Last Minute Halloween Costume



1, 12″ zipper ( skin toned is best )

Red face paint, or Vampire blood

2 way tape


Don’t have these things around the house but wanna do this immediately?  See if you have an old sweater or something you can steal a zipper out of.  Make fake blood using one of these recipes.


Don’t have an old sweater or the ingredients to make fake blood?  Rip the sweater off of the first person walking past you.  With any luck they’ll also punch you in the face.  Win, win.  Extra win if they punch you in the nose which always produces magnificent amounts of blood.

Your best choice is to buy the fake blood. I got mine for $1 at my local Dollar Store.  They sometimes sell zippers as well.




1.  Remove the backing from one side of the two way tape and press it onto either side of the opened zipper.

2.  Smear your nose, mouth and chin with “blood”.

3.  Remove tape from other side of two way tape and gently press onto your face, taking care not to smear the blood onto it.

4.  If the zipper isn’t close enough to your skin colour, rub it with your skin foundation (and also put the foundation on your face).

If you want to see a couple of more pictures of this thing of gore beauty, you can see them here.

My niece asked me “If you’re at a Halloween party and someone asks what you are, what do you say?

You say “Awesome“.



  1. martina says:

    This is the greatest. You are my hero.

  2. West Coast Nan says:

    Totally awesome, although Zipperface was not my first thought when I saw you! It was censored on FB so I only saw the edges…

  3. Gretchen says:

    This is perfect!
    I think I may actually do it and gross out as many people as I can!
    Thanks Karen.
    You. Rock.

  4. sandra says:

    Love it! So clever. Happy Halloween

  5. SO GOOD!
    Karen you’re so bad ass! Love this.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Damn you. I was already planning on being a zipper face. Seriously. Now the whole internet will have already seen it. Love you anyway!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Holy cr*p that’s awesome!
    I don’t even like Halloween. But it’s so … awesome!

    BTW, would you ask your dollar store to open a branch near me, ’cause judging by the stuff you get there, it’s awesome, too.

  8. shuckclod says:

    That is what you get when trying to steal the eggs from the girls. You look great 🙂

  9. Tim says:

    Normally, I think you are a very attractive person but, the zipper face is just plain creepy. I will have to share that with some other friends. Should make a great addition to a costume.

  10. Mike says:

    That is so gross. Stop being so gross and instead teach me how to keep the drawers from falling out of my nightstand when I open them beyond halfway. Or how to get this mouse out of my house or something.

    So gross.

  11. nissa says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, am so using this idea next year.
    in australia, we have a zombie march every year, and this is just tooo awesome to not do.

    stumbled across your site via a post about growing scallions, and have been here for the last 1 1/2 hours. have joined your FB, but am so hooked, i have to go through every tab and post and…..

    gotta go, so much to still see and get excited over.

    thankyou, thankyou. thankyou.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nissa! K. Well … you have a long way to go. I think I have close to a thousand posts written. You might have to quit your job and adhere to a strict Art of Doing Stuff reading schedule. Good luck and drink plenty of liquids. 🙂 ~ karen!

  12. Sia says:

    Omg, that just freaked me out.

  13. Bre Quantrill says:

    Woo whooooo!!! Excellent! Happy Halloween!

  14. Mondo says:

    an actual scary costume…genius.

  15. Adrienne in Atlanta says:

    Awesome. Even your hair is looking great here. I like the slightly tousled bit.

    Happy Halloween!

  16. Beth says:

    YAAAAAAAYYYYY! I can’t believe someone I “know” finally did it! I’ve always wanted to do this and wear it to work, but I take the city bus… and work for the government dealing with the public. Somehow I don’t think it fits with “business casual” attire. Especially when they won’t let us wear shorts.

  17. Ev says:

    Whoa, really gross! Well done!

  18. magali says:

    are you giving out candy like that?

  19. Brian Cessna says:

    Good Karen! Makes my orange t-shirt with the writing “this is my costume!” quite boring looking 🙂 Have a great day!

  20. Carolyn says:

    Wow, This is a neat idea.. I have never seen anything like this.. This will scare the pants off any one.

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my word, that is so creepy! I love it!

  22. Lynne says:

    That’s seriously creepy. Awesome.

  23. NikiDee says:

    Can a person actually feel two emotions at the exact same time? Yes. After seeing this post I experienced “Cool” & “Gross” at exactly the same time. Chilling…but cool!

  24. Charmaine says:

    Still considering what to wear today… I work at a clinic, do you think it would be inappropriate? LOL!

  25. Vicky says:

    I might do this tonight to pass out candy to the trick or treaters!!! That is awesome!

  26. SuzyM says:

    Love your zipper. Do you start most conversations with, “I’m going to be open with you”?

  27. jules says:


  28. Jay says:

    Wish I hadn’t clicked on that while I had lunch!

    Amazing in a very disturbing way

  29. Dee says:

    Totally creepy. Nearly dropped my bowl of cereal.

  30. Rondina says:

    Almost as scary as the wreath. I hope you aren’t opening the door to trick or treaters wearing that.

  31. Brandi says:

    How does your niece feel about this one!?!?
    ….LOVE it btw!!!!

    • Karen says:

      She hated it. She told me there was something wrong with me. When she showed her husband Garry/Barry of falling down fame, he got gaggy. I’m so proud. ~ karen!

  32. Jeannie B says:

    Your beautiful blue eyes! And then, the bloody zipper mouth. Looks like you’ve just had facial surgery and they’re using a new technique. Fake blood AT THE DOLLAR STORE????? What is the world coming to.
    Happy Halloween Karen!

  33. Nancy Blue Moon says:


  34. THE BEST!!
    Thank you!!

  35. Debbie says:

    You need to wear red more often! Makes your eyes stand out even more. Lol Debbie
    P.S. Totally going to steal this.

  36. Vanessa M says:

    I am so afraid of you right now.

  37. Marti says:

    Wow! I now stand a chance of going to a Halloween party this weekend!
    I also stand a chance of having several weeks of nightmares. Thanks as always, Karen!

  38. Sandi says:

    I love how this is “last minute” for you–it’s better than any costume I’ve ever worn in my life. 🙂

    You’re so awesome.

  39. Barbie says:

    I don’t know how you do it…but you do and I am so impressed! Love it Karen!

  40. Linda S in NE says:

    So am I the only person who is wondering how you manage to breath?? Or does the resulting white, pasty look just add to the realism?? I know you’ll have fun tonight.

    • Karen says:

      ???, LOL? I didn’t get rid of my nose or mouth. They’re right there. They’re just covered in a God awful, possibly toxic, made in China red coloured goo. ~ karen

  41. Erin says:

    Oh UGH!!! Well done.

  42. sera says:

    omg! that is seriously creepy!!!! I’m just slapping on the cat ear headband. snooze.

  43. Meg says:

    HAHAH OH GOD that’s SO great. Finally saw this, today. 🙂 Well done, that is horrifying!

  44. Toronto Boy says:

    This picture just proved that the old adage is wrong. The correct phrase should read “Beauty is on the outside rather than the inside!” =P

    On that note …
    Halloween is over! Time to zip up! It’s getting cold-d-d-d-d-d!

  45. sky says:

    The scary part is Karen how did you ever think of this? Amazing. Best ever.

  46. Janet says:

    That is the coolest. Its easy, cheap and scary. …and makes the little kids screeeeeaaaammmmmm…. Perfection!

  47. Anita says:

    Oh that looks so real. I think that is possibly the grossest Halloween costume ever! Wow. I’ll have to remember that for when my son is old enough to want to be really creepy. shudder. shudder again.

  48. Ember says:

    As a mom of three little ones age 7 and under, I want to thank you for censoring the main page’s picture so children don’t inadvertently see it. I knew to cover the pic. I love reading all of your blogs and just wanted to let you know kudos to you for keeping your home page pics family friendly:). You make me want to be “crafty”.

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