So, your kid wants to be a zombie.
Maybe you’re a hardcore zombie fan who’s been waiting impatiently for the day when your kid catches “the bug.” Or maybe you dread the idea of turning your little guy or gal into a horrible undead abomination. Either way, if you decide to go through with it, you’re going to need to know how to do zombie makeup for kids.
The truth is, many of the same zombie makeup techniques that work for grownups also work just fine for kids. However, there are a few extra twists and challenges to know about before working on a child. Keep reading for tips on how to turn your kid into the best little walker they can be.
It’s important to note right off the bat that kids and families are different. Based on your child’s temperament and your own values, you ultimately decide what’s appropriate and practical. That said, here are some zombie costume guidelines that probably apply to most kids.
1. Set expectations
There are two reasons a kid might be disappointed with a zombie costume: 1) it’s not gory enough, or 2) it’s not elaborate enough. Zombies come in a lot of different styles, and your child may have some specific (and unrealistic) ideas of what a zombie should look like. Make sure they understand that their zombie-self won’t be quite like anything they’ve seen.
2. Tone down the goreIf you’re worried about the costume being too gory, don’t. You can make it G-rated by simply leaving out the fake blood and gruesome prosthetic wounds. Pale skin, dark eyes, and tattered clothing are all you really need. From there, you can add as many or as few gory touches as you like.
3. Keep it simple
If you’re tempted to add things like prosthetics and props, just keep in mind what’s going to happen when your child is off on his or her own. Will she be able to keep that awesome neck wound attached for the whole zombie walk? Will he hang onto his fake brain during the Halloween party? Probably most importantly, will your kid be incessantly whining about how uncomfortable your complicated setup is?
4. Use products that are easy on the skin
Liquid latex is generally safe and easy to remove (provided your kid isn’t allergic to it). Other products and homemade concoctions may cause irritation and/or consternation. Also, if you’re getting creative with regular makeup, be sure that anything that goes around the eyes or mouth is actually safe for that purpose.
5. Don’t expect your kid to sit still for hours
This one is almost too obvious to mention. But it must be mentioned because some folks might have a tendency to get carried away in planning the perfect kiddie zombie costume. Even if your kid is gung-ho about being a zombie, there’s probably a limit to how long he or she is willing to sit. Make sure you can execute your plan in that time.
6. Let your kid help
Kids get a lot of satisfaction from doing things themselves, so find ways for them to help put together the costume – whether it’s mixing face paint, applying prosthetic scars, or adding rips to old clothing. This is guaranteed to make them happier with the end result.
7. Check out some online tutorials
The internet is loaded with DIY zombie tutorials, many of them from mom bloggers dressing up their own kids. Here are three of our favorites.
Simple Makeup Tutorial
This tutorial has some solid tips on applying basic zombie makeup that you might find in a Halloween kit.
Cute Zombie Makeup For Younger Child
Here’s a 5-year-old getting done up to look like more of a cartoonish zombie.
So, what tips do you have for applying zombie makeup to kids? Leave them in the comments section below!