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How to make fake blood and freak out all your friends

Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix th...

An easy Hollywood-style fake blood tutorial that's way, way too real

Halloween's the one time of year when you get to pull out the big guns. In fact, we challenge you to think of a good reason not to rock fake blood in some form or another this Halloween. Whether you're thinking classic, like a zombie or a vampire, or even trendy, like a gory Harley Quinn or an undead Kardashian, this fake blood will take your costume to the next gruesome level.

An easy Hollywood-style fake blood tutorial that's way, way too real
Image: Heather Barnett/SheKnows

Making Hollywood-style fake blood is easier than you think, and it can be done with ingredients you probably already have around the house. If you've got flour, food coloring and some corn syrup, you're about 10 minutes away from homemade ghoulish fun — for Halloween or just for fun!

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Hollywood-style fake blood recipe

Yields about 2 tablespoons

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 tiny drop blue food coloring
  • 1 tiny drop green food coloring (optional)
  • 1 scant teaspoon flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 small shallow glass or plastic bowl
  • 1 toothpick
  • Cooking spray
  • Water (optional)
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)
  • Liquid laundry soap (optional) 

Directions:

  1. Add flour and red food coloring to the mixing bowl.
  2. Spritz your tablespoon with cooking spray and use it to add corn syrup to the mix.
  3. Use the toothpick to add the tiniest drop of blue food coloring. You can always add more. Add the same amount of green food coloring if you need it to be more purple. Stir with a small whisk or spoon until well blended (and not lumpy).
  4. Adjust the recipe using additional food coloring, chocolate sauce, water or laundry detergent (see below) as needed.

An easy Hollywood-style fake blood tutorial that's way, way too real
Image: Heather Barnett/SheKnows

It's obvious why you need the syrup and red food coloring, but using those ingredients alone will produce the same fake-looking goop you buy in the Halloween aisle. To properly adjust your mix, it's important to understand the effects the other ingredients have on your fake blood so you know how to adjust the recipe to your unique needs. For the best results, try making some ahead of time so you can experiment.

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