seam. But it is shiny and flush with the skin and it's easily covered with a little makeup which I didn't have handy when I made this. You have a sharp eye!

Mikki G.W (author)2015-10-31

I meant glue ;)

BallscrewBob (author)2015-10-31

Frikken "A" So glad its not for real

My first thought was to do a big rant and get it pulled until I read it CAREFULLY.

Well done you had me fooled too !

studleylee (author)2015-04-29

Freaky!!! I too thought it was real at one point. Wow.

babylake (author)2014-11-03

so creepy I thought it was real

Victor Does (author)2014-10-13

It looks so real.. Nice!

legofreak86 (author)2014-07-14


Hahaha. Yes, it is. Thanks for the help.

knexpert1700 (author)2013-10-31

I wouldn't do this only because of infection, especially with metal and tetanus.

How the hell would you get tetanus if it didn't penatrate the skin?

Yes, wrestling IS good. Apparently kexpert1700 is not also readingthispostexpert1700. The point is that this is a nice way to achieve the impaling effect without having to get all the shots.

CreationBoy- (author)2014-04-04

It looks so real!

thehbird (author)2014-01-07

Doctor who first of all 2nd I thought when I saw the pic u stuck a skewer through yourself 0-o

nyerbua (author)2013-11-27

I've seen it done with rubber cement!

kjlpdx (author)2013-10-31

I remember seeing a performance artist in central park who could actually stick a knitting needle thru his arm. this wasn't an illusion, I was standing right there beside him. yuck!

HavocRC (author)2013-10-31

I'm too thin to do this :P lolz jk nice job

rdefranx (author)2013-10-31

what type of glue do you use?

nliwilson (author)2013-10-31

Awesome! Ad a tube of cheap halloween fake blood from pretty much any supermarket and people are urgently asking me if I need help?! :D

xarlock667 (author)2013-10-31

kewl. me likes, will use it to scare hells out of wife!

mommyhen42 (author)2013-10-31

way too cool!!!!!!!!!!!!

ggarnier (author)2013-10-31

Once you are done grossing out people, how do you undo this?

donedirtcheap (author)ggarnier2013-10-31

Just wipe it with a wet cloth and it will dissolve pretty quickly. If you use contact cement you will have a hard time getting it apart and even then you need to rub the residue off. Happy Halloween!

NVDevastator (author)2013-06-27

LOL now you can be with Bill Murray (if u kniw what im talking about) Nice work!

tinpusher (author)NVDevastator2013-10-31

Funny that even without the zombie apocalypse the predicted Twinkie shortage became a reality. People everywhere turned not into zombies but into Tallahassee looking for that elusive last twinkie.

Dark Passenger (author)2013-10-19

anyone have makeup tips to make this look as real as in these photos?

poofrabbit (author)2013-08-10

I've never used a glue stick before to do this, always rubber cement. A glue stick is much easier to carry around!

mkitty (author)2013-07-29

Nice work! :)

mkitty (author)2013-07-29

This blows my mind!!!!!

crazy gypsy (author)2013-07-19

i am always looking for 'something' to go the extra mile to make a costume better! this looks like a weiner!

Mongoose6789 (author)2013-07-13

It wont work with me :/

HollyMann (author)2013-07-12

Well look at you - winning another one! Good job!!!

donedirtcheap (author)HollyMann2013-07-13

1. Don't look at the photos, in that case, you big baby. I bet no one ever complained about not liking the photos on your i'bles ;)
2. What do you mean, 'Winning another one?' Do you have the inside track because of your prolificacy and popularity and if so...
3. PM me; we have much to discuss.
Friends, DDC

HollyMann (author)donedirtcheap2013-07-13

Hey there! Well, you're a finalist and in that case, a winner already! :) Of yet another contest - great job!!!! And you are super popular on here mr!

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