Making Zombie Clothes...

If a zombie can take the time to dig its way out of its grave, the least you can do is make sure he’s got some appropriate looking clothes, right?  And if you’ve taken the time to build a Full Sized Zombie Prop, or just plan on becoming the zombie yourself, you should probably pay equal attention to the clothing since it’s a major part of your zombie’s appearance. If you want truly realistic looking zombie clothing you’re going to want to give Robertb7864’s video a look.  This twenty minute trek through zombie clothes modification features a full five minutes dedicated to Robertb7864 taking a belt sander to a shirt.  The end result is pretty great looking, though, and is way more authentic looking than you’d achieve by tearing or cutting the cloth yourself....

Full Size Zombie

If you’re looking to build a full size zombie that you can leave outside you’re going to need something that is a little more solid, and once again, Dr. Kreepy has just the tutorial you’re looking for. The lower body is framed using 2 x 4’s for legs attached to a 1 x 6 waist while the spine, shoulders, and arms are crafted out of PVC.  After the frame is in place you’ll need to bulk out the torso and the legs.  You can certainly wrap the legs and body with foam and duct tape it tight, or you can use the Dr. Kreepy method and use balled up newspaper or plastic. When mounting it you can use a plywood base and screw the legs to it, otherwise you can grab a pair of old boots and throw in some quick drying cement.  You’ll need to add your favorite mask and a pair of prop hands if they’ll be visible.     Items needed to complete this include: 2 – 2×4 approximately 35″ 1 – 1 x 6 appoximately 17″ 1 – 20″ 2 x 4 6 pieces 3/4 PVC 4 – 3/4″90 degree PVC 3/8″ or thicker 2′ x 2′ plywood Old clothes Skull or mask Duct Tape Newspaper or foam Screws  ...

Quick & Easy Armature...

I’ve got to tip my hat to Nightrideproductions from the HalloweenForum, who has proof that literally everything you own can be incorporated into your next prop build.  This Quick and Easy Armature is built using a tomato cage and is all you’ll need to get a few more last minute zombies popping out of your cemetery without exerting much effort along the way. You’ll start by flipping your tomato cage so the largest circle is on the ground and then bend the two side wires so they form shoulders and arms.  The third and final wire should be bent inward and then up 90 degrees so the styrofoam head can slide down onto it.   The newspaper and duct tape should be added around the shoulders and arms to add a little body to your armature before adding your mask and shirt, but that’s pretty much all there is to it.  Bend the wires back into place when your done using it and it’ll be ready for the spring tomato crop.   Items needed to complete this include: Tomato cage Styrofoam head Tent stakes Newspaper Duct tape Wire...

Spider Hill Prop Works Swaying Zombie...

Spider Hill Prop Works has posted a great video detailing the framework for their Swaying Zombie prop.  This silent film is meant to be more of a companion to the full Swaying Zombie Tutorial they put together which details the build.  The parts list included details everything you’ll need to get this up and running and contains many of the pvc fittings and articulating joints that they sell. The frame consists of a plywood base with two pvc legs attached that connect to another plywood base that forms the waist.  The wiper motor is mounted on the waist plywood and a swivel assembly is created out of pvc that connects the upper body of the zombie to the drive arm of the wiper motor.  This will eventually create the swaying motion for your zombie.  It’s a pretty intricate build that will require a delicate hand when setting up.  The tutorial is well laid out with great images and descriptions to give you everything you need to get your zombie swaying short of a hula hoop and some extra brains.     Items needed to complete this include: 10.5 feet of schedule 40 1 inch PVC pipe 4 feet of schedule 40 ½ inch PVC pipe (6) UMB-1 Universal Mounting Bases (2) ST-1 1 inch PVC slip-T fittings (1) Schedule 40 1 inch PVC cross fitting (1) Schedule 40 1 inch PVC T fitting (2) Schedule 40 1 inch PVC 45 elbows (1) Schedule 40 1 inch to ½ inch PVC reducer 12 Volt wiper motor with 5 volt power supply wiper motor bracket (hauntedparts.com) Approx. 25 #10 x 5/8” self drilling screws (1) ¼” x 20 x 3 ½” hex bolt (4) ¼” x 20 x 1 inch hex bolts (1) ¼” x 20...

The Haunted Trail 2013...

Since 2000 The Haunted Trail has been serving up terror to San Diegans who are brave enough to go for a leisurely stroll through the woods of Balboa Park.  This is San Diego’s only all-outdoor haunted attraction and this mile long trail of terror has patrons screaming with delight. While this haunt has the distinction of being completely outdoors you’ll make your way through many scenes of terror connected to the path that only become more terrifying as you progress.  You’ll encounter a school bus filled with zombie prisoners, as well as come face to face with some familiar fiends from your favorite horror films.  For an outdoor attraction The Haunted Trail offers a high level of entertainment with some really well done effects.  ...

Zombie Build

I’m truly amazed at some of the great looking props that people are able to build that cost next to nothing, and the creative ways they go about accomplishing it.  Sytnathotep is one such prop builder with his 1/2 zombie build, which looks great and probably didn’t cost a whole lot.  The spine of the zombie is crafted using three three foot sections of 12/2 electrical wire that are braided together to give it some extra rigidity.  Since this is a 1/2 zombie it doesn’t have to support any real weight (no legs). The shoulders are 3/4″ pvc connected via a cross fit connection that slides over the spine while the collar bones are more 12/2 electrical wire, and the scapulas are styrofoam insulation.  With a wire clothes hanger ribcage and hands made out of wire with plastic pen tube fingers this project is not exactly breaking the bank.  Once the skull slides onto the electrical wire all that’s left to do is corpse and paint this bad boy! What I really like about Sytnathotep’s zombie is his corpsing technique.  He used the melted plastic method as a base, but then stretched cheesecloth and spider web dipped in a 50/50 mixture of black latex house paint and elmers glue all over the zombie.   It really does give the appearance of rotting flesh and is well worth the effort and the mess that it creates. Items needed to complete this include: 12′ – 12/2 electrical wire Skull 6 wire clothes hangers 1 pvc cross fit connector Scrap styrofoam 10 Plastic pen tubes Duct tape Plastic for corpsing Cheesecloth / Spider webbing Latex paint Elmers...

Dreadlands Haunt of Davison 2013...

Feel like taking a stroll through Zombie infested woods?  You’d better pack your hiking boots, because the Dreadlands Haunt of Davison in Michigan is a one mile trail of terror.  The woods are home to the former site of Dr. Earnest Adlands’ research clinic, where his experimentation on treating virus infected plague patients was successful on an astonishing 177 out of 214 patients (there is no documentation on what became of the other 37 patients).   Decades later it became home to a secret military research facility, The Disease Research & Engineering, Atomic Division (DREAD) Proving Grounds.  You’ll have the opportunity to inspect the research laboratories during your hike as well as walk the 47 acre Proving Grounds. This is not your typical haunted trail, you will get a workout here, and it’s open regardless of weather conditions, however, the research labs are...

Zombie Mask Tutorial

Ich fürchte, zombies, aber ich habe nichts dagegen, wie einer aussieht. Every now and then a tutorial comes along that is so good it leapfrogs it’s way to the front of the Haunters List line. Such is the case with this great video tutorial from Stefan Schäfer Photography.  In this video you’ll learn how to turn a little bit of gelatin, glycerol, and water into an incredible zombie paste that will help in the zombification of any haunt.  Sure, you’ll need some makeup and a little bit of blood, but the base coat is everything here, and this tutorial gives you everything you need to get started....

Zombie Prom 2013 – Hartford, WI...

It’s good to know that after the zombie apocalypse is upon us we’ll still have to worry about other things  than finding more brains…like getting a date.  And just so you’re ready when this happens, you might want to attend Zombie Prom on June 1st, 2013.  This fun fundraising event benefits Hartford Community Service Inc., the people responsible for the Terror on Rural Street haunt.  Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door (if not sold out).  You must be 21 to attend this event, and yes, zombie attire and make-up are required (you can leave the tux at home). Zombie Prom Saturday June 1st, 2013 8:00pm – 12:00am Pikes Peak Room @ The Hartford Schauer Center $15 per Person in advance $20 at door 21 and Older Featuring: Undead DJ, Cash Bar, Free Hors D’oeuvres,Door Prizes, Zombie Prom King and Queen Contest. Buy Tickets    ...

Zombie Doll

What’s more creepy than those two little girls from The Shining?  How about imagining the creepy dolls those girls would play with!  I expect that they would look something like the zombie dolls that Cyclonejack from HauntForum creates, and he’s been nice enough to create a video detailing exactly how to make them.  They look amazingly creepy and the only real cost involved is the doll and some paint!  If you have a creepy little girl in your haunt, be sure to make one of these for her, because nothing says “abnormal” quite like a little girl that would play with one of these!...

Wisconsin Zombie Mud Run...

Think you’ve got what it takes to survive a 5k zombie infested obstacle course?  You know, we’re all going to have to answer this call eventually, but for now, we’ll just consider the Wisconsin Zombie Mud Run proactive training.   Held at the Waukesha County Expo Center Grounds on May 18th, 2013 the goal of this event is to successfully navigate the 5k course and the 13 obstacles of Pandemic, all while avoiding the zombie horde that is unleashed upon you. Pandemic consists of the following obstacles: The Dark Abyss Labyrinth Bedlam The Beast The Dirty Name Green HELL Havoc Unstable Torment Chaos Crawl Tough Nut Carnage Slide For Your Life Those that don’t feel comfortable running alongside the living can choose to participate as one of the Zombie horde.  There are two types of Zombies, Chaser Zombies, who start 5 minutes after the humans, and Roaming Zombies who will be assigned a specific location and will prey upon the runners that enter the zone.     All race entries include: A Wisconsin Zombie Mud Run t-shirt Racing bib complete with number A survival medal One free beverage (soda/beer) Admittance to the Survivors Party! 1st 1,000 runners registered will receive a FREE ticket to Morgan Manor Haunted House (valued at $15) located at the Waukesha Expo Center in October, 2013   Runner Registration Fees: $75 if registered by May 12, 2013 $85 if registered after May 13, 2013 Register Now   A portion of all registration fees from the Wisconsin Zombie Mud Run are donated to the This Time Tomorrow Foundation, providing financial support to individual families and organizations focused on cancer research, education or advocacy. Their goal is to help those affected today reach the tomorrow they deserve.  The Wisconsin Zombie Mud Run...


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