8 Easy Fake Blood Recipes

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Fake blood can come in very handy if you aren't feeling ghoulish enough to use the real stuff. But the consistency and color of fake blood can vary, depending on the kind of recipe you use.

There was a lot of time spent getting bloody to create these recipes from scratch. We'll show you how to make a variety of fake blood for wearing, dripping, and generally grossing out your friends.​

  • 01 of 08

    Bright Red Spray Bottle Blood

    Bright red stage blood
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    This is one of the simplest fake blood recipes. Since it is water-based, it is great for loading up a misting bottle and hosing down a zombie costume and makeup or the walls of a haunted house. Remember, red food coloring stains, so don't spray anything you want to get clean later on.

    Mix Together

    • 1/4 cup water
    • 4 drops of red food coloring
  • 02 of 08

    Dark, Thin Blood

    Dark, thin blood
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    This dark red blood has a thin consistency so that it can be spattered easily and will look like old blood on clothing. To spatter blood, dip a paintbrush into the mixture, then tap the paintbrush over the area that you want a spray of blood at.

    Mix Together

    • 1/4 cup water
    • 8 drops of red food coloring
    • 4 tbsp corn syrup
    • 2 drops yellow food coloring
    • 1 drop green food coloring
  • 03 of 08

    Realistic Fake Blood

    Realistic fake blood
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    For a realistic look, the blood needs to have more color than pure red. A corn syrup base gives this recipe a good thickness, but it is also sticky.

    Mix Together

    • 2 tbsp Corn syrup
    • 4 drops of red food coloring
    • 1 tsp cocoa mix
  • 04 of 08

    Gross Gore Blood

    Realistic and gory blood
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    With little flecks of nastiness, this is one of the grossest blood recipes that we've have come up with. It incorporates onion flakes to give it some extra scab and debris effect.

    Mix Together

    • 2 tbsp Corn syrup
    • 1/2 tsp dried onion flakes
    • 1/4 tsp water
    • 6 drops red food coloring
    • 1 tsp cocoa mix

    Add more onion flakes to make it clumpier.

    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • 05 of 08

    Fake Flesh

    Fake flesh
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    Corn starch is a magical thing. Here, you'll use it to make a rubbery flesh to add to your gross-out blood recipes. It is also a finicky medium, so follow the mixing instructions to get a good consistency.

    You Will Need

    • 2 tbsp corn starch
    • 4 tsp water
    • 2 drops red food coloring
    • 1/4 tsp cocoa mix


    Add all of the cornstarch to the bowl. Add only 2 tsp water. Stir. Add 2 drops of food coloring. Stir. Add 2 more tsp of water and another drop of food coloring, stir. Add 1/4 tsp of water. Stir until you have a good, rubbery texture, then add cocoa as the last ingredient. You will need to press the mixture against the side of the bowl to blend. Use those muscles!

  • 06 of 08

    Thick Dripping Blood

    Thick dripping blood
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    Thin blood doesn't look too good when you want a dripping wall or drips down your face. Use this thick blood recipe to make a slow-flow of gore.

    Mix Together

    • 2 tbsp corn syrup
    • 2 drops red food coloring
    • 1/4 tsp cocoa mix
  • 07 of 08

    Fake Scabs

    Fake scabs
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    These are so gross, your mom won't even mind if you pick at them. The extra onion flakes in this recipe make for a super-gross scab action.

    Mix Together

    • 1/2 tbsp corn starch
    • 1 tsp water
    • 1/4 tsp corn syrup
    • 3/4 tsp onion flakes (1 tsp corn flakes or bran flakes will work, too)
    • 1 drop red food coloring
    • 1 drop yellow food coloring

    Clump the mixture onto your skin, keeping in mind that the red food coloring will leave a light stain after the scab is removed. As the scab dries, it will look darker and the clumps will become more prominent.

  • 08 of 08

    Fake Guts

    Fake guts
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    This chunky substance can be used to gross out your Halloween party guests. Put it in bowls on the table or drip it onto your unsuspecting store-bought severed heads and such.

    To make this gore, just whip up a batch of our Gross Blood recipe, and make a hunk of Fake Flesh. Make twice as much Fake Flesh as Gross Blood. Drop bits of fake flesh in the blood. If you have more blood than flesh, you will end up with prop blood that has a marbled pink hue to it and freezes mid-flow.