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Shrunken Heads ~ Halloween Science

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With Halloween coming, I had do some kind of gross Halloween science experiment. Gross science kinda makes me happy! 😉 We have been brewing up some gross shrunken heads at our house made from apples.

Shrunken Head Apples- Halloween Science

How To Make Apple Shrunken Heads:

Peel the apples.

Peeling apples for shrunken heads

Carve a face into the apples. The more defined it is the better it will show up later.  We used a small paring knife for our faces.

Making Shrunken Heads

My boys did the outside ones and mine is the middle one.

Carving Apple Heads

Prepare a large bowl of water with 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and 1/2 c. salt mixed in.

apple heads

Once the faces are carved into your apples, put them into the bowl of water and soak for 24 hours. This preserves the apples and also keeps them from browning.

After you soak them. bake them in an oven preheated to 200 degrees F. Bake them for 3 hours.  Cool them down.

shrunken apple heads

Use a jumbo paper clip, bend it partially straight and insert it into the middle of the apple. Bend it over on the bottom so it stays in.  Tie a string to it and hang it in a cool, dry place for 2 weeks! During this time they shrivel up and get really creepy and gross looking.

Shrunken apple heads- Halloween science

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