Make a Mad Science Lab With Household Items

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We made this spooky mad science Halloween specimen lab using simple household items!

easy mad science lab

Last year I decked out our house for a Halloween photo shoot and one of my favorite set ups was the “Mad Science Lab”! I scurried around and found just about everything I needed for a super spooky science lab set up without getting anything too fancy. See what household items I used below!

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setting up an easy mad science lab

I started with a trip to the dollar store and grabbed everything that looked like ‘formaldehyde green’: dish soap, hand soap, and Mountain Dew. I also picked up some highlighters; if you pull the guts out of a highlighter and place in a jar of water, you get this amazing fluorescent liquid! They also make neon food coloring, so I used the yellow food coloring in water for a couple of the science jars.

eyeball chewing gum

mad science lab

For the contents of the mad science lab… here’s what worked for me: spaghetti, dollar store spiders and other plastic critters, and dollar store skulls and bones (similar ones here). I found eye-ball chewing gum for one of these, but you know what else works? Grapes. The last thing I love to include are these green water beads…. if you haven’t discovered them… you need to. SO fun even when they’re not being used in a mad science lab.

fun materials for mad science lab

mad science lab materials

For containers, I have an array of glass vessels: the science beakers are from the craft store last year, but the other glasses are simple jars and containers I grabbed from the thrift store! One thing that makes them look extra spooky is the addition of science lab labels. I found mine here: specimen jar labels and creepy science lab labels.

containers for science lab

Other little fun details? I snapped some glow sticks before taking these pictures and dropped them into a handful of the containers. I also turned on our black light for a few photos just to show you how cool the highlighter looks! These LED lights got lost in the mail, but I thought they would have been another really cool effect!  And it doesn’t come across in pictures, but I have some denture cleaning tabs to drop in to the water and Mountain Dew to bubble like a potion!

glow sticks for science lab

black light science lab

That skeletal bird was at Goodwill, but JOANN has something similar here. That toad is from last year, but I’ve linked a similar one here. I scattered some bugs and those fun eyeballs, but the rest of the set up is left to the mad science vessels! Easy peasy!

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Leave me a message with some of your favorite mad-science ingredients! What’s the spookiest thing you have in YOUR kitchen!

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creepy mad science lab for halloween

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