If you don’t know what to be for Halloween by now… stop reading my posts. Just stop. I really don’t have time for people who read blog posts about monsters, yet don’t know what they want to be for Halloween. I try to plan my costumes out at least 2 months in advance, not because they are elaborate or catchy or anything, but because I love Halloween just that much. And if you were any kind of nerd that has love in their heart for zombies, monsters, comic books, video games, or even movies, you would too. This is the one time of year LARPing is acceptable by the masses, so don’t screw this up!
My love for Halloween started as a kid because it was a holiday that was unashamedly centered around candy. That’s right I would try to fill my chubby little mouth with as much candy corn, Milk Duds, and Nerds as I could get my hands on… oh wait, maybe that was just yesterday. My bad. But seriously I loved the ritual of making a costume, getting dressed up, going up to stranger’s doors that my parents wouldn’t even let me speak to any of the other 364 days of the year, begging for candy, eating said candy, and then passing out on a sugar high. The school the day after was a bitch though, let me tell ya.
As a teen Halloween wasn’t such a big deal to me. I was too old to go Trick-or-Treating, and was too unpopular to get invited to parties. But I still enjoyed looking at all the costumes, handing out candy, and just putting on some spooky music just to keep the more timid kids away.
Now as an adult, I get to decide what Halloween means to me. I still hand out candy (and try to eat plenty of it too) but the fun thing is I get to dress up again, and no one can look down on me for it. Because I’m an adult. And by the Gods, if I want to dress up in a Jack Sparrow outfit and run around sloshing root beer from a mug on the streets of my neighborhood, no one’s going to stop me.
You would think that because I write a blog about zombies, help with a zombie comic book, and dress as a zombie at conventions, my Halloween costume would be zombie related. And you would be right. However, just because zombies are the number one trending Halloween costume according to Party City, dosen’t mean I’m going to be a cop out on this one. I have always made my costumes at home and that gives you the ability to be creative. If you’re going to copy me (and yes you should copy me and then email me the pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org) you might want to know my top pics for zombie related costumes this year. In no particular order they are…
1. Zombie Hunter – While all the little kids are running up and down drive ways in like sugar crazed berserkers, you can play some scare tactics on their unsuspecting parents. Running around with a cross bow and a machete screaming about how your going to get those little undead knee chompers might do the trick. Just make sure your weapons are plastic and you don’t show too much rage in your eyes… then the police might end up taking you away, and I’m not talking the fun naughty police either.
2. Armed Forces – Yes, this is a perfectly acceptable costume. Not only are our men and women in uniform true hero’s in real life, but when the afterlife comes rearing its head these guys will probably be some of the few that will actually have the skills and the equipment to survive.
3. Celebrity Zombies – This one has been around for ages, and it never gets old. Dress up as Elvis with a blue hue to his face, or Michael Jackson from the Thriller video. Live celebrities are ok to use as well, just be creative about it. Just be aware that dressing as Paris Hilton actually looses you points. She already looks enough like a zombie.
4. Left 4 Dead Special Infected – I see a hand full of these costumes at comic book conventions every year and every time I’m impressed with the creativity and the ingenuity of these people. Hunters are the most popular because they are the easiest to duplicate, but if you want a challenge, you should go with a smoker. Or even better yet, go for a boomer. Double points if you can spray green goop on people.
5. Any featured zombie from the Dead Future stories- Pick your favorite story and try to emulate the most prominent zombie from it. Be it one of the sponsored zombies in “The Game”, or even just the awesome space zombie from the cover of Issue 1, you should be creative with this one. In fact this is the option I recommend most. To encourage this, I’m setting up a challenge. If you dress as one of our zombies for Halloween, and email me your picture to email@example.com, you will be entered to win a free copy of the Dead Future Anthology! The winner will be the best zombie look alike. Only one copy is up for grabs here people so do your best. I will be the one who chooses the winner and I will mail you the copy of the book. Therefore if you would like to enter this contest email me your picture along with your name, date of birth, email address and an explanation of what zombie you are representing (i.e. the “Dad” zombie from “The Rest of the Story”). You must be 18 years old or older to participate in this contest. Explicit nudity will disqualify you so please keep it classy people. Also in order to keep things fare and focused on the costume, you will be disqualified if your photo is manipulated (i.e. using Photoshop). If you win you will be contacted by me via e-mail asking for additional information such as your address to provide you your prize. All entries must be received by 12:00 AM on November 1st 2011. Good luck and have fun. For a complete set of rules for our photo contests click HERE.
There you have it people, my pics for top zombie costumes for 2011. I hope you join me in celebration, just remember to stay safe and have fun.
-Till Fate brings our Future