fakeblood.jpgMack Iveli of my favorite costume store, “Costumes on Haight,” helped me answer some of your Halloween attire queries:

How do I make fake blood that will have a realistic looking splatter effect on my face?

Are you going for the gluey, coagulated effect, or do you want fluid, runny blood that will splatter not only all over your face but probably all over your clothes as well? If it’s the drippy look you seek, Mack suggests mixing together corn syrup and red food dye; it’ll work just as well as the stuff they sell at their store, which is only sold in large (and in my opinion, unnecessarily excessive, unless you want to splash fake blood on yourself on a regular basis) amounts. If you want more of a thick, pt-like consistency, you might want to buy some Ben Nye fake blood (five bucks).

Are there any nipple tassels/pasties out there that are good quality but cheap?

According to Mack, when it comes to pasties, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too: the more you pay, the higher the quality of the fabric covering your nipples. Costumes on Haight sells felt pasties in a variety of colors and shapes (red, white, and blue stars, black handprints, leopard hearts, red lips, etc) for $8.95, as well as fancier, sequined poker-themed pasties for about $30.

And finally, a question for the ages: How can one dress sexy while still staying warm on Halloween?

Mack suggests buying one of their Kill Bill suits: awesome, and warm ($30-$80). If you’re trying to save money, he recommends putting on some tights and a low cut sweater and dressing up as “Mrs. Santa Claus.”

Any other ideas, SF Appeal readers? Let me know in the comments.

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  • Eve Batey

    I have one! As I mentioned, I’m going to be Nancy from Nightmare on Elm Street this year (mainly because Tim found this).

    While I have a lot of gray in my hair, I don’t have a nice solid streak like she has. What’s the best way for me to add a fake, not permanent white streak?

  • Eve Batey

    I have one! As I mentioned, I’m going to be Nancy from Nightmare on Elm Street this year (mainly because Tim found this).

    While I have a lot of gray in my hair, I don’t have a nice solid streak like she has. What’s the best way for me to add a fake, not permanent white streak?

  • sfboogie

    Buy a single track of gray hair and either use men’s toupee tape or a bobby pin. You could also get a track from a cheap grey wig. Either method should be used in conjunction with a fair amount of hair spray to ensure it sticks to the real hair as well. If you place just behind your hairline your real hair will help hide the track.

  • sfboogie

    Buy a single track of gray hair and either use men’s toupee tape or a bobby pin. You could also get a track from a cheap grey wig. Either method should be used in conjunction with a fair amount of hair spray to ensure it sticks to the real hair as well. If you place just behind your hairline your real hair will help hide the track.

  • Eve Batey

    I am so going to try this! Thank you!

  • Eve Batey

    I am so going to try this! Thank you!