Jason and I have a three-year-strong tradition of dressing up for Halloween. One night in 2010, we were bored with nothing but the TV, a couple of face crayons, and clean faces to entertain us. We made little doodles and within minutes we morphed into some form of ethnic-alien-candy monsters.
Last year took a bit of an effort and a couple more days of planning. My love for horror films and his love for photography led us to channel (and quite appropriately) the spooky scene in Shutter. It was such a neat idea and so fitting for our personalities and I knew we would have to come up with something even more awesome the next year. Come 2012, however, I was stumped. I kept pestering Jason for Halloween costume ideas–which, of course, he brushed off with his “It will come to us.” I wanted to be fairies, but he shot it down faster than I can say “Sky Dancer” and once again we were back to zero.
It wasn’t until I saw the teaser for the Carrie 2013 reboot that I felt some inspiration. Carrie is a classic–so much so that the Philippines even made some mildly entertaining version starring Gladys Reyes and with paint instead of pig’s blood. I loved the Stephen King novel, I loved the Brian de Palma interpretation, I loved Sissy Spacek’s open-mouth scared-but-in-awe face. After the seeing Chloe Moretz drenched in pig’s blood, I knew. I texted Jason: “We’re going to be bloody for Halloween.”
I made fake blood before for our high school play. Back then I just played around with what we had in the kitchen, but it turned out pretty convincing. This year, I just rummaged around the house (again) and thankfully our cupboards didn’t disappoint (again).
Honey, red and blue food coloring, cocoa powder, and water.
Real blood isn’t bright red. It has brown and purple undertones (hence the blue dye). It’s not transparent, either: It’s thick and a bit sticky. Making it look and feel authentic can be tricky if you don’t have the right materials.
1. Mix the chocolate and the honey together. The honey contributes to texture and viscosity, but if you stir it too much it could end up just as runny as water (but it’s still a sticky lather). If you use Ricoa’s Cocoa Powder, you’ll find that these two will result to a brownish concoction quite similar to… umm… the monthly crimson wave. That would be enough if that’s the type of blood you’re looking for.
2. Add a drop of red food coloring. Food coloring, especially red, is incredibly potent. A single drop is usually more than enough. Add it bit by bit until you’re satisfied.
3. Have water on hand in case you need to dilute your mixture.
Stage 1. I initially wanted to make the blood extra bright red a la Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd so it wouldn’t look too gory.
In the end, I gave in to accuracy. I added a few drops of blue for that maroonish tinge. Jason preferred this version anyway.
And the final result:
Photos by Jason Mariposa