How to Cut Pants and Shirts for Zombie Costumes

Things You'll Need

  • Costume

  • Scissors

  • Razor blade

How to Cut Pants and Shirts for Zombie Costumes. A zombie costume is a classic Halloween costume and what makes the costume memorable is the attention to detail. The wardrobe is usually the starting place and properly slicing the shirt and pants sells the entire look.

Step 1

Review some costumes at websites such as Halloween Store (see Resources below) to see how zombie costumes look.

Step 2

Decide the type of zombie you wish to make and select a corresponding wardrobe. For example, a bride zombie can wear a dingy and torn wedding gown and tarnished tiara. A traditional zombie wears a tight but torn suit or pants and shirt.

Step 3

Use a razor blade or scissors to cut the shirt and pants of the outfit. Begin the tears with the scissors and finish the tears by hand tearing about three inches. Rip open the back of the shirt or suit jacket. Rip multi-layers, such as a shirt and jacket, together for added realism.

Step 4

Tear shoulder seams, pockets and knees. Shred the pants legs and sleeve cuffs with scissors or a razor. The more tattered the clothes are, the better the costume becomes.

Step 5

Make the tears and rips consistent with your zombie story that you tell people at the party. If other zombies with sharp nails and teeth attacked you and dragged you down the street, then your pants and shirt should reflect such injuries.


Distress clothes with mud or dirt prior to cutting.