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Halloween Accessories: Fake Blood!

Published by Lamar Buker

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A Must Have for Every Halloween Fatality

No good Ghoul or self-respecting Zombie can possibly negotiate Halloween without this necessity – Blood. Usually more is better in the case of Halloween, so I dug out my ‘Blood Recipes’ from years past when Halloween still was a challenge and one of my children’s main holidays.

Homemade Fake Blood

1 c. Karo Syrup
1 Tbsp Water
2 Tbsp Red Food Coloring
1 tsp Yellow Food Coloring

The simplest of the recipes. Everything goes into one pot, stir, mix and voila… A sturdy A or O positive, for the beginner.

Realistic Recipe

2/3 c. Corn Syrup
1/3 c. Warm Water
5 Tbsp Corn Starch
4 tsp red food coloring
1 Tbsp Powdered Cocoa
2 drops of green or yellow food coloring

This is for the more discerning palate. Mix the corn starch and cocoa with the water into a sort of gooey substance. Stir in the corn syrup. Carefully add the food coloring at the end, drop by drop checking for color. An intermediate B that goes well with Plasma cakes and fried intestines.

Tasty Blood

1 3/4 cups corn syrup
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons liquid red food coloring
8-10 drops liquid blue food coloring
1/4 cup sifted corn starch
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla or Almond extract alternatively
1 drop peppermint oil

For our blood-bank connoisseurs. A well rounded AB negative that will not disappoint. Mix corn syrup and water, add food colorings and mix thoroughly. Add the sifted cornstarch and shake well again. Store in the refrigerator, don’t make this too far in advance as this only keeps for a couple of days.

Coagulated Blood

2/3 cup Oriental ‘Cherry’ Dipping Sauce
1/3 cup Water
1/2 Teaspoon Red Food Coloring
2 or 3 Drops Green Food Coloring

Thin down the Cherry sauce with water into a gooey consistency. Add food coloring. Stir again, and let it sit in the fridge. When needed, take it out and spoon it onto areas where the coagulated blood effect blood is desired. The blood will drip in glops & globs, but doesn’t puddle out like watery blood does. Also remember that coagulated blood is somewhat darker than fresh blood. Add the food coloring accordingly.

Stephen King’s ‘Carrie Effect’ Blood

1 package plain gelatin or 1 package red colored JellO
2 bottle red food coloring
1 tbsp green food coloring
1 – 3 gallons of water (depending on desired consistency)

This is for mass production blood baths. Follow instructions on the jello package, but double or quadruple the amount of water needed. Do not add sugar. If you use 3 gallons of water, you’re going to have quite a thin runny blood, great for pouring over bloodied bodies in bathtubs or splashing on walls, though I would not necessarily recommend this. Feel free to experiment with the gelatin to get to the desired consistency. This recipe is for the blood beginners, the equivalent of box wine I would say.

Please also be aware that all of these recipes are using food coloring, which means they will stain. Skin usually comes off fairly quickly, clothing, however, remains permanently stained. Otherwise those recipes are completely safe, even for the littlest monsters.

Happy Halloween!

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