DIY Zombie Costume Created With Help From Deseret Industries

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Deseret Industries can help you put together a zombie costume and more!!

While I received compensation for this sponsored post, all opinions expressed are mine.  


When was the last time you dressed up for Halloween?

For me, it was a very LONG time ago. The costumes I have on hand are old-fashioned and out of date. Nothing to get too excited about.

This year, we will be visiting two of our grandsons for Halloween. I received strict orders from the three year old that Grammie and Pop-Pop are expected to dress up. I don’t want to embarrass ourselves so I asked, “What do you want us to be?”  “A zombie, Grammie.” Hmmmm….

I wasn’t even sure I knew what a zombie was. The had to look up the definition: “A corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions.” My husband and this grandson’s dad watch the cult zombie show on television, The Walking Dead. Zombies on that show are “a deceased human being who has partially returned to life due to undeterminable causes. The brain retains base facilities, namely gross motor function. In its near-mindless state, it grasps no remains of emotion, personality, or sensation of pain. In rare cases, some of the reanimated have reflexively preformed routine activities from their past lives.”  I have vigorously refused to watch this show because I knew this kind of zombie would give me nightmares.

How does an adorable three year old and his six year old brother know enough about what a zombie is to ask their grandparents to be one? They’ve heard about sanitized versions from books and friends. They also play a cute game on their iPad, Plants vs Zombies Their version of zombies is a nicer, gentler kind of zombie.  If Pop-Pop and I were going to dress up like a zombie, that was the version I wanted to be.

I went online and found a picture of toned-down zombies (there were a lot of really gross ones out there) and took it to my nearest Deseret Industries Thrift Store in Fontana, California because I knew they had just what I would need at very low prices to put together the perfect zombie look.deseret-industries-diy-zombie-halloween-costume10

Why Deseret Industries? Because they not only accept donations and sell things like used clothing, home goods, and toys, but they also train their employees in a range of career fields to enable them to find work specific to their skills. Going to DI, I’m not only finding deals and giving new life to thrift items, I’m also giving people new life.deseret-industries-diy-zombie-halloween-costume6

I loved how my local Deseret Industries store was all decked out for Halloween.deseret-industries-diy-zombie-halloween-costume8

It didn’t take me long to easily sort through DI’s nicely organized racks of clothes in their clean store to find exactly what I needed.  deseret-industries-diy-zombie-halloween-costume5

Checking out was quick and easy. The cashier was friendly and helpful and even liked listening to my zombie Halloween costume story.

My husband’s job was to dirty up the outfits like in the picture. He used spray paint in brick red and black and added some fake blood. I got to rip and tear up the shirts. For the final touch, I purchased some face makeup at Target: white face paint and black lip gloss that we used around our eyes. With a few splatters of blood here and there — we were transformed in to a zombie couple!!deseret-industries-diy-zombie-halloween-costume11

If you don’t have time to make a costume, Deseret Industries also has racks of pre-made costumesdeseret-industries-diy-zombie-halloween-costume

Perfect for your little princessdeseret-industries-diy-zombie-halloween-costume2

Your favorite super herodeseret-industries-diy-zombie-halloween-costume3

or even your dog!!deseret-industries-diy-zombie-halloween-costume9

Putting together a great Halloween costume is easy at Deseret Industries!!

I can’t wait to show our grandsons our zombie costumes. Thanks Deseret Industries for helping us make this Halloween a memorable one.

To learn more about Deseret Industries or find a location need you, visit their website.