Ideas for unique dead Halloween costumes

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Ideas for unique dead Halloween costumes
Halloween is an excuse to dress up. (Getty Thinkstock)

Every Halloween, zombies, corpses and the undead invade neighbourhoods, workplaces and parties. Pale make-up and torn clothing is commonplace, and you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a "dead" co-worker, dressed as a fresh (or not-so-fresh) cadaver. Think outside the coffin-shaped box, and go beyond the traditional death-themed costumes with unique, crowd-pleasing ideas.

Dead pixel

<p> highlights a deceptively simple costume that appeals to computer geeks: the dead pixel. Laptop screens and other LCD monitors suffer from irritating, non-functioning points. However, they are the inspiration for a unique costume that is a great conversation starter. Use facial make-up to create a pale face, sunken eyes and other traditionally "dead" give-aways on yourself or your subject. Cover a large cardboard square with white, red, or dark-coloured paper (don't use dark colours for trick-or-treating), and embellish it with two X's for eyes and a straight line for a mouth. Carry the square as the costume accessory.

Little Dead Riding Hood

Many Halloween parties have a theme revolving around books or fairy tales. Little Red Riding Hood is a simple enough fancy dress, incorporating a dress, a red hooded cape and a basket. Add latex scars, pale make-up and some fake blood, and you become Little Dead Riding Hood, a tragic victim of a wolf attack. As a bonus, the basket is handy for trick-or-treating.

Hershey's Kiss of Death

Hershey's Kisses, a popular product from the Hershey Company, are foil-wrapped, chocolate treats. Create a Hershey's Kiss costume from cardboard and silver fabric or buy a pre-made Hershey's Kiss costume. Accentuate the negative with facial make-up in a corpse or skull theme. Add a paper or fabric tag with the trademark "Hershey's Kisses" note written in blue lettering at the point of the costume, grab a sickle, and you are the Hershey's Kiss of Death.

Ideas for unique dead Halloween costumes
Hershey's Kisses come in holiday foil colours, but silver is the most common. (Kisses image by Julie Balderston from

Grim Reaper variations

Many costume retailers sell long, hooded robes and sickles for a quick Grim Reaper costume. Give the costume a unique twist by combining the long, curved sickle head with an inexpensive broom, and the Grim Reaper is now the Grim Sweeper. Or add heavy gold necklaces, sunglasses, a backwards baseball cap and a large, portable radio to the traditional Grim Reaper costume, and the Grim Rapper has joined the party.

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