How to Make a Texas Chainsaw Massacre Costume

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How to Make a Texas Chainsaw Massacre Costume
A chainsaw is the perfect prop for a Leatherface costume. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is a horror movie that came out in the 1970s. This creepy flick stars a serial killer called Leatherface, who is based on the real-life killer Ed Gein. Make a scary Leatherface costume yourself and let people know who you are without saying a word. Leatherface is a horror icon for fans of the films and would make a simple costume to put together if you are on a budget this year but don't want to forfeit the scare factor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • White button-down shirt
  • Tie
  • Jeans or khaki trousers
  • Brown or black shoes
  • Apron
  • Rubber face mask
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Yarn or dark thread
  • Hair gel
  • Fake blood (optional)
  • Fake chainsaw prop or nonworking chainsaw

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  1. 1

    Dress in the white button-down shirt, tie and trousers. Trousers can either be khaki or blue jeans. Add some brown or black shoes, depending on what you have.

  2. 2

    Pull on a butcher-style apron with straps that go around your neck. The apron should be white or beige, and if it is dirty, that is a bonus.

  3. 3

    Take a plain, nondescript rubber face mask and cut it in half unevenly, from side to side. Cut a chunk out of the top or the bottom to make it look like it was torn from a helpless victim's face. Create a few jagged cuts around the sides of the mask to add more realism.

  4. 4

    Sew the mask back together with dark yarn or thick thread to make it look like a human face that has been pulled off and sewn back together. Put the mask on. It should fit loosely and not too close to the face.

  5. 5

    Make a messy hairdo with hair gel. Stick your hair up a little bit and muss it so it is sticking out everywhere in different directions.

  6. 6

    Splatter a little fake blood on yourself to look like you've just come back from nabbing a victim with your chainsaw. If you don't want your clothes to be stained, just splatter the apron itself.

  7. 7

    Grab a chainsaw prop or a nonworking chainsaw you can carry around all night to complete your costume.

Tips and warnings

  • Leatherface doesn't really talk, so keep speaking to a minimum aside from a few grunts here and there.

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