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Halloween is right around the corner, which means that soon the streets will be flooded with witches, diminutive police officers, princesses, monsters, and, of course, zombies. Zombies have always held a special position in our culture, and there's no better time of year to celebrate the undead.

Our love-hate relationship with all things undead is nothing new.

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was originally published in 1818. And while it maybe wasn't the first undead story ever written, Frankenstein's monster is the earliest zombie we can think of to make it into mainstream popular culture. The hulking green-faced character has been a mainstay Halloween costume for as long as we can remember — and it'll likely stay that way.

The idea of the dead coming back as mindless killers is inherently thrilling.

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It's been 35 years since Thriller was released. Those dancing zombies still make an appearance year after year at Halloween. The foulest stench is in the air The funk of forty thousand years And grisly ghouls from every tomb Are closing in to seal your doom And though you fight to stay alive Your body starts to shiver For no mere mortal can resist The evil of the thriller! You can hear that laugh now, can't you?

There is certainly no shortage of examples to draw Halloween inspiration from these days.

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Have zombies ever held such an honored position in our pop culture as they do today? Millions of people love The Walking Dead and its cast of terrifying and diverse zombies. The show depicts variations on the classic undead archetype — all done to hideous perfection.

The Walking Dead zombies aren't the only ones enjoying primetime these days.

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White walkers — a completely different breed of zombie — also captivate and thrill us. This Halloween we definitely expect to see the icy blue tones of white walkers among us. After all, winter is coming.

For some Halloween inspiration, check out this woman's amazing zombie transformation!

Her brand of zombie is definitely more Walking Dead than Game of Thrones. It's terrifying, realistic (as far as zombies go), and would scare the Snickers out of any kid who sees her. Happy Halloween!