This year, my creative daughter decided to cosplay as Zoe from the video game Left 4 Dead. To continue with our family tradition, I matched my costume to hers by dressing as a Hunter infected. Souvenir stores in Ocean City, MD and Value Village helped me find my outfit but I had a challenging time locating fake blood. Halloween items are slowly emerging on the shelves right around now, but not quickly or profusely enough for most stores to have exactly what I needed. I understand that fake blood is not always in demand beyond October, but it was still frustrating to be stuck on this one detail. I took to Twitter to register my Quixotic quest.
@FanExpoCanada retweeted me and all of a sudden, I received plenty of advice from strangers.Why is it so hard to get fake blood this time of year? Don't retailers know @fanexpocanada is next week? (Alternatives anyone can suggest?)— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) August 27, 2015
Thanks @bunnyhop08 @_dylansbae @whatkathleendid @SteveDaly15 @RennaEchelon @0xshedevilx0 @tweetlee_dee for the helpful fake blood advice!— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) August 27, 2015
Thanks @abigpigeon for advice (Party City = no success) & @poppy24601 for ratio link. I foresee fake blood tests & a blog post coming!— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) August 27, 2015
Big thanks @FANEXPOCANADA for RTing Qs & connecting fan community - 9 ppl answered my fake blood plea & now I'm ready for L4D cosplay!— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) August 27, 2015
It was delightful to get so much help. I guess I could have searched online for home made fake blood recipes, but I wasn't aware they existed. Silly me. I'm a pretty novice cosplayer. Poppy (who I know in real life as Sharon, but whom I've only met while playing Minecraft on the GamingEdus server) sent me a link with a great series of step-by-step instructions and I decided to try it out and document it here.. @trickfred I think you have better stocked Dollaramas than the ones near me! Best I could find was a syringe pen. Still, thanks for tip!— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) August 28, 2015
The main ingredient is corn syrup. Bulk Barn helped a lot.
Naturally, the recipe calls for a lot of red food colouring, but if this was the final step, it would be too bright and not thick enough. Blood is thicker than corn syrup, so add corn starch.
The surprise ingredient for me (but not for movie fans) was chocolate syrup. The colour darkens and the consistency thickens.
Before we tried the mixture on my face, we placed it on my son's arm. He was so impressed that he said he wanted to dress as an infected (aka a regular zombie) for Fan Expo Canada too.
My daughter was nervous when coating my eye with the fake blood. (She doesn't wear eye shadow or any makeup so she doesn't have a lot of practice with this sort of thing.) I think it turned out extremely well.
This is the link for the recipe (written in a lovely, experimental inquiry method).
This is the link for one of the best semi-professional make-up jobs for the specific zombie I'm doing.
Here are the photos of us in our complete costumes.
|Zoe (my girl) allowed me to share this duo shot|
|It was so hot my blood ran down my face|
I really appreciated the online community that helped me with my outfit and the process of doing the makeup myself. Feel free to make the obvious connections to the classroom.