Modern Twists Make Vampires and Zombies Still Popular at Halloween
You might think that after so many decades of popularity zombies and vampires might be falling out of favor for Halloween costumes and themes but that’s not the case. In fact, zombies and vampires are even more popular these days thanks to the resurgence of vampires and zombies in books, TV and movies. During the 80s and 90s Anne Rice’s classic vampire books the Vampire Chronicles led to the development of the idea of the romantic vampire clinging to some shreds of humanity while adjusting to life as a vicious killer who had nearly unlimited power. Many people chose to dress up as characters from the Vampire Chronicles wearing period clothing combined with fangs and pale makeup. That romantic style of vampire costume is still popular today, thanks to both the Vampire Chronicles and the movies that were made based on them Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned. Tribal vampire costumes, like the one worn by Aaliyah in character as the Queen of the Damned in the film, are very dramatic and great for Halloween. Today the Twilight books and films have given the vampire costume a modern twist and made vampire costumes even more popular than before.
Zombie costumes, like vampire costumes, have been popular for a long time but in a similar way zombies have been given an updated and more modern look that is great for costumes. Movies like 28 Days Later and Zombieland have defined an edgy and darker look for zombies and modern zombie hunters. Post apocalyptic styles have also become popular as costumes for the zombie apocalypse survivors. And there’s no question that AMC’s smash hit show The Walking Dead has become a Halloween trendsetter because the costumes are distinctive but also easy to wear and easy to create. For those who want to become zombies for Halloween there are many exciting options that were not available in the past. These days you can buy foam latex masks and prosthetics that were never commercially available before to create terrifying zombie looks. You can also buy the same makeup that professional special effects use to create the zombies in shows like The Walking Dead and thanks to Internet tutorials you can learn to put it on like a pro to create the perfect zombie costume.
Zombies and vampires will never go out of style for Halloween because people will always be scared of them. Vampires are a creature straight out of the past that have been feared and hunted for thousands of years. Zombies are creatures that people are terrified might really come into being someday soon. Vampires and zombies represent the greatest fears of the past and the greatest fears of the future so when it comes to Halloween there will always be a place for zombies and vampires. But as culture evolves and changes the images of vampires and zombies will change too as a reflection of the current fears and dark sides of society.