Snow White and the Undead Dwarves

I love taking regular Halloween costumes and giving their storyline a bit of a twist. This year, the narrative of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves met a terrifying zombie apocalypse. The dwarves turned first, then got ahold of Snow. Obviously, it's a bit of a cute joke costume as I used little plush dwarf dolls for the planned attack. Including creating the open wound with makeup, this costume takes about an hour to put together. It was totally a hit on Halloween!


I've had this Snow White dress for 20 years and had only ever worn it as the plain old character. I try to reinvent storylines to save money, and get a good laugh! I spent about $8 on each dwarf doll from eBay, and chose ones around 10 inches in size or a touch bigger. Make sure to read the end of this tutorial as it contains my how-to for making fabric-safe fake blood. This comes in very handy for making a variety of gory costumes, not just a zombie one.

Total Time: 60 minutes



  1. Put on your Snow White dress and place a dwarf on your shoulder so it looks like it's biting your neck. Stick a piece of Velcro on your shoulder.
  2. Stick the other side of the Velcro on your dwarf.
  3. Attach dwarf to your neck with the help of the Velcro. It will sit on you nicely.
  4. While your patient little dwarf is still attached to you, so you get an idea of where is a good placement, make an outline of your neck wound with red lipliner.
  5. Paint on a nice thick coat of liquid latex in the wound area.
  6. Immediately dab on bits of tiny toilet paper onto the painted area.
  7. Paint more liquid latex onto the toilet paper. Repeat this process a couple times so it's thick.
  8. Sit and wait until it dries, or speed up the process with a hair dryer on the cool setting.
  9. Dab foundation on all over the wound so it matches your skin.
  10. Take your small scissors and cut a slit open from end to end.
  11. Cut out some flaps in some areas to make it look more busted.
  12. Dab some of the fake blood into your wound. Really get in there! You can remove your patient dwarf for now.
  13. Take your black eyeliner and draw veins from the wound shooting outward toward your chest and up your neck and face.
  14. Take a sponge and gently blot on a very small amount of foundation over the veins.
  15. Now take your eyeliner again and make heavier black veins around to show depth. I made them extra heavy people could make them out from far away.
  16. Tie your hair into braids, pin to the top of your head, and put on your wig. Pull out some of your own hair for a more realistic hairline. If you don't have dark hair, use some mascara on it to blend.
  17. Now that your wig is on, do some finishing touches on the vein work. Dabbing on a bit of liquid latex on the wound flap edges makes for awesome pus-filled looking gnarliness. Give it a try!
  18. The veins should be heavier at the wound then muted going out. (This is a photo of my makeup after I took off the dress, but I want you to see how it should look.)
  19. Having the dwarf hang off the hip needs a lot more strength than Velcro can handle. Take a piece of double-sided carpet tape and attach the dwarf to your hip at the mouth and at the belly.
  20. If you'd like some fake blood on your outfit or on your dwarves, make some that you can wash off easily. Mix a bit of cornstarch in a dish with a touch of water.
  21. Add some ketchup and stir. Add 3 drops of red food colouring and the tiniest half drop of blue food colouring. Mix.
  22. Test out the fabric safety of your fake blood by adding it to an old white t-shirt or piece of cloth.
  23. If it washes out nicely with some water and dish detergent, you're good to go! Spray that fake blood on!

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