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Are you looking for some dark Halloween costume ideas to scare the living daylights out of your friends and family? The more thought you put into your costume ahead of time, the better it will likely turn out.

For truly scary costumes, classic themes are usually the best way to go, because they are time-tested in their creepiness and are guaranteed to disturb and delight the people around you. I've included my best five dark Halloween costume ideas below:

#1 Zombie Costume

In the mood for some brains? Maybe a dark Halloween zombie costume would be right up your alley. Zombies have been getting more and more popular lately, what with The Walking Dead and other franchises stirring people's post-apocalyptic imaginations.

There are lots of dark Halloween costume ideas that you can put together based around zombies, and just about everyone finds them creepy. Here are a few ideas on how to put one of these undead creatures together:

· Simple Zombie

Maybe you don't want anything fancy, just a dead guy who drags himself around and moans with a disturbing look on his face. In this case, most of what you will need is makeup.

Get some costume makeup at your nearby costume shop or party store and make yourself look as pale as possible. Try for a subtle, corpse look, like you are freshly dead and just arose to become one of the walking zombie masses. Add some ripped up clothes, and you'll be ready to hunt down your first living victims.

· Blood And Guts Zombie

Sometimes just simply being undead isn't enough, and people need to see exactly how you died in the first place. Over the years, the trend with zombie movies has been to get more and more graphic, so you can serve as a perfect modern example of what this genre has become.

For this, you're going to need some latex prosthetics. These are fairly inexpensive for our purposes, and it's not hard to source a fake wound kit.

As with the simple zombie outlined above, give yourself a pale foundation that makes you appear dead, but this time add some gashes on your face and body. Have some fake blood dribbling from your wounds as well for added dramatic effect.

If you really want to get into it, you can also make some fake guts out of red play-doh or even rolled up strips of dyed paper and have them hanging out of your shirt.

For your clothes, make sure that they are ripped and covered in blood. Besides that, just use your imagination. What kind of person were you before you joined the ranks of the undead? Were you an office worker? A baseball player? A housewife? Being the zombie version of any of these things is extra disturbing exactly because they are so mundane.

· Historical Zombie

If you want to pay homage to a certain time period—for example, World War II—you might want to give the historical zombie costume a try. You can be an undead prince or lord from feudal times, or you can try your hand at being a zombie soldier that rose from the dead years after being gunned down.

If you're going with this option, follow the usual pattern of giving yourself a corpse-like makeup job, but be sure to make yourself look a little more decomposed. Add some clothes that are typical of the time period that you're going for, and make sure they look a little bit old and tattered.

This kind of costume goes especially well if you and your family are trying to keep to a particular theme. For example, if your theme is "the 1960's," you can be a zombie hippie or something similar.

#2 Ghost Costume

Why do people find ghosts so scary? Is it the prospect of facing our own mortality that gives us chills? Whether or not you want to get philosophical about it, a ghost Halloween costume can be a great choice, and it's certainly one of the classic costumes of the season.

Now, you might be thinking "Being a ghost is so cliche" Indeed it is, which is why you should put your own creative twist on it!

To make your ghost more recognizable and specific, why not base your costume on a notable person? Depending on how long the person has been dead, this could be somewhat offensive to fans, so beware!

You could try being the ghost of a dead president, or perhaps the ghost of a historical figure who died in a famous way. For example, if you're a woman and are looking for an excuse to be headless this Halloween, Anne Boleyn might be a great costume for you.

Obviously, how elaborate the costume will be depends on how your celebrity dressed. Regardless of clothes, though, make sure that you are able to differentiate yourself from the living version of your celebrity. Add some pale makeup to your face to accentuate your ghostly appearance, for example.

·TV Ghost

If being the ghost of someone who existed in real life isn't your thing, you can try a famous ghost from TV or from a movie.

If you want to go for something friendly and child-like, trying finding a Casper costume (or you can reasonably make one yourself if you're handy like that). If you want something a little scarier, maybe a famous ghost from a horror movie.

Nowadays it's not advisable to walk around wearing white sheets, but you can embody a generic, classic ghost without one. Cover yourself in pale makeup and white powder. Wear gray, dusty clothes and attach a fake set of chains to your legs. This is what you could call A Christmas Carol look.

If you want to scare the heck out of people, then the above ghosts might not cut it. Shop around for a truly frightening mask-something skeletal or deformed. Then get a bodysuit that will show some of your guts. Ghosts usually aren't too pretty when they come back from the grave, after all.

#3 Skeleton Costume

Another costume classic is the skeleton. One could say that it is related to the Grim Reaper in that it serves as a reminder of our deepest fears, but it is a little more generic and can be played a little bit more for fun. Here are a few dark Halloween costume ideas on how to make your skeleton costume:

· Full-Body Skeleton

You can buy these costumes at party stores or online, but they basically cover you from head to toe.

The outfit may be little more than a zentai suit that has skeletal features painted on, or it can feature fully 3D plastic bones that line your body, from your toe bones to your skull. Some of these suits also glow in the dark, which makes them extra creepy when you're prowling around at night.

· Ghoul From The Grave Skeleton

You can also opt to have a bit of a story behind your reanimation. If you want to look like a fully-decomposed corpse, grab a skeleton mask, but cover the rest of yourself in tattered clothes.

For added effect, pick clothes that aren't from your current time period. If you want to add an extra touch of creepy, they sell chest plate rib cages that secrete fake blood, that way people have something to look at when you rip your shirt open.

#4 Vampire Costume

In the past few years, vampires have kind of lost their luster, unfortunately. These days, they're seen as more sexy than scary, so why not do your part to bring back the image of the evil, powerful dark vampire that people should actually be afraid of?

In a world that has forgotten Dracula in favor of Twilight, you can bare your fangs and hiss at strangers like vampires were meant to. Here are a few approaches that you can take with a dark Halloween vampire costume that is actually scary:

· Bloody Dracula

Sure, Dracula is supposed to be as seductive and alluring as he is scary, but he's probably more the latter when he's covered in the remains of his last meal. Put together a classic Dracula costume with elements that you can buy at a party store, and get some fake blood.

After you've finished doing your creepy makeup, squirt the blood everywhere, all over your costume. Have it dripping out of your mouth and down your chin.

Gross? Disturbing? You bet, but this is what vampires are supposed to be. They are blood-thirsty creatures of the night and nobody should forget this. These are dark Halloween costume ideas that we're going for here, so there's going to be some bloodshed.

· Giant Vampire Bat

Have your ever run screaming down the streets at night while bats swooped down all around you? It can be an unsettling experience, even if they are usually more interested in mosquitoes than they are in you.

Lots of people are creeped out by these "rats with wings," and so dressing up as a vampire with no human consciousness—one that exists in real life—may just be what the occasion calls for.

There are a few different routes you can take with this costume. One is the minimalistic and less scary one, and one is the more expensive and creepier one. For the cheaper version, you'll need some latex bat ears and some basic skill with makeup. After you paint your face, add some fangs and a pair of black wings from the party store.

For the more expensive and creepier version, you'll have to do some searching. Find a bat mask—the more detailed, the more disturbing—and especially go for one if it includes hair. Next you will need a furry body suit and some brown wings, both of which you should be able to find online.

· Edward From Twilight

Nothing scares some people more than the prospect of having to watch Twilight. Trigger these deep-rooted fears of teen vampire novel-based chick flicks by dressing up like Edward Cullen. All you have to do is make your face look slightly too pale and have the same brooding look on your face all the time.

#5 Witch Costumes

Which witch is which? For Halloween this year, you can't go wrong with a tried-and-true classic like this. Witches come in all kinds, from the mild-mannered good witches like Glenda from The Wizard of Oz, to creepy, barely-human monstrosities with haggard faces that fly on their broomsticks and steal children from the bedrooms.

If you're looking for a scary dark halloween costume, you're probably going to want to go with this latter style of witch. Let's get a little more specific, though:

· Mountain Hag Witch

One of the extraordinary things about human nature is the way that similar themes pop up again and again in the mythology of cultures that spent countless generations completely separated.

One of those common myths that exists is both Western and Eastern cultures is the idea of an evil mountain hag that casts spells on innocent people. Why not embody that hag this Halloween?

Whether you are male or female, this witch is achievable, since her distinctive feature will be her wrinkled and wart-ridden face. For this style of which, you have a few options: You can go with a combination of makeup and prosthetics, or you can go with a mask.

Unless you are particularly skilled with latex prosthetics, you might simply want to go with the creepiest mask that you can find.

As far as clothing goes, you'll definitely want to go with rags. For authenticity, avoid the party store and instead visit a thrift shop. Find something that drapes the way a robe does and rip it up. You might even want to get some paint to make it look aged.

· The Green Witch

Lots of people are traumatized from watching The Wizard of Oz, and it's one of those dark fantasy movies that never quite leaves your mind after you've finished watching it.

For your interpretation of the Wicked Witch of the West, you're going to need green makeup and lots of it. Top it off with a latex nose prosthetic and maybe even a hairy wart.

A black dress that fits in the right way might be hard to find at a thrift shop, but a part store is sure to have a classic witch outfit. While you're there, pick up one of those pointy hats and a broom.

· Bellatrix Lestrange

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Why not dress up as the much-beloved, yet much-despised Bellatrix. She is a Death Eater, she likes to torture people, and she has just about no conscience. What's not to love?

For a Bellatrix costume, you can buy a pre-made one or make one yourself. To make a DIY costume, you're going to need a frizzy, messy wig.

You can either buy a decent curly wig, such as one with lace that will make the hairline appear natural, and mess it up by combing it the wrong way, or you can buy a cheaper wig from the party store that is likely already a bit messy.

Next, you're going to want to get a bodice and a lacy black top with long sleeves to go with it. Her ankle skirt is simple and black, with a velvety look to it. Finally, she's going to need her signature necklace.

So, what will it be? Are you going to dress up as a ghoulish skeleton this Halloween, or as an evil haggard witch?

Maybe you're planning on trying your hand at putting together a zombie costume and biting a few of your neighbors? Regardless, any of these dark Halloween costume ideas are sure to creep out your friends when it's party time.

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