DIY Creepy Specimen Jars

Having guests over for a Halloween party or dinner? Make your own creepy, edible specimen jars that can be used to decorate your Halloween spread, or to scare guests at the dinner table! These jars will be sure to cause some confusion. With mason jars, canned goods, and labels, you'll be able to whip these up in no time.

Creepy Jars
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Things You'll Need

  • Canned chicken noodle soup

  • Chicken broth

  • Fruit cups

  • Olives in brine

  • Other fruits, veggies, canned items you’d like

  • Mason jars

  • Printed labels

  • Scissors

  • Tape

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Step 1

Print out creepy labels that involve unusual words and gross body parts. We went with Intestinal Parasites, Organs in Blood and Alligator Eyeballs. Then cut them into strips.

Cutting Labels
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Step 2

For the first jar of 'Organs in Blood', take any flavored fruit cups with red gelatin or juice and empty them into the jar until it's filled up.

Empty fruit cups
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Step 3

Add the 'Organs in Blood' label with tape.

Cutting label
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Organs in Blood
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Step 4

For the 'Alligator Eyeballs' jar, empty the olives and brine into the mason jar. Add chicken broth to fill the jar completely, then add the label.

Olives in Mason Jar
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Step 5

For the final jar of 'Intestinal Parasites', heat up some cans of chicken noodle soup. Let it cool, then pour into the mason jar and add the label.

Chicken Noodle Soup
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Intestinal Parasites
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Decorate your Halloween party spread by placing the creepy specimen jars among the other festive foods and decor on the table. You can also confuse your guests by placing them on the dinner table!

Halloween Spread Closeup
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Halloween Spread
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