Sure, zombies are awesome and all, but don’t you think they’ve gotten a little out of hand? They’re in movies, TV shows, games – and on Halloween, they’re even on your block. It’s high time for somebody to cull the herd, and that somebody is the zombie hunter.
If you’re going for a different angle on the zombie craze, then a zombie hunter costume is a great option. Not only does it allow you to stand out from the hordes of walker wannabes, but it’s much easier to put together. No makeup or prosthetic wounds required – just a fake weapon and some badass apparel.
That said, some zombie hunters are better than others. You want to be more like the Daryl Dixon of zombie slayers, and less like that guy who gets neck-chomped while the opening credits are still rolling. Keep reading for our picks for the best off-the-shelf zombie hunter costumes, a list of do-it-yourself tips, and some recommended zombie-hunting gear.
3 Zombie Hunter Costumes That are Worth a Shot
You can find all the components of a good zombie hunter costume online. However, it’s easier (and perhaps cheaper) to buy a complete costume. At the very least, it’s a starting point that you can expand upon with other accessories. Here are three options you might want to hunt down:
Manly Zombie Hunter
This Men’s Zombie Hunter Costume from California Costumes comes with the long jacket, t-shirt, axe, axe sheath, hat, and bandolier. That’s pretty much all you need for the iconic zombie hunter look. Having said that, you may want to order some fake blood with your costume to top things off.
The Zombie Huntress Costume from Fun World Costumes includes the dress, gloves, and bandolier. At a minimum, you’ll need to find some boots and a kick-ass fake weapon. You can also make it more or less sexy, depending on what crowd you’ll be hanging with on Halloween night.
Little Zombie Hunter
This is simply a kid-sized version of the Men’s Zombie Hunter Costume above. The only difference is that this costume is likely to get a lot more use. As playtime props go, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Making Your Own Zombie Hunter Costume
If you don’t want to buy a pre-made costume, you can always piece one together yourself. You can probably find a few articles of clothing in your closet. The rest you can pick up online or at a costume shop.
The best way to brainstorm costume ideas is to look at pictures of famous zombie hunters from film and TV. Here’s a short list of characters to look to for inspiration:
- Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)
- Michonne (The Walking Dead)
- Alice (Resident Evil)
- Ash (The Evil Dead)
Yes, Ash is technically a demon hunter rather than a zombie hunter, but he’s got the horror action hero vibe we’re going for. In spades.
So, how does a zombie hunter dress? Based on the above examples and many others, here are some of the things to consider incorporating into your costume:
- Low tech weaponry (shotgun, hatchet, crossbow, katana, etc.)
- Anything leather
- Ripped, dirty, and blood-stained clothing
- Gas mask or other face mask (post-apocalyptic look)
- Satchel bag
- Bullet belt/bandolier
- Fingerless gloves
- Shin guards and other pieces of armor
With all that to work with, there are lots of different approaches you can take. Whatever you choose, make sure your own style and creativity shine through.
For more ideas, check out our Zombie Hunter board on Pinterest.
Zombie Hunter Accessories
You can assemble a solid zombie hunter costume for little or no money (depending on what you have lying around in your closet). However, spending on a few key accessories can really make the costume. Here’s some zombie gear that might be worth adding to your arsenal:
What over-the-top action hero would be complete without a pair of shades? These Outray Men’s Aviator Sunglasses do the trick at an affordable price.
If you’re worried that people might not get your costume, you can always buy a shirt that spells it out for them. This Daryl Dixon shirt is based on the popular character from The Walking Dead, and features his trademark angel wings on the back.
Here’s another dead giveaway that you’re a zombie hunter. This Undead Cathy Prop is intended to hang up as Halloween decor, but works equally well as a zombie hunter’s “trophy.”
Of course, the best accessory of all is an actual zombie (that is, a partner who’s dressed up as the living dead). In other words, if you’re looking for couples costume, a zombie and a zombie hunter make a great pairing.
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