Halloween has become big business, with thousands of local home haunts popping up each year. Whether you are decorating for a costume party or building an entire walk-through haunted house in your backyard, fake body parts add to the realism and scare factor of your haunt. Handicrafting realistic-looking body parts is expensive and time-consuming, but modifying inexpensive drugstore items is easy and sure to make your celebration a scream.
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Things you need
- Mannequins or store-bought body parts
- Liquid latex
- Stage blood
- Cotton swabs
- Green and purple cream eyeshadow
- Stippling brush
Buy the basics. Look for arms, legs, heads and torsos. The precise look does not matter, since you will be heavily modifying the original design. For more realistic-looking items, ask local shops if you can purchase any mannequins that they plan to throw away.
Add liquid latex in strategic areas along the body part. These areas will become gaping wounds. Build up at least three thin layers of latex, allowing the product to dry to a tacky stage between applications.
Use a pin to gently cut a relatively straight line down the centre of all three layers and peel back the edges to create a ragged hole.
Mix roughly equal proportions of liquid latex and professional stage blood in a disposable bowl. Use a cotton swab to dab the mixture inside the prepared hole. Add a bit of pure stage blood around the edges.
Mix green and purple cream eyeshadow in a disposable bowl. Begin with roughly equal proportions, and adjust to create your preferred shade.
Create a mixture of 1/3 liquid latex to 2/3 eye shadow blend. Use a stippling brush to apply liberally on each body part for an oozing pus effect.
Lay out the haunt design. Even the most professional-looking fake body parts do not withstand intense scrutiny. Place fake body parts in areas that are dimly lit or use them as a distraction for another scare.
Tips and warnings
- The project depends on the quality of materials. Purchase your materials from a special-effects make-up shop. Drugstore make-up kits tend to run, clump and appear amateurish.
- Fake body parts are soft and flexible, but the make-up and stage blood can ruin your guests' clothes. Avoid locating them where guests might come into contact with them.
- If you prefer to make your own body parts from scratch, consult with a professional special effects make-up artist. You will need hands-on instruction in creating moulds and casting.
- Although stage blood and liquid latex are generally safe, some people experience skin reactions. Wear vinyl gloves when working with these products if you have extreme skin sensitivities.
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