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Be it in movies or a haunted house, Halloween is all about a good scare: turning a dark corner and running into a cackling corpse, finding a bloodied head hanging in your closet or opening the door to a knife-wielding zombie.
It’s enough to make you run to your mamma. But how does Hollywood create all that blood and gore? And what role does food play in those spooky scenes? Special effects, prop crews, and sounds artists (a.k.a. Foley Artists) rely on a variety of foods — from melons to chocolate syrup — to get your scare on.
Illustration by: Mallory Heyer.