Well this weekend has been an absolute blast and allowed me to indulge in a bit of an obsession of mine…Zombies! Long have I wanted to do one of the experiences where you’re chased by zombies but I’ve never had the opportunity so when a very good friend of mine told me about a local Zombie Walk I jumped at the chance.
The idea is a basic one, you dress as a zombie then join a group of other zombie fans and shuffle through the town centre of a few hours scaring all the locals whilst shaking a few buckets for charity. Sounds easy? Well I’ll admit, the slow, limping drag of the undead is actually quite hard to keep up for that length of time but it’s fun!
Roux and Hurricane were at their Dads this weekend so sadly couldn’t join me (now they’ve seen the pictures, they’re quite gutted – next year children!) so it was left to the Monster and I to do our bit. I’d seen a picture on Pinterest ages ago of a woman wearing a baby facing out under a t shirt and I’d been desperate to give it a go so I was killing two
zombies birds with one stone so to speak.
The actual costume part was super simple – a very large t shirt (I got xxl and it was only £2.99) and some fake blood from the pound shop. Obviously you also need a baby carrier, in this instance I used my Melkaj Mai Tai, a baby helps and I also bought a couple of fake limbs that Monster was supposed to play with while we were wandering around.
I cut small notches in the t shirt where the head and arms needed to go, once I’d done that I tore the holes larger so it looked like he’d burst out a bit more. Then I was quite liberal with the fake blood and gave the openings and the front of the t shirt a good dousing with the stuff. I’ll warn you, it took days to dry and in the end I took a hair dryer to it. Despite that, it still rubbed off on anything it touched and as of yet, I’ve not yet got it out of the top Monster wore underneath. It also stained my fingers pretty badly as you can see here, it took 4 days or so for that to wear off.
The make up was a littler harder but no where near as difficult as I’d envisaged. It probably helps that as I do only get 4 hours sleep a night I do a good impression of a zombie most mornings but in reality, I followed a very good tutorial by Natalia Issa and it pretty much used items I already had in my make up.
This is old, cheap make up that I’d been bought approximately 10 years ago (*cough* hoarder) and had never used. It was absolutely perfect for this.
I’d had my hair cut the previous day and it was looking beautiful but I took the comb to it and backcombed it like crazy so after just 20 minutes I looked like this…
It goes to say that you know you’ve done a good job when even your own Mum doesn’t recognise you! I sent the picture to my sister as well and she had to be told it was me. I was very chuffed with the result but when I got to my friends house she had latex which I’d never played with so I slapped some on my cheek bones and turned to this.
Monster didn’t escape either, he’d fallen asleep so I didn’t get chance to change him into his dark coloured clothing but I did take advantage and did my best and gently attacking him with facepaint.
See that fake blood around his mouth? Well I’d put that on top of white face paint hoping it would stop it staining his skin. It didn’t. *hollow laugh*
Once I got there, I strapped him onto my front, whacked the t shirt over us both and made our way to the pub that we were meeting at.
See him there playing with the hands? Well that’s the ONLY time he deigned to play with his two fake limbs. I had images of him chewing on those limbs looking even more like a scary zombie baby than he already did but would he play ball? No. Not one bit!
Once we got there one of the fellow zombie enthusiasts let me into a secret – Black Jack sweets. Give them a good old chew then push them into your gums and they give you blackened teeth.
Quite disgusting isn’t it! The costume went down a storm and Monster got a lot of attention from bystanders that weren’t running away from us. I’ve never worn him facing out before so it was quite an odd sensation but he loved it and even joined in making zombie noises for part of it. It’s such a shame he was a bit too big for the outfit really as his feet stuck out the bottom of the t shirt which did spoil the look. He’s 14 months now so I suppose this would have been better with a 6 month old but Halloween happens in October not February and I can’t shrink him so we just went with the flow.
I absolutely loved this and I’m so glad I took part. I’m already counting down to next years and wondering what I can do for our next costume.
Photos enclosed are by me (obviously!), the wonderful Tom McGuire and Ken McDonald.