Boyo announced he wanted to go as a Zombie Vampire to the school’s Halloween Disco. “Oh, of course,” I replied, smiling and nodding. Thinking “how the hell am I going to pull this one off?”. Making a Pokemon costume for the Book Week Parade seemed a breeze compared to this request. As it turned out, it was easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Fortunately, one of the Gorgeous Girls opened up her house for a pre-party playdate and SFX studio, coinciding nicely with Champagne Day. A Gorgeous Girls Champagne Friday was long overdue!
Here is what I used to create a Zombie Vampire for Halloween:
- Vampire cape
- Fake arm
- Skeleton finger gloves
- Vampire teeth
- Coloured hair spray – we used green and red
- Liquid latex from Scotty’s Makeup and Beauty, Broadway
- Fresh Scab fake blood (really!) from Scotty’s Makeup and Beauty
- Green and red face paint
- Tube of fake blood
- Latex sponges
- Black eyeliner pencil
- Old clothes
- Kiwi ingenuity
Most of the items were sourced from $2 shops, and I borrowed the liquid latex and fake blood, but we’re going shopping this weekend to get our own to recreate the look for Halloween next week! And maybe date night.
I sponged green face paint all over his face, and then filled in under his eyes with black face paint, with a stippling action, to create the effect of hollow eyes. Pretty much the opposite to what I do every day with concealers and illuminators! I blended this down into the green, and did the same with a little red face paint just under his eyes.
I drew on some scars with a black eyeliner pencil, and patted on a little fake blood in “Fresh Scab”. I then used the same pencil with feathery strokes to fill in his eyebrows to make him look scarier.
I shadowed under his lip with black pencil, which I blended with a latex sponge, and smudged a little red face paint with more black pencil around his mouth. Apparently this Zombie Vampire is a messy eater!
The bullet hole in his forehead is a happy accident. We had a stick on plastic “nail in the head”, but unfortunately, the latex glue wouldn’t hold it on his head. However, it did form a fabulous base to paint on a little more fake blood and make our wound look a little more realistic.
Some green and red hairspray and a bit of a tease created this very stylish vampire do. A little more Edward than Bela Lugosi.
We raided the dressup box and came up with a vampire cape and rubber fake teeth. Supermarket trips netted the gory fake limb and skeletal gloves. A quick rummage through his wardrobe and I found an old t shirt bought for his now-defunct karate lessons and a pair of pants on their last legs.
To create the effect of a zombie vampire, I sprayed them with blood (red hair spray) and vampire guts (green hair spray) and flicked fake blood all over them. Some of this blood was sponged on to create a layered smeared effect. I used scissors to make cuts and tears and great handfuls of dirt were liberally applied and rubbed in. Zombies aren’t very hygienic, you know.
Some cool denim kicks to dance the night away in were added and our cute little Boyo was complete as a Zombie Vampire ready to stake his life on a good time, in search of braiiiinnnnnssssss … and shake his booty!
Our very tired little Disco Zombie Vampire insisted on teaching us Gangnam Style when we got home. As you do.
This look took about 15 minutes, including making the outfit on the fly, to put together and was absolutely loads of fun. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
However, check out this amazing work by one of the Gorgeous Girls on two of her usually angelic-looking children. Hasn’t she done a fantastic job using loo paper, liquid latex, Fresh Scab fake blood and face paint. Awesome!
Are you getting dressed up for Halloween this year?