Zombies on the Cheap

It doesn’t cost much money at all to make a credible zombie. All you need are a few bucks and a talented makeup applier. This past weekend I was portraying a zombie for a haunted house event. On Saturday night. When I got up on Saturday morning, I had nothing in the way of clothes or make-up. I stopped off at this thrift store, where I got lucky and found this oversized Tyvek Hazmat suit. It cost me a dollar. (Note: Tyvek does not breathe. At all. Even though I had nothing on underneath the suit except for a pair of shorts, I was almost drowning in sweat by the end of the night.)

Then I hit up Walmart. I bought a make-up package in the seasonal Halloween section. Nothing fancy, just a combination of different colors of paint in a cheap plastic wheel. It cost me four bucks. That’s five smackers total. Considering what some cosplayers I know pay for their stuff, that’s chump change.

My lovely better half, however, is a talented make-up tech. She’s worked many a theatrical production and haunted attraction. What she can do with some cheap Walmart gunk–well, see for yourselves.

Not bad, huh? Instant zombie on a shoestring!

Hey, that last sentence sounds like an Alternative band, doesn’t it?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of Evil Cheez Productions ( - - specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. And he really likes vampires and werewolves. Like, a LOT.