Looking for a last-minute Halloween costume or an easy Halloween craft idea before trick-or-treating? Whip up a batch of fake blood to really up the scare factor. After all, fake blood is a Halloween staple. Even if you don’t have time for an elaborate Halloween costume, a little fake blood can go a long way in turning your average getup into something truly frightening. Whether you intend to use it for your ghoulish makeup or to add some bloody handprints to your Halloween decorations, get ready to roll up your sleeves and make as many buckets of blood as you please.
Of course, you can always buy your blood premade online or from a store. But it’s quick, easy (and cheap) to make fake blood at home! Plus, most of these concoctions only require a handful of ingredients that you most likely already have at home, making this a unique Halloween activity you can whip up in no time. If you have food coloring on hand or prefer a more natural dying route, we’ve got ideas to give you the most believable blood possible.
Step into our lab, where we’ve been hard at work experimenting with several recipes to find the grossest, coolest, creepiest and most realistic faux blood out there. From scabs to fake guts to blood smeared on clothes, our recipes will give you a scarily convincing result for any Halloween costume. Pick your favorite to start concocting a personal batch for your DIY vampire costume, or whatever gory idea that gets your blood pumping this Halloween.
How to Make Fake Blood
This clean, runny blood is perfect is for dripping and splattering. Plus, it was the easiest to make of all the recipes we tested.
- Combine 1 cup corn syrup with 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup in a bowl.
- Stir in red food coloring until you get a deep red color. We used about 8 drops.
How to Make Fake Blood Without Coloring: Substitute beet or pomegranate juice in place of the food dye. You can also try red Kool Aid or jello, tomato paste, fruit punch, or strawberry syrup.
How to Make Fake Blood for Clothes
This darker, viscous blood is made for smearing (á la the shower curtain in Psycho). It also can look really drippy without actually dripping all over the place. To make dried blood clothes or surfaces, just use a hair dryer.
This blood includes detergent and IS NOT edible, so you should avoid putting it directly on your skin. It’s great for splattering a Carrie-like prom gown or a lab coat for a mad scientist.
- Combine 2/3 cup chocolate syrup and 1/3 cup Tide laundry detergent.
- Add 4 to 6 teaspoons red food coloring.
How to Make Fake Guts
To manipulate the texture of guts, you can use anything from chunky peanut butter to oatmeal. We went more extreme by adding in thin strips of toilet paper, which best mimicked the look of vital organs.
After I was all covered up in fake blood and guts, I decided to test drive my faux injuries and texted my mom (a woman who is not easily fooled) a picture:
- Prepare either fake blood recipes (above).
- Tear thin strips of tissue paper.
- Stir into the blood until you’ve reached your desired texture.
How to Make Fake Scabs
This was our favorite and the most realistic looking blood mixture. It will darken slightly as it dries and the texture gets better as it sits, so feel free to make it about an hour ahead of time. The chunky texture of the added onion flakes gives the appearance of “scabs.”
- Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 4 teaspoons water, 1 teaspoon corn syrup, 1 tablespoon onion flakes, and 4 drops red food coloring.
- Clump it onto your skin and let dry.
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