When a crisp breeze comes our way and a certain type of magic fills the air… we know Halloween is near! While some people look forward to fun fall activities like visiting pumpkin patches, others are gearing up for all things spooky. Think: haunted houses, chilling corn mazes, and horror movie marathons! If those frightful Halloween activities are more up your alley, then your DIY Halloween costumes are probably on the scary side, too. And what’s the best way to take a costume from creepy to creepiest? Fake blood, of course!
Whether you’re dressing up as a classic vampire, a realistic zombie, or going as horror icon Carrie White, you might be wondering how to make fake blood for your Halloween costume. Actually, it’s not difficult! All you need is a few simple ingredients that you might have at home already. While fake blood from your local Spirit Halloween is always an option, sometimes those big bottles come with a hefty price tag and might not look as real as you’re wanting. Or maybe you’re working on last-minute Halloween costumes and you just don’t have time to run out. Fear not, because this step-by-step guide will show you how to make realistic and safe fake blood for splattering on both your body and clothes.
Adding a few drips to your Halloween makeup or Halloween face paint is sure to get you some blood-curdling reactions (and first prize in costume contests) at all of your upcoming Halloween parties! But note: Though the ingredients used here are generally safe, it’s always best to conduct a spot test before applying fake blood to your skin or clothing. And beware, it might leave permanent stains on fabric!
How do you make fake blood for skin?
Get ready to send shivers down everyone’s spine with this fake blood recipe that’s great for a dripping or splattering effect. Thanks to its edible ingredients, this one can be splattered all over your skin so you can embody everything from just-fed Dracula to a ravenous werewolf.
Gather your ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need: corn syrup, red food coloring, and chocolate syrup. You can also try substituting the food coloring with fruit punch, Kool-Aid powder, or Jell-O powder.
Grab a bowl and combine 1 cup of corn syrup with 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup. Stir together.
Add several drops of red food coloring (or another red ingredient) until you get your desired bloody color.
Test it! Before using the fake blood on yourself, drip it on a white cloth to make sure it looks straight out of your favorite scary movie scene.
How do you make fake blood for clothes?
Using similar ingredients, you can also make fake blood for your clothes that will garner a scare and a great splatter. Hello, dead prom queen dresses and creepy clown costumes! Just be sure to keep the blood to your clothes as this recipe is non-edible.
Get your ingredients together. For this one, you’ll use: chocolate syrup, red food coloring, and laundry detergent.
Make like a mad scientist and combine 2/3 cup chocolate syrup and 1/3 cup Tide laundry detergent in a measuring cup.
Add 4 to 6 teaspoons of red food coloring, depending on your desired shade. Stir together.
After applying the blood to your clothes, you can use a hair dryer to control drips or dry it for an old blood look.
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