With Halloween rapidly approaching, hopefully many of you are considering having really rocking parties or just blowing up the space (in street lingo) with a great costume. As a huge fan of Halloween, I like to go the whole nine yards every year and as a former film student, I made the requisite low budget horror short. In doing so, after many attempts, I have come across what I consider to be a just about perfect blood recipe which I’ve decided to pass on to you. Here are the ingredients:

  • 16oz Karo Syrup (Clear)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • .3fl oz Red food coloring
  • 2-4 drops Green food coloring
  • 4-6 drops Yellow food coloring
  • 6-8 drops Blue food coloring

Start with the base of Karo and add milk, which gets a little bit cloudier and less translucent, then add your food coloring. You of course want to start with the lower amount of coloring and add more until its the exact color you’re looking for. Real blood is not bright red, but rather a somewhat duller, opaque red. I used a version of this for a short film, pictured below in the gallery, and this exact recipe to decorate a shirt to help advertise an awesome comic book (slated to become a major motion picture), Hack/Slash. I was very pleased with the most recent recipe and it is now my go to mixture. This will stain clothes, it will be sticky, but with some elbow grease you can clean most surfaces. Now, go forth and bleed! What uses do you have for fake blood?


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