How to Make Brains & Guts for Halloween


Fake gore is a winner at Halloween parties and haunted houses. While expensive products are commercially available, you can easily and economically make fake brains and guts to disgust your guests and family. You can find the necessary supplies at the grocery store or drug store.

Things You'll Need

  • Pumpkin, cabbage or rotini pasta
  • 2 cups corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. red food coloring
  • Clear container
  • Nude-colored panty hose
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Baking sheet
  • 2 boxes of red gelatin
  • 1 jar of salsa


  • Choose your brain matter materials. The insides of a pumpkin, cabbage and rotini pasta make good choices because they feel slimy when cold. If you decide to use cabbage, chop the cabbage and boil for 20 minutes. For the rotini pasta, boil it for about 10 minutes.

  • Refrigerate your brain matter.

  • Prepare fake blood while your brain matter is cooling off. Mix the corn syrup, water, flour and food coloring together. Stir vigorously until it is combined.

  • Take the brain matter out of the refrigerator and form it into a round blob. Slap in down into your clear container so the bottom flattens out.

  • Pour the fake blood over the brain matter. Display your fake brains prominently and encourage your guests to reach in a slosh them around.


  • Use your scissors to cut off the legs of the panty hose. Stuff the panty hose legs with paper towels, leaving about 3 inches empty at the end. Tie the end into a knot.

  • Boil 2 cups of water. Pour the boiling water over the red gelatin and stir until it dissolves. Then, stirring constantly, add 2 cups of cold water.

  • Arrange the stuffed panty hose legs on your baking sheet. Pour the liquid gelatin mixture over the legs. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for about two hours, until the gelatin sets.

  • Take the fake intestines out of the refrigerator and pour the bottle of salsa over them. For an extra gross factor, choose extra chunky salsa. If you want to have exceptionally bloody intestines, use some of the fake blood your made for your brains.

  • Display your bloody intestines. Lie on a table and position the intestines so that they look like they are falling out of your abdomen. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy.

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