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
- Snow White dress
- black wig
- red headband
- white high socks
- black Maryjane shoes
- 2 Disney Dwarf plush dolls, 10" in size or bigger
- adhesive Velcro strips
- double sided carpet tape
- cheap red lipliner
- liquid latex
- several bits of 1-ply toilet paper
- bloody scab makeup kit
- paint brush
- makeup sponge
- mini scissors
- liquid foundation in your skin colour
- black eyeliner
- red food dye
- blue food dye
- 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.
- Stick the other side of the Velcro on your dwarf.
- Attach dwarf to your neck with the help of the Velcro. It will sit on you nicely.
- 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.
- Paint on a nice thick coat of liquid latex in the wound area.
- Immediately dab on bits of tiny toilet paper onto the painted area.
- Paint more liquid latex onto the toilet paper. Repeat this process a couple times so it's thick.
- Sit and wait until it dries, or speed up the process with a hair dryer on the cool setting.
- Dab foundation on all over the wound so it matches your skin.
- Take your small scissors and cut a slit open from end to end.
- Cut out some flaps in some areas to make it look more busted.
- Dab some of the fake blood into your wound. Really get in there! You can remove your patient dwarf for now.
- Take your black eyeliner and draw veins from the wound shooting outward toward your chest and up your neck and face.
- Take a sponge and gently blot on a very small amount of foundation over the veins.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Add some ketchup and stir. Add 3 drops of red food colouring and the tiniest half drop of blue food colouring. Mix.
- Test out the fabric safety of your fake blood by adding it to an old white t-shirt or piece of cloth.
- 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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