Halloween is just around the corner! While you’re putting the finishing touches on your devilish decorations and creepy costumes, don’t forget the one detail that can really add some impact: Fake blood! While most Halloween supply stores carry a bottled product, the color, quality and washability can often vary. A better solution is to make your own. Here are three tried-and-true fake blood recipes to leave you seeing red!
Want to soak your “prom queen” dress in red without completely ruining it? It’s not impossible! The secret is children’s washable tempera paint. Usually available in art or teacher supply stores (the Crayola brand is particularly great), washable tempera makes a great base for fake blood. While you may not want to use this on your finest clothing, the odds of this blood washing out are much better than with a standard, food coloring-based blood.
Washable red paint
Washable blue paint
Combine two parts red with one part warm water, and add a just a touch of blue (maybe a teaspoon per cup of red) to give it a more realistic color. The trick to this is in the mixing; be sure to stir, not shake. Washable tempera contains detergent-like agents to aid in cleaning, and will foam if shaken vigorously. While children’s paint is nontoxic (always double-check the label to be sure), it’s not meant for consumption.
Does your vampire or zombie need a big red mouth to complete the look? While you can purchase blood capsules, the taste can often leave something to be desired. Try this recipe for blood you won’t mind eating.
½ cup corn syrup
½ cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup
Red food coloring
Mix corn syrup, chocolate syrup, and flour in a bowl until smooth. Add food coloring until desired color is achieved. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid to keep fresh, or store in the refrigerator.
No-Run Blood Gel
This is great for zombies or injuries that require coagulated blood that doesn’t run.
1 16oz bottle corn syrup or pancake syrup
2 packs unflavored gelatin
Red paste food coloring (available at cake or craft supply stores)
Brown paste food coloring (available at cake or craft supply stores)
Mix corn syrup, flour and food coloring (use the full container of red and a very small amount of brown) in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer on the stove. Meanwhile, pour two packs of gelatin in a small bowl or cup, and cover with ¼ cup boiling water. Whisk with a fork to combine, then add to the corn syrup mixture and mix with a whisk until the gelatin is dissolved. Pour into a container and allow the mixture to cool before using.
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