How to Make Fake Blood for Halloween

Gabriella Vigoreaux

From Good Housekeeping

Even if you don't have time for a more elaborate costume, a little fake blood can turn an average getup into something quite gory. Sure, you can buy the stuff at the drug store but if you want to get experimental, you can also make your own.

Step into our lab, where we've been experimenting with several fake blood recipes to find the grossest, most-realistic ones out there. You probably already have everything you need for it, too. Whip some up and go be a vampire or a zombie princess or whatever.

1. Crimson Blood

This clean, runny blood perfect is for dripping, splattering, and was the easiest to make of all we tested.

MAKE IT: Combine 1 cup corn syrup with 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup. Stir in red food coloring until you get a deep red color (we used about 8 drops).

Photo credit: Kristine Brabson

2. Oxygen Depleted Blood

Photo credit: Kristine Brabson

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, just use a blow drying to dry it on clothes or surfaces. NOTE: This blood includes detergent and IS NOT edible and you should avoid putting it on your skin (do as we say, not as we did). This is great for splattering a prom gown for your zombie princess look or a lab coat for your mad scientist.

MAKE IT: Combine 2/3 cup chocolate syrup, 1/3 cup Tide laundry detergent, with 4 to 6 teaspoons red food coloring.

Photo credit: Kristine Brabson

3. 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.

MAKE IT: Prepare either the Crimson blood (above). Tear thin strips of toilet paper and stir into the blood until you've reached your desired texture.

After I was all covered up in fake blood and guts, I decided to test drive my faux injuries and sent my mom (a woman who is not easily fooled) a picture text.

4. Scabs

Photo credit: Kristine Brabson

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. And it gets its "Scabs" name because of the chunk texture thanks to the onion flakes.

MAKE IT: Combine 2 tablespoons corn starch, 4 teaspoon 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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