DIY Hocus Pocus Billy Butcherson Halloween Costume and Makeup Tutorial

by |October 27, 2016

 DIY Hocus Pocus Billy Butcherson Halloween Costume and Makeup Tutorial

Anyone who grew up in the 90s is sure to include Hocus Pocus in their annual Halloween watch list. It is a great movie for all ages to get into the Halloween spirit and the Sanderson sister continue to be a popular group Halloween costume year after year. Another great character to dress up as for Halloween is Billy Butcherson, Winifred Sanderson’s zombie ex-boyfriend who she raises from the dead to chase after the children who stole her witchcraft book. If you want a scary look for Halloween, check out our Billy Butcherson DIY costume and makeup tutorial below. It’s just a little Hocus Pocus!


Hocus Pocus Billy Butcherson Halloween Costume

The Inspiration

Hocus Pocus Billy Butcherson[source]

When Winifred Sanderson brought Billy back from the dead, she had no idea he would eventually turn against her. Which is weird, considering she was the one who put him in the grave in the first place. She should’ve known he wouldn’t be too happy about that. If you want to dress up as this zombie, you don't need to spend 300 years in the grave! Just follow the instructions below.


The Finished Look

 Billy Hocus Pocus Makeup and Costume

"He's a good zombie."


Products Used

Billy Butcherson Costume and Accessories

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Dressing like Billy Butcherson is the easy part. All you need is a zombie costume (minus the chest piece). Pair it with a white pirate shirt and a crazy black wig and you've got everything you need for the outfit. The next step is the makeup. It may look like a lot, but it's actually pretty easy. Just get a special effects makeup kit and follow our instructions in the video below. Even if you're not specifically planning on being Billy Butcherson for Halloween, this tutorial is still a great asset when making your own zombie costume makeup.


Hocus Pocus Billy Butcherson Makeup Tutorial Video


Hocus Pocus Billy Butcherson Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

The first step is to apply spirit gum to the eyebrows. Use the end of your makeup brush to press the hair down. Once the hair is completely affixed to the face, apply latex adhesive to the brows and cheekbones. Then, apply molding wax directly to the adhesive. Mold the wax around the brow and high points of the cheeks. be sure to take the time to mold it into the right shape, but it doesn't have to be perfect because he is a zombie. Then, use moisturizer and a small spatula to press the edges down. This will help the wax work better for you.

Apply latex over the molding wax to fix any edges that are sticking up. Next, apply liquid collagen in a downward line along the cheeks and chin to create the effect of drooping skin. You'll have a bit of a wait at this point, since the liquid collagen takes some time to dry.

Once the liquid collagen is dry, apply liquid latex over the entire face. Next, use a dingy yellow-color paint over the whole face. We combined the yellow and brown with a little green to get the shade that we liked. Now, add more green, black and brown around the eyes.

Take a rusty brown color painting inside the ridges of the wax to add depth. Now, use the same colors to texture the skin. Color the nose black to make it seem hollow. Paint the lips a pale color, and paint the inside of the lips black to make it seem like they're rotting.

Now, to add the stitches. Using spirit gum, add dots around the mouth. Tap each dot to activate the spirit gum. Attach black string to each one to make it look like a sewn-up mouth. Finally, the wig. And, Billy has risen from the grave!


Billy Takes a Nap



Billy Wakes Up

It's difficult waking up from a 300-year nap.


How many times are you going to be watching Hocus Pocus this year? Think you'll want to dress up as Billy Butcherson? If you are, you might want to get a group who wants to dress up as the Sanderson sisters too! You can get check out our other DIY Hocus Pocus costumes blog for instructions on their costumes. If you're looking for something more traditional, we have a huge selection of witch costumes and zombie costumes. Happy Halloween!

Devin Rubink
Devin Rubink

Devin Rubink is an Inbound Marketing Specialist for He is a film fanatic who enjoys watching anything from action, to comedy, to horror, and even movies that are so bad, they’re entertaining. Devin also enjoys dressing up in costumes with his kids, although he finds it difficult to fit into some of the princess dresses. He studies Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit, to buff up his knowledge and help him achieve his dream of being a game show contestant.

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