How to Make Fake Blood for Halloween: 3 Creepy Ways (2024)

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Nothing adds to the frightening thrill of Halloween like lots and lots of sticky fake blood! The best part is that it only takes a few ingredients that you already have in your kitchen to create realistic and edible fake blood. In this article, we’ll share 3 quick and easy fake blood recipes that are made with and without corn syrup. To take your look up a notch, we’ll also tell you how to make fake guts, scabs, and flesh. With these simple recipes, you’ll never need to buy fake blood again!

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  • Pour ½ cup (120 ml) of red fruit punch, 1 cup (240 ml) of corn syrup, 2 tbsp (30 ml) of red food coloring, and 1 tbsp (15 ml) of chocolate syrup into a blender.
  • Add in 2 tbsp (18 g) of cornstarch and 1 tbsp (7 g) of cocoa powder.
  • Blend all the ingredients together for 30 seconds to create fake blood.
  • Create creepy, gory fake guts by adding small strips of toilet paper to the fake blood.

Method 1

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Corn Syrup Blood

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    Measure your ingredients and add them into a blender. Get out a blender and your measuring cups and spoons. Then, measure and place each of the ingredients into the blender. This recipe makes 1 full batch of fake blood that’s edible and perfect to smear on your clothes or skin—just know that the food coloring can stain. You need:[1]

    • ½ cup (120 ml) of red fruit punch
    • 1 cup (240 ml) of corn syrup
    • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of red food coloring
    • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of chocolate syrup
    • 2 tablespoons (18 g) of cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon (7 g) of cocoa powder
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    Blend the ingredients for 30 seconds, or until the fake blood is smooth. Put the lid on the blender and blitz it for about 30 seconds. This combines the ingredients and forms smooth fake blood. If there are still lumps in the mixture, give it another blitz for 15 seconds. This ensures that the cocoa powder and cornstarch are completely blended out.[2]

    • If you don't have a blender, use a large food processor.

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    Add more food coloring or cocoa to adjust the color of the fake blood. Remove the blender lid and dip a spoon into the fake blood. Drizzle some of the fake blood onto a white paper towel to check the color. If you want to make the color more vibrant or realistic, simply add more red food coloring, chocolate syrup, or cocoa powder.[3]

    • For example, if the fake blood looks too pink or pale, add a few drops of red food coloring and blend it again. If the fake blood looks too bright red, just add some more chocolate syrup or powder.
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    Thicken the fake blood with corn syrup. If you want thick, globby fake blood, add an extra scoop of corn syrup. For super thick fake blood, double the amount of corn syrup in the recipe. Adding extra corn syrup dilutes the color of the fake blood, so just pour in several extra drops of red food coloring to get your desired color back.[4]

    • If you don't want to use corn syrup, substitute it with golden syrup.
    • Store the fake blood in your refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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Method 2

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Powdered Sugar Blood

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    Add water and powdered sugar into a blender. Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of water into a blender or food processor. Then, measure out 3 ½ cups (453 g) of powdered sugar and add it to the blender.[5]

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    Blend the water and powdered sugar for 30 seconds. Put the lid on the blender and blitz the water and powdered sugar for about 30 seconds. The powdered sugar will completely dissolve in the water.[6]

    • If you have any clumps of powdered sugar, pulse the mixture to break them up.
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    Add red food coloring and cocoa to the blender and pulse the mixture. Pour 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of red food coloring into the blender. Put on the lid and pulse the blender until the dye is blended into the mixture. Then, add in 1 tablespoon (7 g) of cocoa powder and blitz the fake blood for 30 seconds.[7]

    • The cocoa helps thicken the fake blood and turn it into a more realistic shade of red.
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    Adjust the color of the fake blood with food coloring or cocoa. Remove the lid from the blender and dip a spoon into the fake blood. Drip the fake blood onto a paper towel to see what the color looks like. Add several drops of red food coloring or an extra scoop of cocoa powder to get the color you want.[8]

    • Transfer the fake blood to a squeeze bottle and squirt it on your clothes or onto gory decor. Or, apply it to your skin with your fingers or a paintbrush.
    • Store the fake blood in the refrigerator until you need it. This recipe keeps well for about 3 weeks.
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Method 3

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Flour Blood

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    Add water and flour into a saucepan. Get out a small saucepan and pour 1 cup (240 ml) of water into it. Then, add 1 tablespoon (8 g) of flour into the water. Whisk the mixture to break up any lumps and dissolve the flour in the water.[9]

    • If you don't have a whisk, use a fork to quickly combine the water and flour.
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    Heat the mixture over high heat, then simmer for 30 minutes. Place the saucepan on the stove and turn the heat on to high until the mixture is boiling. Then, turn the heat down to medium-low so the mixture is bubbling a little. Let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the ingredients cool.[10]

    • Cooking the flour and water mixture makes your fake blood thick.
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    Stir in the red food coloring once the mixture is cool. Pour 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of red food coloring into the cooled flour and water mixture. Whisk or stir the red food coloring until the color is completely mixed, leaving you with nice, thick fake blood.[11]

    • Add more red food coloring for a brighter shade of fake blood.
    • Keep any extra fake blood in your refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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Method 4

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Fake Guts

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    Make one of the fake blood recipes above. To make fake guts that are super gory and realistic, simply prepare your favorite fake blood recipe. If you want runny, drippy-looking guts, make the fake blood with corn syrup or powdered sugar. If you’re going for a thick mass of guts, use the flour-based recipe.[12]

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    Tear up small strips of toilet paper. Rip off a handful of toilet paper from a roll. Then, tear the sheets into small strips that are about 1 to 2 inches (2-5 cm) big. Roll some of the pieces into tight balls and keep some of the pieces flat.[13]

    • Don’t worry about making your strips of toilet paper uniform. Varying the sizes helps make the guts look more realistic.
    • If you want the guts to look more like organs, roll the toilet paper into long strips.
    • If you don’t want to use toilet paper, add oatmeal or chunky peanut butter to the fake blood. This keeps the guts edible, too!
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    Stir the toilet paper pieces into the fake blood. Transfer your fake blood to a large bowl. Then, stir the toilet paper strips into the blood. If your fake guts are too liquid, simply add in more balls and strips of toilet paper. If the fake guts need more bloody ooze, whip up some more fake blood. Just keep adding more toilet paper or blood until the fake guts are at the consistency you like.[14]

    • Drape the fake guts over your skin, clump them onto your clothes, or add them to your decorations for a spooky touch.
    • The fake guts store well in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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Fake Scabs

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    Add corn starch, water, and corn syrup to a bowl. Get out a large mixing bowl and place 2 tablespoons (18 g) of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of corn syrup inside. Then, pour in 4 tablespoons (59 ml) of water and stir the ingredients together.[15]

    • If the ingredients clump together, use a whisk or fork to break them up.
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    Mix onion flakes and red food coloring into the bowl. Add 1 tablespoon (5 g) of onion flakes to the mixture and stir everything together. Then, pour in about 4 drops of red food coloring. Stir the ingredients to get a thick, bloody mixture.[16]

    • Add more drops of red food coloring if the fake scabs aren’t vibrant enough.
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    Smear the fake scabs onto your skin. To make parts of your skin look like a scabby mess, scoop out the mixture with your hands or a spoon. Then simply spread the fake scabs across your skin. The fake scabs dry after several minutes and darken to a more realistic color.[17]

    • Store the fake scaps in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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Fake Flesh

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    Add cornstarch and water into a mixing bowl. This recipe makes a slab of fake flesh, which is perfect for gory Halloween decor. Just measure out 2 tablespoons (18 g) of cornstarch and place it into a large mixing bowl. Pour in 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of water. Then, stir the ingredients together.[18]

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    Pour in more water and several drops of red food coloring. Add an additional 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of water into the bowl. Then, squeeze in 4 drops of red food coloring. Use a spoon or spatula to combine the ingredients together.[19]

    • If the mixture is too pink or pale for your liking, add several more drops of food coloring.
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    Stir until the mixture is rubbery, then add in cocoa powder. By this point, the mixture is pretty thick. Continue to stir it until it has a tough, rubber-like consistency. Then, pour in ¼ teaspoon (0.6 g) of cocoa powder. Stir, fold, and press the cocoa into the mixture to combine all the ingredients. The fake flesh is ready once the cocoa is fully incorporated.[20]

    • Put the fake flesh onto a platter or into a decorative bowl and cover it in fake blood for a super scary centerpiece.
    • If you’re wearing a gory costume, press the fake flesh onto your body to create a fake wound or make it look like your skin is peeling off.
    • The fake flesh dries out quickly, so store it in your refrigerator for 1 to 2 days if you’re not using it immediately.
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    Food coloring does stain your clothes and your skin. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty when making these fake blood recipes. If food coloring gets on your clothes, soak them in a mixture of 1 quart of water, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent, and 1 tablespoon of ammonia for 15 minutes. Then gently scrub the area. If food coloring gets on your skin, wash it away with some soap and water.

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    Fake blood make with cocoa powder, corn syrup, and red food coloring will create a realistic “caked on” effect when it dries. However, keep in mind that the food coloring will stain your clothes and skin!

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    If you don’t want food coloring, you can substitute a natural red dye such as beet or pomegranate juice or tomato paste. Another option is to use tempra paint (or poster paint), which has the advantage of being washable!

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      Things You'll Need

      • Mixing bowl
      • Measuring cups and spoons
      • Blender or food processor
      • Paper towel or plate
      • Squeeze bottle, optional
      • Small saucepan
      • Spoon or spatula
      • Whisk

      Tips

      • Use a toothpick, squirt bottle, or paintbrush to apply the fake blood to a shirt, body parts, or furniture. Or, make a spooky costume come to life by filling your mouth with fake blood and letting it slowly ooze out of your mouth.

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      To make fake blood, combine 1 cup (240 mL) of corn syrup, 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of chocolate syrup, and 8 drops of red food coloring in a bowl. Stir everything together, then apply the fake blood directly to your skin or Halloween costume. To make fake blood without corn syrup, first add 2 cups (240 g) of powdered sugar and 1 cup (240 mL) of water to a large bowl. Stir until the powdered sugar is fully dissolved, then add 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of red food coloring and 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of green food coloring. Finally, add 1 tablespoon (7 g) of cocoa powder, and stir everything together. If you don’t have red food coloring to make fake blood with, try substituting it with fruit punch, strawberry syrup, or tomato paste. For tips on other types of fake blood, including how to make fake blood with red fruit punch, corn syrup, or cornstarch, read on!

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