How to Make your own Halloween Blood - Blood Recipe For Haunted Houses

Fri, July 10, 2020
Blood Recipe for Haunted House Props 
 
You have many options for fake blood on your props. The right formula depends on your needs- just looking good is not enough if it is not durable or if the color fades in time. The formula that I use has been developed for look, cost, and durability. This is a very simple tutorial that outlines MY recipe; YOUR recipe might vary slightly based on your preference and use.
 
       Blood rule #1 It will be in your show all year so it should not be edible- This is a common mistake I see in prop blood, Karo syrup on a set means you will also have ants on your set. In the south this could mean biting fire ants which can even pose an allergy risk for your actors. Rats, mice, possums would all gladly relocate to your sweet digs if they are provided with sugary snacks.
 
      Blood rule #2 Once dry the blood should look wet- paint for blood is very 80s and just does not have the gloss that is necessary for any degree of realism. Haunt lighting is often dim so allowing the blood to catch the light increases the impact on the guest. It has to look wet!
 
      Blood rule #3 Blood is a bodily fluid made up of several different parts- a clear plasma and red cells that give it color. The ultimate replica would be similar in construction a clear material with a colored material suspended in it, the translucency determined by the amount of suspended material.
 
       Blood rule #4 It has to be thick- two big issues with most fake blood is that they are to runny to drip down a wall or to stay put on a wall where you want it. A puddle on the floor is no where near as effective since most patrons don’t look down. Within a foot or two of eye level is where you want the bulk of your blood and that means it needs to dry horizontal and vertical for the most impact.



 
         Keeping all those in mind- here is my formula.
For the clear liquid I use Clear school Glue- It is one of my secret “go to” ingredients at my shop. I buy the school glue by the gallon from www.Discountschoolsupply.com. This glue dries glossy and has a great thickness for blood. It is also water based, so it takes color easily.
 
   For the color portion of the blood I use Red leather stain from Tandy leather. It is a liquid dye that disperses well and adds great depth of color. The exact product name is
   Eco-Flo Professional Waterstain Red. You can find a Tandy Leather near you, or you can order it online. You will not regret it, buy the big bottle. The web address is www.tandyleatherfactory.com . I use a ton of their products for a variety of things from wall treatments to blood to mask and prop painting- very useful resource.
 
     The ratio varies and I use a lot of trial and error based on the set that it will be in, but a good rule of thumb is 2/3 glue to 1/3 stain. Mix well. Some folks like to add a few drops of blue or green food coloring but I often skip that. The colored lights in most haunts add those notes to the sheen of the blood so I don’t find it necessary to add them during mixing.
 
     Like Elmers Glue the clear glue dries glossy and with plastic like qualities. Try this recipe it is super simple and relatively inexpensive, I use it almost everyday.

Trending blog

Being Monsters By: Drew Cothern   I have a problem. Perhaps it’s my mischievous nature or a pathological impulse, but I need to hear people scream. It’s an addiction, I can’t

BUILDING A BETTER CORPSE By Michael J. Chaille   Haunted Attractions, like any produced event, can take on a life of their own as all the pieces of the production slowly come together. 

Façades: Giving your Attraction a Face Lift By Michael Krausert / Bad Boys Scenic Design Photos courtesy of Kleer Photography & Justin Connaher   Judging a Book by its Cover

60 Actors in 60 Minutes By Ken Franklin, Co-owner of FaceFXmakeup.com     Putting on makeup for a haunt event isn’t as easy as some might think.  There is more to it than slap

Creating a Room to Fit a Theme By Josh Wells Theming has become an increasingly important factor when designing a haunt. Developing a theme not only separates your haunt from others in your market

 Illusion Gags:  Creating Memorable Scares!   When designing haunts each year, the Oak Island Team is always looking to out-do our scares from the year before (aren’t we all!).&

Attention to haunted attraction owners STOP PAYING ATTENTION to what total panicking idiots are saying on facebook, settle down, and THINK.  There is a lot on the line for everyone across the hau

SIX FLAGS announced several changes to 2020 Fright Fest including a name change to Hallowfest.  Some of the highlights from Six Flags are listed below.  Waiting to see what other theme p

HOW TO MARKET YOUR HAUNT IN 2020  This is the year we party like it's 1999, meaning we're taking everything back 10 to 20 years.  Every haunted house we've talked to says

The Haunted Road states on their facebook "Will you dare travel The Haunted Road? Coming to Orlando this fall, The Haunted Road is Central Florida's first drive-thru, completely contact l

Trending Articles

Headless Horseman Haunted Hayride New York - Rating and Review
Article Logo

Read Review and Ratings of Headless Horseman Haunted Hayride located in New York.  Headless Horseman features hayrides, haunted houses and much more. 

Creepyworld Haunted Screampark - St Louis Missouri Haunted House Review Rating
Article Logo

Creepyworld Haunted Screampark is America's biggest haunted attraction with over 13 attractions including a haunted hayride.  Learn more and read the review click here. 

Escape From Blood Prison - Mansfield Ohio Scariest Haunted House
Article Logo

Escape From Blood Prison in Mansfield Ohio site of one of the single most famous Prisons in Hollywood History ( Ohio State Reformatory) famous of the film "The Shawshank Redemption".  Now its one of the biggest scariest haunted houses in America.  Read about Escape from Blood Prison! 

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor California Best Scariest Haunted House
Article Logo

Haunted House Review The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor is Los Angles California's biggest, scariest and most haunted real haunted house.  Read the full review of this haunted attraction click here. 

Best Scariest Top Rated Haunted Houses 2017 - Haunted House Review
Article Logo

Hauntworld rates the best Horror Attractions in 2017 from the best movies, haunted houses, Halloween, to even Escape Rooms. Which attractions should you be visiting Halloween 2017?  We have the list right here from Hauntworld.com

Haunted House Review of Trail Of Fear Haunted House Screampark - Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Article Logo

Scariest haunted house in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma near Lawton is Trail of Fear Haunted Screampark with multiple haunted house. Read review at www.Hauntworld.com

Haunted House Review Scariest Haunted House in Passaic New Jersey Brighton Asylum
Article Logo

The scariest haunted house in the New Jersey New York City area is Brighton Asylum a very scary horror filled experience Read review at Hauntworld.com

Haunted House Review Chicago Illinois Haunted House Statesville Haunted Prison
Article Logo

Chicago Illinois Haunted House Statesville Haunted Prison is Chicago's #1 Scariest and top rated haunted house.  Read the review by hauntworld.com

Escape Room Live
Article Logo

Escape Room Live

Rise Haunted House - New Orleans Louisiana Haunted House
Article Logo

Rise Haunted House - New Orleans/Hammond Louisiana Haunted House one of the best and scariest haunted attractions in the nation. Read full review and Learn more at www.hauntworld.com 

Find a haunted house near you by state, city, zip code, rate, review and share all types of haunted houses, hayrides and everything Halloween.  Hauntworld rates and reviews more haunted houses than any other website on the web now featuring over 200 haunted house reviews and over 5000 haunted attractions.  Find a haunted house to hayride near you.
All images, content and information contained on this website is © 2019 Halloween Productions/Blacklight Attractions. Developed and Maintained by iSummation Technologies. All Rights Reserved  Condition of Use | Privacy Notice