Last Minute Halloween Costume

You’ve left it to the last minute but you need a Halloween costume. STAT.  You can become Zipperface faster than you can run to the store to buy a costume.  An easy last minute halloween costume.

Someone invited you to a Halloween party didn’t they?  And you don’t want to go because you’re sitting on the couch and the weather is kind of gross and you *just* went out 4 months ago. PLUS you don’t have a costume.  Well.  I may not have the solution to the comfortable couch thing but I do have a solution for the costume thing.

You’re at home with no plans to go out for Halloween or to a Halloween party when suddenly … you are. You’re very popular. People want you to go places.  You must make a mental note to be less charming in general.

If you don’t happen to have a wardrobe filled with suits of armour or Edwardian bosom pushing dresses, this easy Halloween costume should get you out the door in an hour or so – depending on how long you have to look for stuff around the house.


1, 12″ zipper ( skin toned is best )

Red face paint, or Vampire blood

2 way tape or spirit gum.

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.  If you have spirit gum it’s the MUCH better choice.

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.  If the two way tape is really strong press it against your shirt or pants until it catches enough lint to make it less sticky.  Just enough to stay on your face, not sticky enough to rip half of it off when you remove your face zipper at the end of the night.

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


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

You say “Awesome“.


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  1. sky says:

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

  2. 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!

  3. Meg says:

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

  4. sera says:

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

  5. Erin says:

    Oh UGH!!! Well done.

  6. 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

  7. Barbie says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. Vanessa M says:

    I am so afraid of you right now.

  11. 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.

  12. THE BEST!!
    Thank you!!

  13. Nancy Blue Moon says:


  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. Rondina says:

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

  17. Dee says:

    Totally creepy. Nearly dropped my bowl of cereal.

  18. Jay says:

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

    Amazing in a very disturbing way

  19. jules says:


  20. SuzyM says:

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

  21. Vicky says:

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

  22. Charmaine says:

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

  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. Lynne says:

    That’s seriously creepy. Awesome.

  25. Elizabeth says:

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

  26. Carolyn says:

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

  27. Brian Cessna says:

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

  28. magali says:

    are you giving out candy like that?

  29. Ev says:

    Whoa, really gross! Well done!

  30. 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.

  31. Adrienne in Atlanta says:

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

    Happy Halloween!

  32. Mondo says:

    an actual scary costume…genius.

  33. Bre Quantrill says:

    Woo whooooo!!! Excellent! Happy Halloween!

  34. Sia says:

    Omg, that just freaked me out.

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. shuckclod says:

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project says:

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

  42. sandra says:

    Love it! So clever. Happy Halloween

  43. 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.

  44. 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…

  45. martina says:

    This is the greatest. You are my hero.

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