Hanging Halloween Votive Holders

Dripping with ghoulish slime, these votive holders add spook to any Halloween setting. Hang from porch rafters or in tree branches in the front yard to help cast a creepy light over trick-or-treaters and party-goers.

Look for inexpensive globe light covers at charity shops and home improvement resale stores like the Habitat Re-store,  or at your local hardware store.

You’ll Need:

  • Rimmed glass jar or globe covers (replacement covers for porch lamps)
  • Green or black glass paint
  • 12 gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Votive candles

Halloween Votive Holders Halloween Votive Holders

  1. Cut three lengths of wire for each votive to the length you require for hanging, around two feet is ideal. Using the needle nose pliers, form a small hook at the end of each piece.
  2. Cut a fourth piece of wire long enough to wrap twice around the neck of the glass globe. Wrap once around the neck, inserting each of the hooked ends of the hanging wires so that they are evenly spaced around the neck. Wrap the wire a second time and twist the ends to secure in place.
  3. Twist the tops of the hanging wires together and then form into a larger hook for hanging.
  4. Pour a generous amount of glass paint along the top rim of the cover, making sure it coats the whole of the rim. Continue to apply paint so that it drips down the inside of the globe in globby streaks.
  5. Hang the glass in a warm place to dry.
  6. Once dry, insert a votive candle into the bottom of each globe, light and hang in place.

Halloween Votive Holders

Sir David’s Window Witch Silhouette Template

What’s that peeking out of that window? Is it…can it be?? A WITCH!

Dress up your windows this Halloween with a life-sized silhouette to peer out at trick-or-treaters and frighten the neighbors. It’s so easy! Here’s how. (Psst! No time to brew up your own wicked silhouette? Check deals out here!)

You’ll Need:

  • Window-sized sheet of black paper
  • Sharp scissors
  • Chalk and pencil
  • Witch template
  • Ruler
  • Clear, double sided tape

Directions:

  • Look for a picture of a witch silhouette (or click and save the template below.) Print it out. This will be your template. Using the ruler and pencil, draw equal lines to create a grid, about one inch squares or smaller. Count the number of lines horizontally and vertically. There will be ten down and seven across if you spaced them out an inch.
  • window halloween witch template
    Right-click to download.

    On your large black sheet, calculate how large you have to space out the lines to fill. For instance, if your sheet is four feet long, each line will be spaced out a bit more than 4 inches (no need to make it exact!) The basic idea is that you’ll need the same number of rectangles in roughly the same proportions to those on the print out.

Next…

  • Look at the line in each grid square of the silhouette, and draw it large in the corresponding larger rectangle on the sheet. Once the entire witch is transferred, cut out carefully.

And Finally…

  • Attach to the inside of your window using double sided tape. The effect of this witch is greatly enhanced by placing it in a window where curtains can be drawn to provide better contrast between the witch and the background. Done!

window witch silhouette

Black Grapevine Pumpkin (+ Illumination Instructions)

 

Photo credit: (l, c) the author; (r) recapturedcharm.com

Thanks, guest contributor Gillian Grimm, for this gorgeous seasonal tutorial!

Grapevine pumpkins pack craft and décor stores this time of year. But how about making one of your own? It’s quick, simple and allows you to customize it to create something a little more unique – like this spooky black version, perfect for your Halloween porch decorations!

You Will Need:

  • grapevine garland (about 7 feet of garland per pumpkin)
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Matte black spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Single string lights, if desired (cordless)

Directions:

  1. Soak the grapevine overnight in a tub of water to help soften the wood and make it more pliable.
  2. Untie the larger strapping but leave the small wires that hold the vines together into a garland. You’ll remove these later but leaving them for now will make forming the pumpkin easier.
  3. Grasp one end of the garland, leaving about four inches of the tail sticking up to form the stem of the pumpkin. Bring the long end of the garland over into a loop and secure with a length of floral wire where the two cross.
  4. Continue to loop around, forming a pumpkin shape and continuing to wire the garland together at the core, until you reach the end of the garland.

grapevine Halloween pumpkin craft grapevine Halloween pumpkin craft tie

grapevine Halloween pumpkin craft grapevine Halloween pumpkin craft knot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Clip the small wires along the outer part of the pumpkin to release the individual vines in the garland, causing the pumpkin to fill out. Use short lengths of wire to help disperse the vines evenly.

6. Allow the pumpkin to dry overnight. Spray with paint over newspaper, turning to assure even coverage. Allow the paint to dry before displaying.

7. If you’d like, thread battery-operated lights inside the pumpkin to have a beautiful, illuminated look.

 

grapevine Halloween pumpkin craft

Haunt Your House With These EASY Hacks

 

Over and over again I hear from rueful friends, “I just don’t have the time to decorate my house for Halloween…and besides, I don’t want to spend a lot of money.”

My answer? Both the time AND money you spend on decorating your house for the scariest day of the year are up to you – and neither has to be a frightening prospect.

Through the years, I’ve haunted my own house in every possible way, from dollar-store die cut black cats to a full-on front yard cemetery, fog machines, zombies and more.

I’ve gathered my go-to Halloween preparation tactics, the ones I use year on year because they’re so easy, yet they’re guaranteed to bring a smile (and a spooky chill!) to admirers of all ages.

Choose the ones that work for you, and remember: it’s your own creativity that’s puts the “spooky” in Halloween. Whether you’re the autumn harvest type or you adore a great Freddy or Jason flick, show your love of Halloween this year with freaky flair!

What’s That Peeking From Your Windows?

Windows offer perhaps the best opportunity to show off your dark side as they’re above the level of the ground and therefore usually very visible to passersby.

No house is truly haunted unless it has creeped-up windows, so try these ideas:

 

  • Attach cobwebs across the windows and dangle a plastic spider from each. Or buy or make an oversize creepy crawly and have it cover one entire window. You can even bundle an old doll in gauze or cheesecloth and dangle it from the web as a spider “victim.”
  • Buy “creepy cloth” in black or white (or rip into some old sheets with scissors or an old nail file – it’s great therapy!). Hang it on either side of each front window of your house for a tattered-curtain look.
  • Hang horrifying styrofoam heads in front of or from windows and eaves. Drape these in billowy white cheesecloth.
  • Cut spooky shapes out of black construction paper; tape to the inside of any window, facing out. Then tape yellow tissue or other transparent paper behind the entire scene. On Halloween night, turn the light on in that room. The lighting behind the tissue paper will make your window scene glow eerily.

Raise the Undead

I find the use of skeletons an integral part of any Halloween decoration scheme.

Look for inexpensive jointed plastic skellies; don’t worry if they’re a little banged up – that only adds to the charm. Or have fun with super-cheap cardboard cutout skeletons. Try these ideas:

  • Wire one posable skeleton to your roof with one arm dangling down (always be careful and use a spotter when climbing a ladder or crawling around on your rooftop). Wire a second skeleton with one arm vertical, as if he’s reaching for help up.
  • Halloween skeletons hanging from a treeHang skeletons from your trees.
  • Set up either a posable or non-posable but dimensional (plastic or rubber) skeleton at the top of your front steps for visibility and dress him up. Give him a saucy pirate getup (eye patch, hat, sword), put two together in unholy matrimony with wedding clothes (check your local consignment shop for deals) or even set him up with an empty can of beer, an ashtray and that 1970s TV you’re always saying you’re going to throw away. The possibilities are endless, and in my experience, the funnier and more outlandish, the better the response from trick-or-treaters (and their jealous moms and dads who didn’t think of it first!).
  • Dance a row of inexpensive cardboard skeleton decorations across the front of your house. Be sure to use tape that’s weatherproof but can be removed later without harming the siding.

 

Credit: partycity.com

Create a Creepy Cemetery

  • Foam tombstones can often be had at a steal. Or consider making your own. Check out this tombstone tutorial.
  • Use plastic animals for a super-creepy effect. Have them gnaw on discarded body parts.
  • Make use of old, broken Halloween decorations by scattering plastic bones and skulls around the area, making the scary site look freshly picked by someone (or something).
  • Make liberal use of fake spiderwebbing across and between your tombstones for a haunting touch.

Get Ghoulish

Halloween ghoul ghost prop

Ghouls are easy to make, and the more tattered the better (or look here for some great choices at prices that won’t come back to haunt you).

Set up something wicked on your front porch by sitting a groundbreaker-type ghoul in a patio chair and adding pants (stuff these with newspapers or old clothing if you’d like) and shoes. Or drape cheesecloth over an old Halloween mask, prop on a broomstick stuck into the ground and voila – the Angel of Death is ready to greet partygoers with an evil grin.

Get Your Autumn On

Last of all, don’t forget to take a little of the outside indoors and to drape mementos of the soon-to-be-gone season along your decorations. Make liberal use of leafy faux vines, inexpensive knick-knacks and seasonal baskets or even toys and dolls to bring a delicious, crisp chill to your home, both inside and out.

 

10 Great Themes for Your Halloween Party

1. Harry Potter Party

Enjoy this Halloween by dressing up as characters from the Harry Potter series! Deck your house out in Hogwarts type décor such as medieval style cutlery, plates and pick your favorite Hogwart’s House to help create a color theme for your party.

Example: Green and Silver for Slytherin House, Red and Gold for Gryfindor House, Blue and Bronze for Ravenclaw House and Yellow and Black for Huffelpuff House. This would make a great theme for kids or Harry Potter fans!

2. True Blood Bash

Have a bloody, sexy bash this Hallow’s Eve by having all of your guests come as the cast of True Blood. Make sure you get your staple characters: Eric Northman, Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton, Lafayette, Tara and Sam Merlott.

This is more a theme for adults, especially considering the content of the show itself (*clearing throat*). If your guests are over 21, feel free to serve deliciously bloody cocktails and serve Louisiana cuisine. You could also have a dual theme with faeries and vampires if you want to stir things up. This could broaden food and drink options. Whatever you do, enjoy and don’t drink and drive!

Twilight Theme Party

3. Twilight Party:

If you’re a big fan of the Twilight saga, having a Twilight themed party may be the way to go. Dress up as Bella, Edward, Jacob and others this Halloween and serve saga inspired food and drink. Imagine a Bella Bloody Mary! If possible, consider having your party outside near some greenery to get the Forks, WA atmosphere. This party theme is suitable for all ages.

4. Underworld Themed Party

Deck yourself and your guests out in leather and boots. Come equipped with fake weapons as Selene, Kraven, Lucian or Michael Corvinus. Silver and blue make a great color scheme for this! If possible, hold this party in a mansion or large house and dim the lights for that otherworldly effect.

5. Ferngully Fairy Dinner Party

Dress up in earth-friendly clothing and serve all raw foods and organics! Fruity cocktails and vegan or vegetarian foods. This is a great idea for people who are vegan or vegetarian and want to enjoy the evening in spite of a sometimes limited or strict lifestyle. Decorate your home in paper lanterns or hang up some string lights. Eat your delicious treats and drink on soft cushions or set up a picnic in the backyard.

A bonus environmental theme party would, of course, be Avatar. Check out a great Avatar theme party setup here.

6. Zombie Party

Turn your house into Zombie land, literally! Dress up as your favorite celebrity, historical figure or yourself, zombified. Serve decaying flesh (Spaghetti or Lasagna), a banana brain cake for desert, and Zombie cocktails!

masquerade Halloween party

7. Mysterious Masquerade Ball

Dress up in your finest on this special evening formal wear and match it with a Venetian mask! Cater for a high class meal and uptown cocktails. If you can, opt for renting out a banquet hall and orchestra for traditional waltzes and ballads. Also, check out a Phantom of the Opera theme party.

8. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Are you an Alice in Wonderland fan? Love the Mad Hatter or Queen of Hearts? Have a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party complete with traditional tea wares, tea cakes, tailcoats and pinafores! Hang pastel paper lanterns and enjoy your party in the backyard on a picnic table with a blue picnic table. Whatever you do, be sure to serve a Un-Birthday Cake!

sparta 300 party9. We Are Sparta!

Enjoy a more traditional party theme and dress up as Greek Gods & Goddesses or the cast of Sparta. Drink wine, cheese and bread and rare luncheon meats. Enjoy them with blue and silver or red and gold theme décor. Have the movie 300 playing in the background.

10. Comics & Superheroes Party

Pick your favorite comic book character or super hero and decorate your house or a banquet hall in bright comic style colors! Theme your drinks to give your specific super hero abilities! Serve up some kryptonite for your enemies!

10 Creepy Cocktails for your Halloween Party

These Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks are Killer

Thanks to our guest contributor for these fab recipes!

This Halloween is approaching quickly and like many, I love to dress up and either attend a party or host one of my own. Many ideas come to mind about what my costume will be, how to decorate my home and most importantly, what drinks to serve!

Although at best I can only be considered a social drinker, I love to enjoy thirst-quenching themed cocktails, non-alcoholic and alcoholic, on my most favorite holiday of the year. It’s for this very reason that I have collected a great list of my favorite drinks that can be enjoyed by anyone over 21 and some that may be enjoyed by all.

Although the directions and ingredients are listed, feel free to get creative and garnish your drinks with the ultimate complements: Gooey Flavored Eyeballs, Vampire Jelly Teeth, Flavored Slime, Etc.

For added fun, use a Halloween-themed cocktail shaker (Amazon has some cool choices). Leave the shaker out where guests can see; it’s one more thing to add to the spooky ambiance.skull cocktail shaker

Scream Soda (Alcoholic)

This alcoholic cocktail will make you scream in delight! A nice amber colored drink filled with dark, mysterious spirits is perfect for your breaks in between dancing to the Monster Mash!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 Oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 5 Oz. Lemon Lime Soda

Directions: Combine all ingredients with ice into a tall glass and stir until mixed thoroughly. Garnish with small pieces of lemon and lime.

*Any lemon lime soda is fine; 7Up, Sprite or Sierra Mist work well or their Diet counterparts work well as a lower calorie alternative!

The Black Widow (Alcoholic)

Are you newly single due to the “untimely” death of your significant other? Was your lover tragically murdered? Are you dressed to kill? If so, this is the perfect cocktail for you! This is a great cocktail for all those who are murderously marvelous and looking for an extra stiff drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Oz. Blavod Black Vodka, Chilled
  • 3 Oz. Chilled Cranberry Juice

Directions: Fill a small martini glass (or your glass of choice) with ice. Pour the Cranberry Juice over the ice. Gently lay the Black Vodka over the juice. Serve.

*Garnish with marschino cherries soaked in corn syrup (simple syrup/agave nectar syrup are healthier alternatives) with red food coloring.

Swamp Water (Alcoholic)

Have you ever been lost in the swamp and coerced by faeries to drink the swamp water? Next thing you know, you and your friends wake up 3 days later underground, covered in vines and no recollection of how you got there? If you want a uniquely flavored drink that promises to take you up the beanstock and into a Grimm Faery Tale, this is the drink that will make it happen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Oz. Spiced Rum
  • 10 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lime
  • 2 Oz. Club Soda
  • Splash of your choice of Dark Cola

Directions: In a your glass of choice, combine the lime juice, mint and sugar. Smash together to bring out the mint’s juice and break up the leaves. Add ice to your glass, then pour the rum over the ice.Add club soda and cola to give it that slimey swamp flavor!

* Feel free to add your choice of Ghoulish Garnish such as Blackberries or whatever you like.

The Ghost (Alcoholic)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 Oz. Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/4 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/4 Oz. Half & Half
  • 1/4 Oz. Simple Syrup

Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until mixed thoroughly and strain into your choice of glass.

* For extra fun, add white chocolate garnish to the rim of the glass and freeze your glass of choice to get the steamy, foggy effect.

Zombie Punch Bowl (Alcoholic)

Zombie punch is just like any average, everyday viral infection and it’s ready to turn all unsuspecting victims into flesh-eating zombies! Bring out your primal instincts this Halloween with Zombie Punch!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Fifths Dark Rum
  • 2 Fifths Light Rum
  • 1 Fifth Bacardi 151 Rum
  • 2 Pints Triple Sec
  • 3 Quarts Lemon Juice
  • 1 Quart Grenadine

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher with ice. Let chill for an hour in a refrigerator without ice or out with ice. Make approximately 80 Servings.

Vampiro (Alcoholic)

The ultimate refreshment for any immortal creature of the night. No need to breathe, just down this drink to revitalize your energy and enliven your supernatural senses once again!

Ingredients:

Syrup:

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Hibiscus Flowers
  • 2 Inch slice of Ginger, unpeeled

Cocktail:

  • 4 Cups White Tequila
  • 2 Cups Lime Juice, Strained
  • 1 Cup Triple Sec
  • Cubes of Ice, As needed or desired
  • Thin sliced Lime to be used as garnish

Directions:

For the Syrup: Bring all syrup ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Strain and refrigerate til chilled.

For the Cocktail: Combine the Tequila, 2 Cups Hibiscus Syrup, & Triple Sec in a pitcher. May be refrigerated a day ahead of time, then served the next day.

To Serve: Fill a shaker with ice and add vampiro cocktail as desired. Shake well. Strain and serve straight up or with ice and lime garnish.

Alice in Nightmareland Drink (Alcoholic)

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to take a trip down the rabbit hole? Have a delightful tea party with the one and only Mad Hatter? Now you can, with a dark twist! Experience the night life of Wonderland with this curious and curiouser cocktail!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Part Blue Curacao
  • 1 Part Jagermeister
  • 1 Part Kahlua

Directions: Pour all ingredients over ice or into a shot glass.

Ghoulish Graveyard Punch (Non-Alcoholic)

Want to call spirits and ghouls to party with you and your kids on Hallow’s Eve? If not, you can still enjoy this delightfully green spritzer while watching scary horror flicks or hosting a family Halloween party! Whatever you do, this will be a ghoulishly great addition to your night!

Ingredients:

  • Lime Slices
  • 1 Liter of Lemon Lime Soda
  • 5 Tablespoons of Lime Grenadine

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a pitcher  and serve over ice in single glasses or place all ingredients in a punch bowl for self serving.

Harry Potter Butterbeer (Non-Alcoholic)

I don’t know about you, but I am HUGE fan of Harry Potter! Millions of kids around are all big fans and with good reason. As a complement to any Harry Potter theme costumes or parties, this drink is sure to be a big hit! If nothing else, it tastes delicious and will bring a smile to any child’s face at the magic involved in this Harry Potter Butterbeer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pint Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Butterscotch Extract
  • 1/4  Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Quart Apple Cider
  • Apple Slices (Optional)

Directions: Beat together ice cream, butterscotch extract, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a mixer until well distributed. Pour into a container and freeze. When ice cream mixture has refrozen, heat apple cider in a pan until steaming hot. Put one-three scoops of ice cream mix into a tall glass. Pour hot cider over ice cream mix and add apples if desired.

Alienade Drink (Non-Alcoholic)

This drink is out of your world! Literally. Made for humans and extraterrestrials alike and encompasses the greatest tastes in the milky way!

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-12 Oz. Glass of Lemonade
  • One Drop Blue Food Coloring
  • One Drop Green Food Coloring
  • Ice Cubes, as needed

Directions: Add ice cubes to a glass and pour desired lemonade into glass. Add one drop of Blue food coloring and one drop of Green food Coloring. Stir to distribute color. Enjoy!

Spooky Kids Snacks

While Halloween is always fun for adults, it’s the kids who absolutely delight in all things creepy and scary. Add to their fun this year, both at parties and just for some every day Halloween excitement, with these Spooky (and delicious) Snacks!

Ghost Cookies

  • 20 Oreo Cookies
  • 1 Tub Vanilla Frosting
  • 60 chocolate chips

Spread a generous layer of frosting onto the top of each cookie, using your knife to draw off the excess in a ghostly “tail”. Add inverted chocolate chip eyes and mouth and plate up for some sweet scary fun!

Witches Hat Crispy Treats

  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 4 Milky Way or Mars Bars
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Witch Hat Cookie Cutter

Melt the butter and candy bars in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the cereal and turn to coat completely. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased pan and press into the corners, making sure the surface is fairly smooth. Once the cereal bars are cool, cut out witches hats using a cookie cutter or simply cut into triangles with a sharp knife.

Mummy dough stripsMummy Dogs

  • 8 Hot dogs
  • 1 package crescent rolls

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Unroll the crescent rolls but do not separate the triangles. Instead, use a pizza cutter to cut 16 thin strips. Starting at the top of the hotdog, wrap one strip around, leaving a gap for the “face” and continue wrapping down the hotdog. Use a second strip of dough to wrap up in the opposite direction creating a criss-cross effect. Use a skewer to poke “eyes” before placing in the oven on a lined cookie sheet. Bake for 9 minutes or until the dough has turned golden.

Mummy hotdogs Halloween treat

Ice Cream Witches

  • 1 tub mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 8 chocolate ice cream cones
  • Black liquorice shoestrings
  • Chocolate chips, jimmies and other small candies

Place a large, rounded scoop of ice cream onto each serving plate. Use the candies to create the “face” for the witch and the liquorice stings for hair. Top with an ice cream cone “hat” and serve up to your favorite little goblins!

Head in a Jar Halloween Prop

Image credit: instructables.com

Looking for a great new Halloween prop that hasn’t been done to death? Don’t lose your head – make this creepy decoration! Making a Head in a Jar prop is so easy, it’s almost scary – and the project won’t bust your Halloween budget. Read on to find out how to create this creepy Halloween decoration.

What You’ll Need

Make sure you have all of your materials ready before starting your project. Here’s what you will need to assemble your Head in a Jar:

  • a printed color image of a spread-out face; look here and here for examples
  • a jar that your head printout will just fit into when the paper is rolled up (tinted or aged/imperfect glass is preferable, or anything with a cloudy appearance)
  • scissors
  • school glue
  • small amount of wig hair, if desired

Assembling Your Severed Head

Jar for Head in a Jar Halloween prop(I just had to make the title gory!)

The first and one of the most important steps in this project is to locate a jar to hold your “head.” For a spookier effect, choose colored glass; otherwise, a standard Mason jar (you know….for preserves…even human ones, apparently!) will do.

Now find a great face image by Googling the words “3D face texture map.” The face should be realistic; a Photoshopped image of a real person’s mug is ideal. A tortured appearance adds to the effect, so look for squinty eyes, puffiness, an open mouth or other evidence that the donor was less than willing.

Print out the image you’ve chosen and make sure it fits your jar once it’s rolled up and inserted. Enlarge or reduce the size if necessary. (We cut around the top portion of a wonderful rendering by artist Ravinder Sembi).

Head in a Jar Halloween prop

Adding a 3-D Look to the Face

printed face for Jar Head in a Jar Halloween propNow cut small pieces of the wig and glue them to the face image. This step is not absolutely necessary, but definitely adds a touch of three-dimensional realism if done subtly.

Place the hair randomly across the forehead/hairline, trying to make it appear natural and in disarray. (We pasted tiny bits of hair to the eyes of our face image to make them look sunken and more dimensional, and then added a few wayward curls at the forehead.)

Allow the glue beneath the hair to dry completely, then roll up the face and insert it inside the jar. Spread it out from the inside with your fingers if it remains too tightly rolled. Rearrange the hair with a finger inserted between the face image and the jar if you need to.

Now screw the top on your jar. If you’d like, go ahead and get creative with some dripped-on candle wax (so that it looks as if the jar was hastily sealed) or a length of rattan or rope tied around the jar’s neck.

You’re done – display your creepy cranium among the gristly goods of a Witch’s Kitchen, in some wads of red-dyed “bloody” cotton as a sinister centerpiece or on a shelf where party guests will least expect it. They’ll never believe you were the “brains” behind the experiment – or how easy it was to put it all together!


Make Fake Blood (+ Brains and Pus!) in Minutes

Credit: Pinterest, CraftersExChange

Fake blood works great to decorate your haunted house, your Halloween party or even as a game of Dunk Tank (replace water with blood). Every great Halloween setup gets even spookier with a little faux blood tossed around.

Use this non-toxic recipe to make blood, pus (eew!) and more this Halloween. Here’s how to get started.

Step 1:  Prepare Your Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1 c. corn syrup
  • 1/2 c. tap water
  • Food coloring (4 drops +/- as needed)
  • A sprinkling of cornstarch

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

Credit: ourpastimes.com

Mix the corn syrup, water and food coloring together to create that icky, semi-coagulated consistency you want. (Rubbing hands together with glee…) It’s the cornstarch that gives a “clotted” look, so start off with a minimal amount and add more until you have it just the way you want it.

If you would like to make more blood simple double the ingredients. Example: 1 cup corn syrup to 2 cups corn syrup and ½ cup water to 1 cup water plus corn starch to your desired consistency will do the trick.

Step 3: Enjoy and Have a Very Bloody Halloween!

If prepared under clean conditions, this concoction should be safe to ingest (though precautionary measures mean we can’t technically recommend that). Drip your “blood” onto decor (see below) or splatter it on the walls of your walk-through to terrify visitors. Enjoy!

Make fake blood for Halloween

Other Slimy, Gooey Gross Decorations

Fake pus gooey liquid for HalloweenTo Make Pus:

You will need white hand lotion and water. Mix just a little water into the lotion to make the lotion runny. Add 1-2 drops of yellow or blue + green food coloring and stir well to give a particular sickly look.

DO NOT INGEST.

Uses: This is a great option for those of you who will be zombies, aliens or deranged hospital escapees this Halloween. Add your basic makeup first, then drip the “pus” over your made-up look.

To Make Slime:

Mix water, 1/2 c. white hand lotion and 1/2 tsp. lime gelatin powder together. Stir very well. Add cornstarch to get a more opaque look. Refrigerate to get a more solid slimy consistency.

Add 1-3 drops of green food coloring if you want a really deep green look.

DO NOT INGEST.

Uses: This is another good option for Zombie costumes and Alien costumes or for haunted houses featuring these creepy themes.

To Make a Bloody Skull

Credit: Pinterest, My Customize

First, you will need to purchase a novelty skull. If you can’t find one at your local dollar store just yet, try online.

Make cherry or strawberry gelatin according to package directions. Cool slightly but not until it has thoroughly solidified. Mix in some corn syrup. Refrigerate for allotted time on package. For a deeper red, add a few drops of red food coloring before refrigerating.

Once solidified, push pieces of the red gelatin onto the skull. Hang the skull in your haunt and watch as the gelatin slowly melts and slides down the skull.

If you’d rather, you can use the basic blood recipe instead and drip this over your spooky skulls.

Again, DO NOT INGEST.

Uses: This is a great decoration for any haunted house or outside decorations for your home. Just beware the mess! Don’t hang it over your furniture or anything else that may stain.

Brain Mold:

You will need to purchase a brain cake/pie/gelatin mold. Depending on the colors you want, mix those gelatin flavors together.

Example: If you want a green and purple zombie brain, add green food coloring and mix blue and red food coloring into the gelatin mix.

Prepare gelatin per directions. Refrigerate. Pop out of mold once it’s done and place on a creepy serving platter.

If you want a more string-like look, add cooked spaghetti noodles and add to your gelatin mix with the mix prepared and just slightly cooled, then refrigerate. Add pasta sauce to the noodles for bloody brains.

Note: You may also use this as a cake mold or meat mold (meatloaf). Both work wonderfully for deliciously gross fun!

Uses: A great centerpiece for any Halloween party, a delicious treat for the kids or a great decoration for your Haunted House or walk-through.

Oh yes, and it’s great to eat, especially if you’re a zombie!

Brain mold for Halloween