Snippets Issue 7 : The Halloween Special

Thirst For Blood

We've got a selection of fake-blood recipes to satisfy every type of zombie, vampire and flesh-eating monster.

Thirst For Blood

Halloween. What sets it apart from other holidays? Candy and excessive drinking characterize them all. The emphasis on the supernatural and stunning variety of horror movies released every October may contribute to Halloween's own unique appeal. But honestly, the holiday just wouldn't be what it is without the costumes. Halloween has become the party holiday of the year, not because of the possibilities offered up by a combination of booze and fear, but because it presents an opportunity to be anyone you want to be.

And who you dress as apparently has no limits. Anything goes, from French maids to cartoon bunnies, to human sized tacos, it's all acceptable. But despite the plethora pf possibilities, the classics still prevail. Vampires, zombies, vengeful ghosts and murderous psychopaths are still the best costumes out there. And despite the differences in attire, they all rely on one critical element: copious amounts of blood. Whether it be the runny, bright red variety streaming from the fangs of a vampire, or half-dried and matted into a wig, no costume intended to scare is complete without plenty of the stuff.

So, to add realism, gore, and a lot more fun to any costume, here are a few recipes to get things bleeding:

For vampires, hungry werewolves, and flesh-eating zombies:

This recipe produces a runny, slightly sweet blood, perfect for anyone who wants steams of fresh blood running from their mouth. It's just sticky enough to stay in the face area, and can be used to add glisten and shine to butcher knives, axes, and even chainsaws.

You will need:
  • 2/3 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 3 to 5 Teaspoons Red Food Coloring
  • 2 or 3 Drops Blue Food Coloring
  • 1 Drop Peppermint extract, if desired.

Add the corn syrup to the water slowly, mixing as you pour. Continue mixing until the two are thoroughly blended. It should be thick, but still runny enough to be called a liquid. Continue mixing as you add the red food coloring. Once the mixture is completely colored, add a few drops of blue food coloring to keep the mixture from turning too pink. Add more or less food coloring to get the color you desire. Add the peppermint oil to taste.

For victims of tragic accidents, zombies (flesh-eating or otherwise) and angry dead cheerleaders:

This recipe produces a thicker, stickier blood, great for creating gaping wounds, matting in your hair, smearing across your prom dress. It stays put for hours, but should wash off with soap and water.

You will need:
  • 1/2 packet strawberry jell-o
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 5 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  • 3 to 5 Teaspoons Red Food Coloring
  • 2 or 3 Drops Green Food Coloring

Mix the water and corn starch thoroughly. Blend the jell-o into the water/cornstarch mixture until consistent. Add more water, corn starch, or jell-o as needed to get the desired consistency. Add the food coloring until the mixture is evenly colored. For a dried blood look, use green food coloring instead of blue.

For buckets of blood to decorate a party or dump over the heads of uppity prom queens (just make sure they don't have supernatural powers first):

This recipes is the classic blood mixture. It produces a liquid blood, with plenty of pink froth and a thick consistency that adds mystique to any Halloween party decor.

You will need:
  • 1 Liter Corn Syrup
  • 5 Liters Water
  • 2 or 3 Tablespoons Red Food Coloring
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Blue Food Coloring
  • 1/8 cup milk

Start with the bucket you instead to actually display the mixture in. Make sure it's large enough, since this stuff stains and you don't want it sloshing around too much! Mix the water and corn syrup until you get the desired consistency, then add the food coloring. Add the milk last (preferably just before you guest start to arrive) to give the blood a frothy, "just spilled" look.

For a goblet of blood to add authenticity to your vampire costume, or a clever drink to serve your guests:

This bloody concoction tastes better than your average kool-aid and vodka mixture, and looks a lot more like blood too. The perfect finishing touch for any Halloween party!

You will need:
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 3 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. grape juice
  • Blue or green food coloring as needed

Fill a collins glass with ice. Pour blue curacao and vodka into the glass. Fill 3/4 of the glass with 1/2 cranberry juice and 1/2 grape juice. Add food coloring as needed to change the color to a nice, rich, blood-red. Garnish with peeled grapes (eyeballs), bloody fingers, or party umbrellas. After all, there's no reason a bloody cocktail can't be festive!


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