Vincent Price's Shrunken Heads

Photo-8 Gabe Adiv snapped this photo of a c.1975 Vincent Price Shrunken Head kit for sale at a Brooklyn flea market. The shrunken heads were made from shriveled apples. For budding PT Barnums, this kit was far more interesting than a lame plastic potato head. X-Entertainment has more on Vincent Price's Shrunken Heads.



  1. I had one of these. If you took the time to carve a good face out of the apple after the cheaply made dehydrator would make a creepy little shrunken apple head.

  2. I had a book of crafts for young kids when I was growing up, that showed you how to make these. It was considerably less ghoulish, though. More like creating granma, or other friendly old folks.

  3. Oh, I was just thinking about these the other day. This kit was on the long list of things I wanted desperately as a child but which were never bought by my cruel, wicked parents.

  4. I didn’t need this kit, I did this on my own. Minus the hair, I just did the apple heads. Kinda fun. All you need is an apple, a knife, and lemon juice or vinegar.

  5. OMFZog! I got this for Xmas one year, and totally loved it. Impressed the hell out of the kids on the block. Also: probably the main reason I started getting into Vincent Price movies.

  6. Suddenly I wonder if this is what that The Simpson’s “Vincent Price’s Egg Magic” set was parodying, or if it was just a Batman-Egghead joke.

    OR BOTH.

  7. A place I worked with had one of these, I think Rob Zombie bought it when he came in one day. For reals, yo. I heart Vincent Price.

  8. Yes, this was not uncommon in the 70s, so much so that in my 80s high school there was a girl who was nicknamed “shrunken apple head.”

  9. Gosh, you had to have a kit to do that?

    I grew up in an apple orchard and we made these every fall. Shrunken everything, not just heads. Carve to your heart’s delight and sit it on the fireplace mantle in a saucer. After its dessicated down, add a little immaginitive water color and then take it to school and see who you can freak out.

  10. This exact same kit was re-marketed in countless ways. There was a “old lady doll” kit for the girls, and, er. Well, that was about it.

    I remember kids getting these as presents in the 70s.

    Basically, there was a craze for recreating traditional craft items as kits to be sold to urban kids via the craft and hobby outlets that were springing up like mushrooms in every mall.

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