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How to Make Shrunken Apple Heads

When it comes to seasonal decorations, it seems like it’s all been done before. As soon as October hits, shopping malls, restaurants, and other establishments all have pumpkins and bats stuck to their walls and windows. But if you’re looking to stand out amongst the crowd of typical Halloween decorations, try making shrunken apple heads to hang on your establishment’s trees, windows, or ceilings. These little guys are easy to make and can add a fun and spooky look to your restaurant.

Instructions for Making Shrunken Apple Heads


  • Granny Smith apples
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 2 cups lemon juice


  1. Mix the salt and lemon juice together in a bowl.
  2. Peel the apples.
  3. Soak the apples in salt and lemon juice mixture for 20 minutes.
  4. Use a paring knife to carve faces into the apples.
  5. Resubmerge the carved apples in the salt and lemon juice mixture.
  6. Hang your apples to dry.

By soaking your apples in the lemon juice mixture, you can prevent them from rotting and getting moldy. A well-made shrunken apple head can last several months… or even years! It’ll just continue to shrink and develop wrinkles that look great as Halloween decorations.

If you’re searching for other fun Halloween activities to bring to your restaurant or catered event, check out our tips on scary dinner foods as well as how to make a pumpkin keg!

Posted in: Holidays | By Jessica Wieser
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