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Posted by on October 25, 2012

Hallo-ScreamMy kids have passed the age where they love cute and cuddly Halloween costumes. No more Thomas-the-Tank Engine or Tigger or Buzz Lightyear. They’ve moved into that gruesome phase. You know the one: the more blood, guts and gore, the better. The smell of latex makes me queasy. There I’ve said it. But as someone, whose sons made it to the other side of this period, wisely advised me, “You’ve got to go along with it or it just lasts longer.”  This post is for all you moms (and dads) who have kids in the same phase. We’ll make it through this together.

Recipes for Blood, Guts, and Gore

Fake Blood

This is probably the easiest thing to make, it’s cheaper and more realistic than that stuff you pick up at Party City.


  • Shot glass
  • Toothpicks
  • Small storage container with lid


  • Corn syrup
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring


Fill shot glass 3/4 full with corn syrup. Add eight (8) drops of red food coloring and one (1) to two (2) drops of blue. Mix well with toothpick. Store in container until ready to use. Apply with toothpick. NOTE: Food coloring stains clothing. Use with caution or wear things you don’t mind getting “blood” on.

Pallor of Death

For the undead look, ever so popular now. Basic shadowing and blending, which is good to practice before the “big” night. Start with a clean face for best results (hey, look at this as a positive way to get your teen to wash his face at least once a year).


  • Cream make-up (white, black, purple)
  • Sponges
  • Tissues
  • Little sponges


Apply a base coat of white cream make-up to your face to make yourself look pale. If you happen to be pale already: double bonus for you. Then add a little black as a shadow around the eyes (Moms: you get this naturally), nose and mouth. Blend in really well, using your fingers if you have to. Remember a little make-up goes a l—o—n—g way. Practice until it looks just right. You can add purple and/or yellow for bruises.

Scar Effect


  • Plain, unflavored gelatin
  • Hot water
  • Food coloring
  • A toothpick
  • Black make-up
  • A shot glass


Boil water.  Mix 1 TBSP gelatin and 1 TBSP boiling water to shot glass, stir well. If you want to add color, do so to your desire. Mix gelatin carefully to avoid bubbles and to dissolve completely. Apply mixture to your face or arm. Spread it on thickly. Poke at it with the side of the toothpick to get a bumpy texture before it dries. You must work quickly before it solidifies. After it is not longer tacky, rub black make-up into the nooks and crannies. Wipe away the excess black make-up. Note: If you add 1/8 tsp glycerin, the mixture will dry out more slowly and won’t be as full of bubbles.

Do you have any tricks up your sleeve for making your goblins spookier this Halloween?



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