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DIY Fake Blood Recipes for Halloween

Updated on October 11, 2014
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Take a Look at These Fun, Inexpensive Recipes to Create Fake Blood for Halloween!

Are you planning the ultimate Halloween Party or striving to make this year's costume even better than last year's, but don't want to spend a lot of money? One way to save money for this year's Halloween costs is to make your own Fake Blood using household items, rather than paying outrageous prices for the pre-made stuff.

Not only are these Fake Blood recipes easy and inexpensive, they are fun to make and look just as great, if not better, than the fake stuff you buy in stores.

Read on and you will find recipes to make 4 different types of fake blood and fake scabs as well! It just doesn't get anymore fun than that!


Since most of these recipes include food coloring, they will stain fabric permanently. Food coloring will also stain your skin temporarily with a light pink mark after removal.

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Tutorial on How to Make Edible Fake Blood from Special Effects Experts

Awesome Recipe that Uses Chocolate Syrup, Maple Syrup, & Food Coloring

This tutorial is extremely instructive and just plain fun to watch. The folks performing the demonstration are from Australia and I LOVE Australian accents. So, not only is this video instructive and very useful, but it's also lovely to listen to. Great combo, if you ask me!

Supplement Your Costumes with the Recipe for Edible Fake Blood

See my spooky costume ideas below! One idea for the ladies and one idea for the gents.

Costume Idea for the Ladies

Bloodlust Glitter Eyes False Eyelashes Vampire Costume Makeup Xotic Eyes
Bloodlust Glitter Eyes False Eyelashes Vampire Costume Makeup Xotic Eyes

This set of Bloodlust Glitter Eye Lashes and Make Up along with some well placed edible fake blood around the mouth or neck would make the perfect sexy female vampire costume for this Halloween!


Costume Idea for the Gents

Rubie's Costume Zombie Shop Cleaver Through Head
Rubie's Costume Zombie Shop Cleaver Through Head

This wonderful Cleaver Through the Head prop, along with a smattering of edible fake blood around the mouth is bound to make this Halloween Zombie-tastic!


Quick & Simple Fake Blood

Some Ideas for using this easy recipe:

**Fill a spray bottle to add spatters to your vampire or zombie costume

**Splash the mixture from a bowl onto your haunted house props

Image Appears Courtesy of Creative Commons: Fake Mess.

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1/4 Cup


  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 4 Drops Red Food Coloring


  1. Mix 1/4 cup water and 4 drops of red food coloring in a bowl.
  2. Fill a spray bottle and start making your fun spatters!
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Blood Spatter Costume Ideas Using the Recipe for Quick & Simple Fake Blood

Fabulously freaky costume ideas for both ladies and gents! Fill a 20 oz bottle with fake blood and spatter away!

For The Ladies: Spatter and Create Streams of Gore on your Prom Dress

Leg Avenue Putrid Queen Bloody Tattered Prom Dress Sash Crown Women's
Leg Avenue Putrid Queen Bloody Tattered Prom Dress Sash Crown Women's

Do you enjoy the movie Carrie? Why not emulate her in a bloody prom dress?! This Bloody Prom Queen costume will make you stand out, even at the most outrageous Halloween party!


For the Gents: Spatter Up your Doctor's Garb

Wicked Bloody Surgeon Doctor Halloween Fancy Dress Costume Large
Wicked Bloody Surgeon Doctor Halloween Fancy Dress Costume Large

Short on time or just not the DIY type? Buy pre-blood spattered doctor's clothing from Amazon. Either way, dressing as a Bloody Doctor will make a "killer" Halloween costume!


Realistic Fake Blood Recipe - Dip your Hands and Create Realistic Bloody Hand Prints

Some Ideas for Using this Recipe:

**Create bloody hand prints for haunted house walls or a scary Halloween crime scene

**Dab and splash near fake wounds to add some more gore to your costume

Image: Halloween from Photo Bucket

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 2 Tbsp


  • 2 Tbsp Corn Syrup
  • 4 Drops Red Food Coloring
  • 1 Tsp Cocoa Mix


  1. Mix corn syrup, food coloring, and cocoa mix in a bowl.
  2. Just double, triple, quadruple, etc the recipe to create greater quantities.
  3. This recipe should create a darker, thicker consistency, making it look more realistic.

Costume Accessory Ideas

Use the Realistic Fake Blood Recipe to Add Extra Detail and Gore to your Shooting Victim Costume

Use the Realistic Fake Blood Recipe to Add Extra Detail and Gore to your Zombie Costume

Washable, Non-Staining Stage Blood Recipe - Fill a Tub to Create a Pool of Blood

Some Ideas for Using this Recipe:

**Fill a bathtub or plastic tub with fake extremities to add some fun, gory effects to your next Halloween Party

**Splash your costume with this recipe to be the goriest you can be!

Some words of caution:

**Do not get this fake blood in your eyes or mouth. While it won't physically damage you, dish detergent will sting your eyes and tastes very unpleasant.

**Do not pour it in an area where people will be walking as it is extremely slippery.

**If it is left too long on fabric, it is harder to wash out, so soak in cold water or wash after you are finished.

Image: On Stage from Photo Bucket.

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Approximately 1 Gallon


  • A large pot or mixing bowl
  • 1 Gallon sized jug or pitcher
  • 1 Large Spoon
  • Mesh strainer or cheesecloth
  • Funnel
  • 4 - 28oz Bottles of Orange or Red Ultra-Concentrated Dish Detergent - Any Brand is Fine (Do Not Use Any DIsh Detergent Containing Bleach)
  • 1 8 oz Bottle of Ultra-Concentrated Blue Dawn Dish Detergent
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Creamy Sugar Free Peanut Butter (Regular Works Too)
  • 1 - 16oz Bottle of Washable Red Poster Paint
  • 1 Small Bottle of Washable Blue Poster Paint
  • 1 Small Bottle of Washable Black Poster Paint
  • 1 Small Bottle of Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup


  1. Pour all 4 bottles of orange or red dish detergent and 8oz of blue Dawn dish detergent into the mixing bowl or pot. Mix well. The mixture should be a caramel color.
  2. Put the peanut butter in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 45 seconds at 30% power. (Adjust accordingly, every microwave is different.) The peanut butter should be warm, but not melted.
  3. Stir the warm peanut butter into the detergent mixture. Be sure to use a spoon and not a whisk because getting to much air in this recipe can create foam. Stir until mixture is somewhat smooth. Not all of the peanut butter will mix in, which is fine, just get the mixture as smooth as you can.
  4. Pour in approximately 13oz of the red poster paint. Stir well until you have a bright red color to your mixture.
  5. Add approximately 2oz of each ingredient: blue poster paint, black poster paint, and chocolate syrup, then stir well. ***Depending upon the color you are going for, add more blue or black poster paint or more chocolate syrup as needed. (If you add too much of something and need to salvage the mixture, try adding more orange or red dish detergent or red poster paint to dilute it.)
  6. Place your gallon sized container in the sink and place the funnel in the mouth of the container. Position the mesh strainer or cheesecloth above the funnel and pour small amounts of the mixture through the strainer to remove the chunks of undissolved peanut butter. Be sure to only strain small amounts at a time as this mixture is very thick and stop to clean out the strainer if it starts to get clogged.
  7. Voila! Now you can have some fun!

Halloween Party Décor Ideas

Fill a Pot with the Recipe for Stage Blood and Fake Heart from Amazon for Halloween Party Decor

Simulated Body Parts ~ Heart 1/Pkg, Pkg/1
Simulated Body Parts ~ Heart 1/Pkg, Pkg/1

Looking for some gory tidbits to decorate your next Halloween party? Look no further! Fake intestines in a pot of Stage Blood will add the perfect, inexpensive touch to your Halloween decor!


Fill the Bath Tub with the Recipe for Stage Blood and Fake Body Parts from Amazon for Halloween Party Decor

Meat Market Value Pack | Halloween Decor
Meat Market Value Pack | Halloween Decor

Display these fantastically gory Fake Body Parts floating in a pool of Stage Blood to put the finishing touch on your Halloween Party decor! Your guests will LOVE it!


DIY Fake Scabs Recipe - Add a Fake Scab to Your Skin to Upgrade your Halloween Costume

Some Ideas for Using this Fake Scabs Recipe:

**Add a fake scab to your face, neck, or arms to add some gory drama to your costume!

**Use this recipe for fake scabs to dress up or create a wound - no need to spend big bucks on latex!

Image Appears Courtesy of Creative Commons: Flickr.

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1


  • 1/2 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 Tsp Water
  • 1/4 Tsp Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 Tsp Onion Flakes (Corn Flakes or Bran Flakes work as well)
  • 1 Drop Red Food Cororing
  • 1 Drop Yellow Food Coloring


  1. Pick up mixture with your hand and place on the area where you wish to form a fake scab.
  2. If you would like more clumps or texture, just add more onion flakes or corn/bran flakes to the mix.
  3. Allow mixture to dry. (Clumps show up better after drying and red becomes darker.)

Rather Buy Fake Blood Instead of Making It?

Are you running short on time or just aren't really the crafty type? There's nothing wrong with purchasing your Halloween Blood instead of making it! However, I'm here to make sure you get a great price; nobody likes to waste money!

Check out the products below. In my research, these items seem to give the best "bang for your buck."

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    • profile image


      5 years ago

      And if you feel a bit hungry, just chuck a couple of kids on the BBQ. Add a few onion flakes to taste ;-)

    • Mommie-Moola profile image


      5 years ago

      Cool! Pinned to my Spooktabulous Pinterest board ;)

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      5 years ago

      Never even thought of making one's own!

    • kristalulabelle profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wisconsin

      @smine27: Learn something new every day! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great ideas on how to make blood. Never knew I could do that so I learned something new today.

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      5 years ago

      its very useful can't wait for Halloween to come!!! put our game face on for prank wars!!!! wahhhhh xD

    • kristalulabelle profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Wisconsin

      @darkflowers: Glad you find it useful! :)

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      Anja Toetenel 

      5 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Sounds bloody good, I love it ;-) And not only for Halloween, but also for other parties where you need some "real" blood these ideas are great! Thanks for this lovely Lens!

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      5 years ago

      I love the "serves" description of the recipes in this case- particularly in the cases of vampires and zombies, that's handy info to have! lol... I'm going to bookmark this lens, hubby's birthday is Halloween, and we always have a big party so you never know when this sort of info is going to be vital! Mwah ha ha...

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      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      How perfectly gruesome! We used to use a combination of red food coloring, Karo syrup, and Hershey's Chocolate syrup for our fake blood. We packed it in little sandwich baggies for blood packets in our mouths to bite when the time was right... Creepy but very nice lens!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      Boo-lessed! Happy Halloween 2012!

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      6 years ago

      Great recipes!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I remember when we washed the red out of my son's hair when he was little and dressed up for Halloween at how he started screaming because he thought he was bleeding! Poor little guy. Make sure your little ones understand it's all fake. :)

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great information here. I'll add a link to this from my zombie lens and also the Bloody Weapons for Halloween. Well presented.

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      Pastor Kay 

      6 years ago


    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I never thought of using a spray bottle to create splatters on your costume - great tips!

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      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      Awesome Lens and Recipes, thanks for sharing.

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      6 years ago

      Who knew fake blood was so easy??? A perfect accessory for us zombie lovers... I may not be able to wait for Halloween. A certain young man has taken to leaping out from behind doors to scare his mother, and some fake blood might help with some long overdue payback ;)

    • Sabre1000 profile image


      6 years ago

      The perfect accessory for a "Mitt Zombie" outfit!


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