Simple Fake Flesh Recipe

Tips and Tricks for Scaring Your Halloween Guests

Fake flesh made with common ingredients on a kitchen counter.
You can make non-toxic fake organs and flesh using kitchen ingredients with a recipe that's safe enough to eat.

Anne Helmenstine

Use common kitchen ingredients to make non-toxic fake flesh or organs for Halloween and scary parties. It's a variation of a common slime recipe and has viscoelastic properties, so you'll incorporate science into your decorations.

Fake Flesh Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 2-5 drops red food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa mix (with marshmallows or without)

How to Make

  1. Mix together the cornstarch, food coloring, and water in a bowl.
  2. After you have a smooth consistency, mix in the cocoa powder. It's okay if the cocoa forms little clumps (they'll look like blood clots).
  3. Use your fingers to press the mixture against the side of the bowl to form shapes. If you use your hands, you'll get crumbly edges, so a mold (the bowl) is best for a smooth effect. You may wish to mix in a little more cornstarch or cocoa mix to firm up or darken your organs.

Gruesome Tips and Tricks

Mix in tiny bits of gelatin if you want a fatty appearance. Drizzle fake blood over the flesh as desired for extra gore. You can stick fake flesh and organs onto objects, clothing, or flesh using syrup or corn starch. The recipe actually tastes okay, so you can eat it for effect!

Recipe Variations

If you microwave this recipe, you'll get rubbery flesh that won't fall apart when you put it in water. If you want a more flavorful flesh, use unsweetened cherry or berry drink mix instead of food coloring and cocoa. You could use the sweetened version, too, but the resulting flesh might be sticky.