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Vampires? Zombies? Werewolves? It's either the end of the world as we know it, or it's Halloween, and nothing adds to the frightening thrill of Halloween like lots and lots of sticky and red realistic blood!
One life skill that’s particularly useful to possess this time of year is the ability to whip up a batch of fake blood at a moment’s notice. After all, fake blood is a Halloween staple. Even if you don't have time for a truly badass costume, a little fake blood can go a long way in turning your average getup into something really scary.
Of course, you can always buy your blood premade online or from a store. But where is the fun in that? It’s easy (and cool) to make your own. Plus, you probably already have all the ingredients at home that you need to make it, so it’s cheaper too.
There are as many ways to concoct it as there are to ooze it, ranging from edible blood made from everyday ingredients, to the chillingly realistic blood used in movies.
Note: This mix can get quite sticky and may stain clothes but is easily removed from skin with baby wipes or warm water. It tastes sweet, and looks real—–especially in front of a still camera.
Combine one part water with three parts corn syrup (you can use golden syrup in the UK/Australia/New Zealand).
Add drops red food coloring gradually and mix gently by stirring.
Continue adding drops until the shade resembles that of real blood (always err on the side of adding less, as it's easier to add more).
Add a small amount of blue or green food coloring to achieve a more realistic shade. (Arterial blood is bright red, while venous blood is a dark maroon).
Suitable thickeners include:
If the mix is too transparent, add a little flour.