How to Dress Like Freddy Krueger for Halloween


One, two, Freddy's coming for you! In the film series "A Nightmare on Elm Street," Krueger was a malicious murderer who was burned alive by the enraged parents of the children he murdered. But even certain death could not stop Mr. Krueger from terrorizing the youth. Now, he haunts the dreams of the youth of Elm Street. The only problem is that they never wake up from these dreams. This Halloween, try dressing up as Elm Street's most notorious undead child murderer, Freddy Krueger.

Things You'll Need

  • Red and green striped sweater
  • Lighter
  • Brown hat
  • Dark pants
  • Brown shoes
  • Freddy Krueger glove
  • Liquid latex
  • Toilet paper
  • Flesh colored cream makeup
  • Red and black cream makeup

The Wardrobe of a Madman

  • Find an old red and green striped sweater at a thrift store. Don't worry about the size or condition of the sweater; you are only going to ruin it even further.

  • Tear holes in various places around the sweater. Take a lighter to the fibers around these holes so the sweater looks like it has been burned.

  • Purchase an old brown hat from a thrift store. You can use a fedora or a brown hat with a wider brim. Like the sweater, feel free to carefully burn a few singe marks into the hat as well.

  • Wear the hat and sweater with dark khaki slacks and dirty brown work shoes.

  • Purchase a replica Freddy Krueger-claw glove from your local party shop. If they are not available at a costume shop near you, try purchasing them online.

A Face Only a Mother Could Love

  • Apply a layer of liquid latex to your clean face.

  • Attach squares of toilet paper in bunches along your face. Use it to create raises that look like burned skin.

  • Cover the toilet paper with another layer of liquid latex to hold in place.

  • Let these dry before applying a layer of flesh-colored cream makeup as a base.

  • Apply accents of black and red cream makeup along the bumps on your face to look like sickly, burned flesh.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can't find a red and green striped sweater, buy a red one and use olive green fabric paint to create stripes.
  • Try making your own "Freddy glove" by painting plastic knives grey and attaching them with duct tape to a brown work glove.
  • Be extremely careful when burning the sweater with a lighter. It could catch fire quickly. Have a fire extinguisher or bucket of water handy as a precaution.

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