How to Bleed Profusely Without Really Bleeding Profusely



This time of year people are striving to make things creepier, more gruesome and more realistic. So many of the scary costumes or scenes require an element that we really, really don’t want to be authentic – the blood!


Most of the time you can find some inexpensive, aka cheap imitators, but making your own concoction can actually turn out so much more authentic. And lets face it, it’s fun to pretend to be a mad chemist. I’ve found a couple of different formulas that can be played and experimented with and are extremely easy. This one has turned out to have the best results in my opinion and the ingredients are in most everyone’s cupboard or pantry:


  • 1 2/3 cups Corn Syrup (you can substitute maple syrup, honey or any other thickish syrup)
  • 2/3 cups warm water
  • 10 TBsp corn starch
  • 2 TBsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 TBsp red food coloring
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring


Mix these ingredients in a large glass bowl. Start with the basic measurements and mix thoroughly. If you want it thinner, add more warm water just a tiny bit at a time. To increase thickness, you can add a bit of cornstarch. The cocoa and food colorings will all adjust the color. Play with it until you have just the right consistency and color to suit your needs.  It can be stored in the fridge for a few days, it will just need to be well stirred again.


The mixture as it is shown above is completely edible. However, if you are concerned about stains – this mixture WILL stain clothing and other materials if you’re not careful – there is a help for that. By adding about a teaspoon of liquid dishsoap, you can help lessen the damage the concoction might do. BUT, this also means that you have taken the edible factor away. It’s not toxic at that level, but it will taste nasty and might upset a tummy.


I’d love to hear if any of have a favorite way to fake the blood we all cringe at.
photo credit: Vampiresa via photopin (license)

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  1. I needed this recipe a few weeks ago. My daughter is making a short video about creepy halloween and so she asked me for ways to make fake blood. Too bad I didn’t have this then. I also used honey in mine but your’s sound even better. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Mary! I’d love to see your daughter’s video. Sounds like my kind of viewing. I would think honey would do almost the same consistency as the corn syrup, but probably taste better 🙂

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