Creepy Halloween Fingers




About: My favorite quotation is: “All you need in order to accomplish something great is a good idea and not quite enough money.” – Anon I live by that theme, and the ideas just keep coming.

Here's one more thing you can make with my homemade recipe for "latex": fleshy finger tips to stick on your window as a Halloween prop. This is the lazy version made with playdough molds. It's quick. It's creepy. It's non-toxic. It's cheap.

What You Will Need:

A recipe for fauxtex prosthetics (tapioca flour, water, coconut oil, plain gelatin, skin colored makeup)
A straw cut in pieces
A toothpick
Rubber cement
Fake blood

Step 1: Finger Molds With Playdough.

Get yourself some playdough--either ready made at the Dollar Store, or homemade using any of many recipes online (I prefer the cooked version of playdough).
Mound it up so it's at least three inches high. Flatten the top. Sink your five fingers into the playdough to just beyond the first knuckle. Remove your fingers, oil them well, and put them back in the holes to coat the "mold" with oil. Remove your fingers.

Step 2: Fill Finger Form With Fauxtex

Make a fauxtex recipe for "firm" prosthetics (the third recipe using 2 packs of gelatin), adding a squirt of skin-colored Halloween makeup (or any foundation you like).
Let the fauxtex cool about ten minutes. Fill the finger forms while the fauxtex is still somewhat hot. Use a toothpick to work out any air pockets from the fauxtex.
Cut 1 to 2-inch sized pieces of a straw and insert them into the tops of the finger molds, pushing them just below the surface and covering with more fauxtex.
Wrap the entire playdough mold with plastic wrap and refrigerate a few hours (I left mine in the refrigerator overnight).

Step 3: Remove Fingers From Mold

This part is messy. Basically, you have to peel the playdough away from the fingers rather than pulling the fingers out of the mold.
The fingers will looks messy with playdough. Rinse the playdough off with cold water.
The fingers will have a little "skirt" at the top. Leave this edge on. It will help the finger stick to your window.

Step 4: Glue Fingers to Your Window

Mark where you want the fingers to go on your window by sticking the stub end onto the glass. It will leave a smudge. Smear this smudge and let it dry. This "preps" the glass for glue.
Coat the stub of each finger as well as the smudges on the glass with rubber cement. LET DRY AT LEAST 30 MINUTES.
Stick the fingers onto the glass.

Step 5: Make It Bloody

Add fake blood to taste.

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    Love this going to try it for the halloween party. I'm going to put it on a mirror on the wall opposite the mirror above the vanity, so when someone washes thier hands they will see them behind them!!! How far in advance can I make these and how long will they last on the surface you apply them to? Thank you.....I will post pics when I do it!

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    Julie, glad you're going to try these. If I were you I'd make a couple just to practice as soon as you can. For the real thing, make it a day ahead. And yes, I want to see pics!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Always coming up with some great idea's, puts me in mind of the old bloody finger in the box trick!


    5 years ago

    I could see adding some glow powder and finger nails to really amp it up
    Some of the fake cracked window stickers would be cool as mounts but I bet they are not being made any more.

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    Yes, I could see some gnarly fingernails like these: :)

    Lessee... 5 minutes to put holes in the playdough and grease it; 5 minutes to make fauxtex; 10 minutes to carefully fill the holes and stick straws in them; at least 2 hours to chill the fingers; 15 minutes to dig them out and wash them; 30 min-1 hr to position and glue the fingers on the window (have to let the rubber cement dry at least 30 mins before sticking them to your surface). You could make these way ahead of time and store them in an airtight container.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Ooh, ooh, ooh.. Anyone know any adhesives that will stick to (and come off) an LCD monitor... I owe someone at work a practical joke and Halloween is in the middle of the week. (Needless to say, I'm impressed. :)

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Rubber cement should just rub off. I'd worry more about the sticky residue of the fauxtex. It would come off with a warm damp sponge, but LCD monitors may be a little sensitive. Let me know if you try it.