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Ms. Krueger
Nightmare on Elm Street
Reference Photos:
Costume Photos:
Costume made: 2008
Worn at: Spooky Empire Horror Weekend 2010, May-Hem 2013

About this costume:
It was Halloween, I didn’t have a new costume ready yet, and I was insanely busy.
With no time to create a costume from scratch, I picked one that I couldn’t sell
because it arrived damaged. The
sexy Freddy Krueger costume by Rubies
looked pretty cool, but as soon as I took it out of the package, one of the blades
fell off the glove. As I was trying to fix it, another one fell off. So after some
ingenuity and a little beading wire, everything was wired back on and fully mobile.
Then I tried on the dress and found there was nothing sexy about a scratchy
sweater that come up to my chin and down to my knees. And the claw marks are not positioned on the
stomach, like shown in the photo, but up higher so it shows your bra. So I came up with a new costume
idea- someone who was attacked by Freddy and then possessed. This outfit was a lot of fun to wear. It
was the first time I went as something scary and gross. It was perfect for Halloween!

How I made the costume:

Outfit:
To get the attacked look, I cut out the neck so the dress fit down on my shoulders. This also
repositioned the claws marks lower so now they were in the same place as on the catalog photo. Then I
cut the dress shorter on one side and added slash marks to the arms and back. Cutting the neck out left
me with a baggy sack of a dress, so I took it in several inches in the back. Once I got a decent fit, I found
a brown bra and sewed the front of the dress to the bra so the bra straps would hold up the front and let
everything hang like it had been ripped off.

Shoes:
My husband’s old work boots

Accessories:
Ripped red fishnets, brown fedora and Freddy glove. I had to wire the blades back on the glove as soon
as I removed it from the package. My rigging work lasted all night, until the entire front plate that held all
the blades on fell off.  I was able to glue that back on later so I can wear the outfit again. I'm also wearing
one white zombie contact lens.

Hair & Make-up:
The hair is pretty plain- I just straightened my own hair. It’s the make-up that really makes this outfit! To
get the burned nasty look, I started with 3-D Gel by Mehron. The instructions with it say to simply put it in
a cup of hot water and wait until it liquifies. I had the big 2 fl.oz. bottle, and it refused to do anything but
get mildy warm on my first attempt. There was nothing liquid about it. So I boiled water on the stove,
poured that into a large coffee cup, sat the bottle down in it and prayed the whole thing wouldn’t melt.
It took a few tries before the contents started getting squishy, though they were nowhere close to being
ready to squirt out of the small opening in the bottle lid. Being impatient, and somewhat worried about a
complete meltdown, I tested the contents by jamming a chopstick down the side and jiggling it around.
The center of the bottle was still pretty solid, but the sides were starting to get soft. I gave the bottle one
more heating before it was gooey enough to work with.
It’s best to start with a freshly washed, but thoroughly dry face. You don’t want to have any make-up,
surface oils or lotion on your skin or the gel will not stick as well. My application tool of choice was a
chopstick because I never did get the bottle fully melted, but you can use anything from a real make-up
brush to your fingers. The guy at the costume shop where I bought the gel at said he used a popsicle
stick. My method was to jam the chopstick in the bottle, swirl it around so the gel stuck to it, then quickly
smear it in big globs on my face. It takes full commitment at this point.
I just kept going until the entire area was covered. The gel is safe to use over hair, and later in the
evening I was relieved when it peeled right off without taking my eyebrow with it. The directions say to
keep messing with it to get the right effect, but I found that if I messed with it, then it peeled right off my
face in big clumps. So I adopted a method of smear, squash and don’t touch. If anything needed
smoothing, then wet fingertips worked best. The gel didn’t feel bad at all going on. It was like putting on a
warm oatmeal mask.
It takes a while to fully dry, but you can start applying make-up while it is still a little sticky. When I was
doing test spots on my arm, it took nearly an hour to completely dry. So for the face, I waited until I could
tap it without with sticking to my finger and coming off my face. It dries to a light peachy tan color. I first
covered the entire mess with liquid foundation to even out the sticky parts. Then I applied dark brown
eyeshadow and dark blush with a blush brush, creating a mottled burnt look by putting it on in different
spots and blending it all together.
The next step was applying the fake blood. I used Squirt Blood by Mehron in the Dark Venous shade.
The squirt blood is thinner than stage blood, and is good for splattered and dripping effects. I squirted it
right out of the bottle to make slash marks and then used my fingertips to rub some of it in various spots
on my face, accentuating some of the bloody looking areas. I also applied it around the edges of the gel
to make it blend into my skin. I then gave the finished gory masterpiece a couple sprays with Ben Nye
Final Seal to protect my hard work.