* The Halloweast Zombie Walk, hosted by East End Main Street, begins lining up at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Moxxee Coffee on Lee Street. The free event will crawl along Bradford Street before turning onto Quarrier and ending at Elizabeth Street.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Whether you're planning to join the this weekend's Halloweast Zombie Walk or just dress up like a "Walking Dead" extra for your friend's Halloween bash, it's important to look as authentic as possible.
Naturally, the easiest way to become a zombie is to be bitten by another zombie. That transformation is rather permanent, however.
If you would rather join the legions of the undead on a more temporary basis — you know, just to see how it works out — it's time to head to your local costume shop. Magic Makers has locations at Washington Street East and at Charleston Town Center.
The good folks at the Haunted Barn, located at Beauregard and Lewis streets in Charleston's East End, agreed to show us how they turn their actors into terrifying, brain-eating, shriek-inducing zombies.
You can do the same to a friend or loved one with a few basic items and a little creativity.
First, a warning: Cleaning up might be the scariest part of turning someone into a zombie. Before the (fake) blood starts flying, make sure no one is wearing his favorite T-shirt.
Also, be sure to warn your victim there is no good way to remove all this makeup. Medical
adhesive, which the folks at the Haunted Barn use, must be removed with a special medical adhesive remover. Otherwise, soap and warm water is your best bet.
Step one: Remove the oils from your zombie's face with an astringent like witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. This will help the adhesive stick to the skin, making for a snug fit once the prosthetic is applied.
Step two: Smear mortician's wax or a similar product to your zombie's eyebrows to prevent the prosthetic from sticking to it. It might not seem like a big deal at first, but the makeup has to come off eventually. You don't want the zombie's eyebrows to come off, too.
Step three: Using a makeup sponge, cover your zombie's face with an adhesive. The guys at the Haunted Barn use a medical adhesive, but home makeup artists can use something like spirit gum.