19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, October 21, 1914: << no entry>>
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma didn’t write anything a hundred years ago today, I’m going to share how I made a shrunken apple-head witch.
The October, 1913 issue of Ladies Home Journal had an article with suggestions for Halloween parties. It included the following picture.
Unfortunately the magazine didn’t provide directions for making the apple head witch, and instead said that if you wanted directions for making the “novelties” shown that you should send a stamped self-addressed envelope to the Entertainment Editor—so I was on my own when it came to interpreting the picture.
Here’s how I made the apple head witch:
First I made the shrunken apple head face. To make it I followed the directions in a wonderful YouTube video on how to carve apple heads. It also showed how to dry them in the oven.
I used a popsicle stick and nail that I taped together to create the skeleton. I stuck the sharp end of the nail into the base of the dried apple, and the popsicle stick into a potato.
I then made the outfit using felt and staples. I didn’t like the way it looked when the potato based stuck out beneath the clothes—so I made the dress longer than in the old picture.
I used a part of a cotton ball to make the witch’s hair, and made the hat out of black construction paper.
The hat didn’t want to stay in place when I put it on the witch, so I broke a tooth pick in half and inserted it into the top of the head. I then placed the hat over the tooth pick.
Last year I made the carrot bogeyman that is in the old Ladies Home Journal picture. Click on the link to see that post.