There is an amazing amount of serious scholarly work on zombies. Anthropologists have traced the origins of the idea to indigenous African tribal beliefs that were brought to islands in the Caribbean by the slave trade. Biologists have speculated on medical conditions that could account for the symptoms attributed to zombies. Philosophers have endlessly debated whether or not it is possible for zombies to exist as conscious beings who aren't aware that they're conscious--because consciousness, by definition, includes awareness. One nursing journal actually published an article instructing nurses how to identify and treat the unfortunate victims of a zombie outbreak. Even the venerable U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) published a guide on how to prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. Of course, everything in that guide also applies to preparing for a hurricane, earthquake, blizzard or disease epidemic, too!
Let's accept, for the sake of argument, that zombies can and do exist. So, how to they come about? In Haiti, practitioners of vodoun (voodoo) believe that powerful priests called bokors can create a zombie from the body of a recently deceased person by incantations and the use of specially prepared potions. A Harvard ethnobiologist actually identified the "zombie powder" as tetrodotoxin. Others have suggested viruses or prions, either airborne or transmitted by contact with blood or body fluids (such as, but not limited to, biting) as the mode of contagion. Everyone agrees, however, that once a person is infected, by whatever means, that they will inevitably become a zombie.
How do you identify a zombie? Chiefly by four symptoms which must all be present: 1) an unsteady shuffling gait when walking; 2) lack of human personality; 3) insatiable desire to consume flesh or brains; and 4) incessant moaning and inability to speak clearly. If someone near you shows these symptoms, RUN! The only way to keep from becoming a zombie yourself is to avoid contact with them.
In a worst-case scenario, if you can't beat them, join them! Our zombie costumes and accessories will give you what you need to become any type of zombie you choose, from famous figures to pirates to cheerleaders and athletes. Even if there's not a real zombie apocalypse, you can have fun pretending that there is!