It’s icky, sticky, messy and fun! Fake blood is the perfect way to level up your fancy dress costumes this Halloween, but there’s no need to hit the stores to pay for the pre-made stuff when the ingredients you need are probably in your pantry already.

Check out the quick and simple recipes for making three different types of fake blood below …


Fake blood recipes

Hot tip: Remember, food colouring is nice and safe to use as it’s edible BUT it does stain! Be careful where you use it!

Thin, bright blood for splattering and spraying

Perfect for using in a spray bottle or for splattering with a brush, this simple, thin blood recipe is nice and quick to make. Because it’s nice and bright in colour, this is a less frightening option for little kids.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8-10 drops of red food dye

Simply add the food colouring to the water one drop at a time until it’s the colour that you’re looking for.

DIY Blood comes in handy this time of year.

Thin, dark blood for splattering

This recipe dries a little darker than the bright mix, so is perfect for giving the impression of older, darker blood as it dries.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tbsp glucose syrup
  • 12+ drops of red food dye
  • 4 drops yellow food dye
  • 2 drops green or blue food dye

Combine the water and glucose over heat until combined. Remove form heat then add the food colouring until you reach the colour that you desire. Allow to completely cool before using it anywhere near skin.

Gross AND fun!

The most realistic, dripping fake blood

An icky, sticky, dark blood mix that gives the impression of real blood. Warning: When we say sticky we mean it! With glucose syrup as the base rather than water, you’ll find this recipe is as thick as the real deal.

You’ll need:

  • 4 tbsp glucose syrup
  • 8 drops of red food dye
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

Combine the ingredients over a low heat until it has the consistency and colour that you desire. Allow to completely cool before using it anywhere near skin.

If you want to level up the reality you can add a teaspoon or two of dried onion flakes to add chunks to your blood mix. Ewww!