In case you haven’t noticed, a lot of people are dressing up like zombies these days. Between zombie walks, zombie pub crawls, zombie parties, and the biggest event of all, Halloween, the number of walker wannabes has never been higher. To stand out from the hordes of the undead, you need something special.
This is where it helps to raise the gore factor.
Made out of latex to mimic real skin, prosthetics allow you to create authentic-looking bullet holes, knife slashes, and other grisly wounds. Whether you just want a few minor scars for a taste of realism, or a giant gaping wound that will shock your friends, prosthetics add something that basic makeup simply cannot.
If you’re hellbent on doing every aspect of your zombie costume yourself, you can try making your own zombie prosthetics using online tutorials. But first, you might want to find out if there’s an affordable zombie prosthetic kit that meets your needs. Keep reading to learn about five prosthetics that can take your costume to a gruesome new level.
Here are five of the best zombie prosthetics you can buy, each simulating a different type of wound. Remember, you really only need one major prosthetic for a typical zombie costume. Any more, and your wounds will be competing for attention, and you might struggle to do a good job on the application.
1. Slashed Eye
It’s pretty hard to ignore a bloody eye wound, so if you’re a total attention-whore, the Slashed Eye Prosthetic by Halloween FX might be for you. Like other prosthetics, this wound doesn’t achieve the desired effect without some makeup work on your part. Darkening the eye and applying a liberal amount of fake blood should do the trick.
2. Oozing Wounds
If you’re going for more of a diseased vibe, check out these Woochie Oozing Wounds from Cinema Secrets. In fact, if you wear these, don’t be surprised if you find people edging away from you. This pre-painted prosthetic set includes three pieces, giving you flexibility in deciding how to deface yourself.
3. Bullet Holes
With this Costume Reel F/X Bullet Wound Kit from Rubie’s Costume Co, you can demonstrate the futility of trying to shoot a zombie in the torso. Head shots, people! This kit comes with five bullet wounds, adhesive, fake blood, and instructions.
4. Embedded Objects
You know what gets people’s attention? When you have foreign objects sticking out of your face. This Metal Attack Makeup Accessory from Morris Costumes is one of the rare products that allows you to create this effect (without, you know, actually mutilating yourself).
5. Exposed Innards
Now this is just disturbing. This Spare Ribs Prosthetic from Rubie’s Costume Co creates a shockingly gory effect – making it a perfect topper for a zombie costume. As you can probably tell, you’ll have to plan your zombie clothing to make sure this wound is visible. But if you can swing it, it’s well worth the effort.
You can find all of these zombie prosthetics online. It’s worth pointing out once again that prosthetics generally require makeup and fake blood to reach their full potential. So don’t judge a prosthetic by what comes out of the package.
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