For my fellow geeks who like to get creepy, prepare yourself (and your costumes) for Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend 2011. One of the biggest and best horror conventions in the southeast calls The Wyndham on International Drive in Orlando home. The weekend kicks off October 7 with a zombie walk from Uno’s Chicago Grill across I-drive. This is a free event and open to the public (but you are very encouraged to check out the convention also, details available at spookyempire.com).
So how can an average nerd such as yourself prepare if this is your first time costuming for zombie hoard? Be there with blood on. You will need lots of gooey, sticky, bright red fake blood. That’s the easiest way to zombify ones self. As we all know the first step to becoming a zombie is getting attacked in some gruesome fashion.
If it is your first time costuming for a zombie occasion here is something to think about: What will you be doing when the Zombie Apocalypse strikes? Will you be at work? At home? At a club dancing? Probably not the latter if you’re reading this article. The easiest costumes are drawn from real life. I recommend closet shopping first. If you’ve ever kept a uniform from your first job at rhymes with Shmc-Shmonalds, ta-da, instant zombie costume. The next place to look is in someone else’s closet, your local thrift store. You can usually find anything from scrubs (we all know the medical professionals will be the first casualties of Z-day) to prom dresses or tuxedos. Another easy option is Halloween costumes from days gone by. You can bust out that Austin Powers velour suit and moan “groooovy baabbbby”.
The next thing to think about is makeup. My personal method is to start with a bite and emanate outward from there. A beautiful festering open mouth shaped wound is easy to fashion out of latex and fake skin putty (which can be found at any Halloween store or party supply store) covered with black or green makeup to indicate the rotting of your human flesh and the emergence of your new, brain craving flesh eater. It is very important to make the bite somewhere that won’t get covered or disturbed by your costume otherwise it will fall off or get distorted. I like to do full body makeup, putting a mixture of green, black and white makeup on all exposed areas of my body to look grey-green. If you are a beginner zombie you can stick with make up localized to your bite location.
The last thing you need to prepare is your walk. That is the point of the event. Are you a George A. Romero slow staggering zombie? Or are you more akin to a rage-filled 28 Days Later, aggressive and fast moving zombie? The biggest problem first time zombies usually have is what to do with your hands when not cracking open skulls. The answer to that is easy. Your hands are ALWAYS up and ready to rip flesh from bones, duh, you’re a zombie. Your only purpose in life is the eat brains.
We hope these pointers help first time zombies or first time cos players find your way to the hoard. So smear on your best blood and start practicing your stammer and hope to see you October 6th!