Scary, affordable Halloween makeup hacks to do at home

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)– When it comes to Halloween, you’d be hard-pressed to find a creature more terrifying to dress up as than a zombie.

Piling on tons of makeup to get a scary look can break the bank, but M6FX makeup artist Michael Cape believes it doesn’t have to.

“There are a lot of household products that you can use and save a whole bunch of money,” said Cape.

Cape is in charge of getting zombies ready to scare at Busch Gardens’ Howl-o-Scream and shared some of his tricks and treats with News Channel 8.

Combing some conditioner through dry hair can give dressed-up zombies that “undead, unwashed hair” look and petroleum jelly and flour can be used to make a fake wound.

“You just mix it, there isn’t any correct measurement on it, you just get a consistency where you can work with it…you have your blood, throw a little on there and immediately, you can see it becomes a cut of some sort,” said Cape.

A popular breakfast foot can serve another purpose in the zombie world.

“Oatmeal is great for texturing. Mix that with some latex and just lay it on the skin,” said Cape.

Zombies are always a popular choice on Halloween, but according to Party City, costumes that deal with the 2016 Election and Snapchat will be the most popular this year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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