A ZOMBIE ATTACK IN YOUR BACK GARDEN.
I always live by the mantra that Halloween should be a hand-made holiday. I don’t do shop bought props if I can help it. So a couple of years ago, during the Walking Dead frenzy I decided to make a Walking Dead scene in my back garden. I did some research and found some excellent tutorials on how to do this cheaply, and most importantly, how to easily clean it all up afterwards. I did this for two years running. The first year I made 5 zombies to recreate scenes from my favourite zombie film Night of the Living Dead. In our home we loved the zombies so much that one (now named “Igor”) has become a permanent fixture in our home! The fact that he even sometimes freaks out our visitors is the icing on the cake!
I did two full body Zombies and 3 half bodies. I found a few tutorials online and made them pretty easily using a technique on how to cast anything with sticky tape. If you are interested in making your own check out this tutorial from Instructables.com: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cast-or-Pattern-Anything-with-Duct-tape/
I think you will learn anything you need to know from the Instructables link, but as you will probably want to create a full human size zombie you will want to cast a human. With this in mind I will outline safety measures you should be aware of.
MAKE THE HEADS:
Safety First! DO NOT WRAP UP ANYONES HEAD….EVER!!! Casting any inanimate object with tape is a very easy and fun project. However, casting a living, breathing human being is a different matter altogether. A person can easily suffocate. I will show you how to cast your zombie heads.
You will need:
- Cheap masks from the pound shop. You will be covering them with tape, so all you want is a scary face shape to work with.
- Spray paint
- Black and Red acrylic paint and fake blood
- Fake hair or string if you have it
- Packing tape (or any plastic tape. The zombies will be outside in the rain, so it should be waterproof)
To do the heads, blow up balloons into the approximate size you would need for a human head. Then tape a mask onto them. You will now use the packing tape and tape around the the balloon and mask, making sure to get the tape into all of the nooks and crannies of the mask so you can see the face shape.
MAKE THE BODIES:
You will need a volunteer to make basic molds of body parts (arms, legs and torso), so I recommend that you have two people do this, as it is difficult to do it yourself. Grab a willing volunteer who will sit still while you cover them in the wrap and tape. This is where you need to be VERY CAREFUL!!! Do not do this alone and only do small areas at a time. I found that if the tape is wrapped too tightly it is VERY uncomfortable and difficult to cut off.
To make a mold of a body part first wrap that area in cellophane wrap. The wrap stops the sticky tape from sticking to the body. Also, have your model wear some loose clothing as an added protection from the tape. You then wrap the packing tape around the area. Do not wrap too tight. When the area is wrapped, take some scissors and carefully cut down a side of the area to cut the wrapping off. Do not use a knife, as you could cut the skin of your model. When you peel it off it will retain it’s shape. You can then fill the shape with paper or plastic and tape down the area you cut.
When you have all the body parts you can simply tape them together. They do not need to be perfect as they will be painted and draped in rags. Trust me, they will look good from a distance.
REMEMBER TO DO IT SAFELY
DO NOT tape anyone’s head or face. EVER!!!
DO NOT tape to tight.
Only tape small areas at a time so the tape can easily be cut off
Now it’s time to dress the zombies in some old torn up clothes.
Painting the zombies is the easy part. I just spray painted the heads and hands white outside in the garden, and I then added details with black acrylic and some fake blood. You can get as creative as you like. I think I tore off the hair from one of the masks and glued it onto one of my zombies for a stringy hair effect. As long as they look horrible you are good to go.
Now for the fun part.
I couldn’t resist making my own version of “Night of the Living Dead”.