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How to Make Fake Blood for Halloween

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How to Make Fake Blood for Halloween
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Fake blood is such a necessity on Halloween, unless of course, you're trying to be all sweet or sexy or something. I always dress up as a zombie or dead bridesmaid because for me, Halloween is almost always last-minute and I end up using whatever I have in the closet (like old bridesmaid dresses that I'd never wear again). Just add blood and you've got yourself a Halloween costume.

Rain Blanken, About.com's Expert on DIY Fashion, has some awesome fake blood recipes for Halloween. She actually tested out 8 of them and shares them with us. This is the best mix of recipes I've seen so far because it offers you the best blood for splattering on walls and clothes, the most realistic fake blood, fake blood that includes flesh and scabs (so fabulously gross) and more.

Check out her recipes here: Fake Blood Recipes.

In the meantime, here's my friend Susan's version of non-toxic blood that I used several years in a row for my zombie prom Halloween costume:

  • Arrowroot powder (or corn starch, but Arrowroot makes for a less clumpy mixture)
  • white corn syrup
  • water
  • basic red and blue food coloring (green works too if you don't have blue)

Start with a cup of corn syrup in a bowl. Stir in a tablespoon of Arrowroot powder or cornstarch. Slowly add in water (up to 1/3 cup) until you get the perfect consistency of blood. This is your base.

To add the dye, add a few drops of red food coloring, stirring it in until you have a bright red color. Add a couple drops of blue or green food color to make the "blood" look more authentic. Set aside to thicken, then apply to face, clothes or body. Warning: This fake blood will stain clothing!

Get more costume and Halloween makeup ideas on my Halloween hair & makeup hub page.

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