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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
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!
Other Slimy, Gooey Gross Decorations
To 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.
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
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.
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!