Spooky Elements and Effects for Your Halloween Videos

The wind grows cold. The days grow short, and all the leaves that brought such peace and life throughout the summer now wither, change, and fall. Yeah, it’s that time of the year again.

As a great time for stories of enchantment, the supernatural, and the unexplained, I just love this time of year. In fact, you don’t need any supernatural power or a big Halloween budget to create a real video ghost or the walking dead – you can make your own Halloween videos without breaking your piggy bank. Here are some horror movie effects for you to try out.

Green Fire

Green fire always comes with witches, fairies and other sorts of magic and mischief. Making a green fire is just a simple trick of chemistry. All you need is boric acid, which can be found in many stores, and methanol or methyl alcohol, which serves as a fuel treatment for automotive supplies. Here are the steps:

1. Pour a little boric acid into a fire-safe container.

2. Add a small amount of methanol, being careful to avoid spilling any on your hands.

3. Light the fire!

Ghost Effect

It’s quite easy to create a ghost effect. All you need is a video editor capable of using separate tracks and setting opacity. Here come the steps:

1. Set your camera and frame the shot. You should shoot the scene twice: one is without the ghost and another with the ghost actor. It’s of great importance that both takes are framed identically, so keep the background still and don’t move the camera at all.

2. Import both takes of the shot into your video editing software. Put the empty shot on the first video track and the ghost shot on the second track.

3. Set the opacity of the ghost shot to achieve the best result.

Fake Blood

The most popular special effects for spooky Halloween video has always been making fake blood. Google “how to make fake blood” will pop up tons of ways, but the most common recipe for making this is as follows:

  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring
  • 1/2 tablespoon of green food coloring, which makes it more blood-like

Besides these recipes, there are also kinds of digital blood such as blood splatters, bullet holes and other post-production trickery. You can easily find various pre-matted digital blood clips provided by companies like Motiondrops and Video Copilot, which can be easily composited into your footage.

Remember that although some digital blood looks great, you should pay special attention to color correction. Without taking into account the lighting conditions may destroy the illusion.

Fake Body Parts

Body parts can be another spooky idea for your Halloween video. And there are some easy ways to achieve this with just some kitchen ingredients. The recipes are as follows:

  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 2-5 drops red food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa mix (with marshsmallow is fine)

Now mix the corn starch, food coloring and water together. Then mix in the cocoa powder. It’s okay if the cocoa forms litter clumps, as they look like blood clots. Then press the mixture against the side of bowl to form the organ shapes using your fingers. To darken the organs, you can mix a litter more corn starch or coca mix.

Thunder and Lightning Effect

The best Halloween videos usually take place on a dark and stormy night. To set the mood in your Halloween videos, consider this effect. It’s really easy to add the thunder and lightning effect as long as you have video editing software like iMovie, which provides these kinds of video effects.

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