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How to Make Fake Blood

How to Make Fake Blood (and Remove All the Evidence the Next Day)

Depending on how gory your Halloween costume is (think: the leading ladies of True Blood and The Vampire Diaries), you might need a quick recipe for fake blood. It may not be the prettiest beauty topic around, but this is one DIY recipe that will come in handy this month. Read on to get our tried-and-true recipe for fake blood and our day-after removal tips, too.


  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (or chocolate syrup)
  • Red food coloring
  • Warm water

The basis of your faux-blood recipe is corn syrup, which gives it that sticky, thick texture. You can dilute the syrup with warm water to get the exact consistency you want. To make sure the fake blood is opaque, add the cornstarch. Now, for the coloring. For a more natural look, stir in cocoa powder, tempering it with red food coloring. If you want the look of coagulated blood, add gelatin for a thicker texture. Ew.

Now that you've got your recipe, discover what you need to know to apply (and remove) the blood when you keep reading.

Application Tips

The hard-and-fast rule about fake blood is it stains your clothes and skin. That's why it's necessary to wear gloves when you're whipping up a batch. Also, it's best to stain your costume before you put it on so that you have more control over where the blood goes. To apply to your skin, use makeup brushes and/or cotton balls for smeared or dripping effects. A spray bottle can be used for splattering effects.

How to Remove Your Fake Blood

The day after Halloween, you're sure to have dye stains all over your body and clothes. Start by rinsing anything you can with soap and water. Then, wipe the stains with diluted white vinegar. If that's not effective, then upgrade to a baking soda and water paste. Your boss will never know that you were a bloody mess the night before.

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