We don’t really get too amped about Halloween cooking—recipes for kitschy cookies, cupcakes, and home-made candies (which Vik hates) flood the Internet, but we’d rather spend our time making a cauldron of pork ragu than creating a cake that looks like a graveyard.

That said, a spooky flourish or two on your end-of-October cooking can be good for a gag when you’ve got people coming over. Perhaps the most inexpensive and multi-functional option is edible blood, which also happens to be dead easy to make. Here’s a recipe, broken down by none other than Cooking Channel’s Nadia G:

1/2 cup golden corn syrup
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon red food coloring

Whisk together the corn syrup, chocolate syrup and food coloring until well blended.

Place a sheet or tablecloth on cardboard so as not to stain the work surface. Use your fingers to drip the blood all over the fabric wearing latex gloves, making it look like blood spatter. Use your hand to make bloody hand prints.

[via Cooking Channel]