Thank you for joining us on The Spangler Effect Live this week for our last minute Halloween science demos and activities. During the two hours, Steve and Higginsworth shared a lot of fun, messy and loud experiments for spooky fun. If you missed the broadcasts, we have both available in this post. If you want more information on any of the experiments shared, we have included links to many of them too.
There is a science to making the most realistic-looking blood. Put on your scientist safety glasses and get ready for a little experimentation.
Most of the recipes below require only a few ingredients, but don’t get caught up in the exact measurements. It’s all about adding a little of this and a little of that until you get the right color and consistency.
This fake blood will also be safe to dribble a little out of your mouth, because they are completely edible. But many will stain, so be prepared to look a little funny on November 1st and don’t rub it on clothing you don’t want permanently bloodied. You can wash everything with OxiClean® – it does a great job to remove stains.
Use a white towel, napkin or your skin to test the blood. It will look differently in the blender than it does on your skin. We think blood is red, but it is really reddish-brown. It also isn’t see-through or watery.
When I was growing up, my parents had the best recipe for fake blood. It looked so realistic, they sold it to the movie-makers in Hollywood to be used on their sets. Some of the fake blood seen in the movie Jaws was made in my parent’s home in Denver.
That blood was not edible. This recipe uses 100% food ingredients so your little vampire or zombie can drink up the leftovers. And it looks real. A big complaint about fake blood is that it doesn’t look like real blood. The key is to experiment and test it on your skin or a towel. Fake blood looks different in the mixing bowl versus on your skin so remember to test it.
So don’t go spend $20 on fake blood in the store. Stay home and make your own. For the best fake blood recipes that you can eat, read