It’s Halloween on Monday and we’ll be explaining some of the medical links between vampires and coagulation, but in the meantime, we’ve found four blood-related ways to spoil yourself over the weekend.
1. Watch a movie with the kids (or grand-kids)
Who ever would have thought a vampire movie could be described as ‘sweet’? But that’s exactly what came to mind as I watched “Hotel Transylvania”. I started it while feeling exhausted on a plane journey and it was good enough to keep me watching till the end.
It’s a children’s cartoon about an over-protective vampire father and his daughter who predictably falls in love with a human. It also features werewolves, zombies and other ghouls, none of whom are scary in any way. In fact the vampires don’t even drink blood, they just live off blood products!
I think my favourite scene was near the beginning, where dad sings the baby a lullaby;
“Hush little vampire, don’t say a word, papa’s going to bite the head off a bird”
2. Eat Dracula Blood sweets
We featured these in our post ‘Blood-related foods.‘
We picked these up in Scandinavia, where apparently they are a ‘classic bonbon’. The packet says they are “popular amongst fearless candy lovers with a penchant for truly strong liquorice.”
I am quite fond of liquorice so decided to try them: But I’m not used to salted liquorice!
They pack quite a punch with a sweet almost cough lozenge like exterior then a very salty liquorice powder filling. Definitely an acquired taste.
I thought I hated them, but then found myself trying another .. and another!
3. Paint your nails blood-red
My daughter Hannah is an avid nail varnish collector and even uses one of the bedrooms in her house as a make-up room!
It was Hannah who first got me interested in nail varnish and now I have five favourite red polishes. Sometimes I think the names are the best thing about them!
- Queen of Hearts by Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy – a traditional deep red gloss
- Aura by Formula X – this is red glitter on a black base so comes out quite dark, with a lot of depth to it
- Wine Not by Sally Hanson – a mid-range red with a subtle sheen
- Scarlet Letter by Sally Hanson – quite a bright red shimmer
- Ruby Slipper by Palette London – a bright red glitter textured nail paint
4. Buy a dripping blood choker
We featured this in our post Coagulation Decoration, but it’s not quite in the same league as the medic-alert bracelets in that post and is probably best as a Halloween costume prop! it’s made from latex and is available from amazon at US$6.50
Do you celebrate Halloween? Do you have any other blood-related ideas?
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