One minute you’re cheering for the football team. The next, you’re trying to devour the football team. Such is the existence of the zombie cheerleader, a variety of undead that’s equal parts scary, hilarious, and cute.
Intrigued? Then you might want to dress up like a dead cheerleader for your next spooky event. And no, we’re not speaking only to women here. Boys can be cheerleaders. Boy cheerleaders can be zombies. Boys can dress up like female zombie cheerleaders. It’s a freaky world we live in.
Read on for a rundown of the best zombie cheerleader costumes you can buy (for both kids and adults), along with some ideas for makeup and accessories.
Three Zombie Cheerleader Costumes Worth Cheering For
You can always make your own costume using a standard cheerleader outfit worked over with some clever clothing-zombification techniques. Another idea is to simply wear the standard costume with zombie makeup applied.
However, the best idea of all is probably to buy a zombie costume off the shelf – especially since there are some really good ones out there.
The Spiritless Cheerleader costume from InCharacter Costumes comes with the skirt, top, and pom-pom. As several customer reviews note, the back of skirt and costume are black (the pattern is only on the front). If that doesn’t bother you, then you may have what it takes to be a U Rot Cheerleader.
This costume also comes in children’s sizes.
High School Horror Cheerleader
The High School Horror costume from Smiffy’s includes the tattered dress (complete with built-in rib wound) and two pom-poms. You’re on your own for leggings (or tights), shoes, and makeup. If you can put all that together, you can turn yourself into a teen nightmare like the one pictured.
Cheerless Leader Children’s Costume
The Cheerless Leader Costume from Disguise Costumes includes the dress, fishnet shorts, and pom-poms. To get a look similar to the one pictured, you’ll have to add a few items (plus makeup). The fact that there’s no blood or gore included is nice for people who want a toned down costume for their child.
Zombie Cheerleader Makeup & Hair
No matter what costume you get, you’ll need to put some thought into what kind of makeup and hair you want for your undead cheerleader. Fortunately, there are plenty of tutorials online that can walk you through different techniques. Here are a couple of good ones.
If you just want a goth look using standard makeup, then this tutorial might be all you need. Of course, you can always add a touch of gore with prosthetics and the like.
Hair Pin Curls
Here’s one idea for zombie cheerleader hair.
Zombie Cheerleader Accessories
The difference between a good costume and a great one often times comes down to those added touches. Here are a few accessories that can enhance a dead cheerleader costume.
Don’t want to zombify your hair? Then you might want to pick up something like this wig from Seasonal Visions International. It’s an easy way to add a cute and exotic touch.
Black Tube Socks
For any costume you buy, you’re going to need some tights, leggings, or tube socks. These Retro Knee High Tube Socks from AJs are one option.
Stitched Gloves (Kids)
These Stitched Glovettes from Disguise Costumes would go perfectly with the Cheerless Leader costume above, or any similar zombie cheerleader costume for kids.
Looking for more ideas? Check out our writeup on zombie prom queens – not just because it’s an obvious alternative to a cheerleader costume, but because a lot of the same tips apply.
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