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With fall well underway, we thought we’d share some of the coolest Autumn-related science experiments from around the Web that you can do at home with friends and family. While many activities are simply classic home-based science experiments with the addition of pumpkins or apples, others help add to our understanding of the changing seasons. 

Here are five that especially stood out to us, but there are plenty of others out there as well: 

  1. Oozing Pumpkin—Steve Spangler Science 

If you’ve ever wanted to make your Jack O’ Lantern look as if it had rabies, this experiment is one you’ll want to try. With five simple ingredients, this activity allows you to create a foam that pours out of your Jack O’ Lantern’s face. A great way to repurpose your pumpkin once Halloween is over!   

  1. Leaf Chromatography—Home Science Tools 

This experiment allows you to predict what color green leaves will change to when it’s their time. All it involves is a quick trip outside, some glasses or breakers with some rubbing alcohol inside, hot tap water, strips of filter paper, and a little bit of time. 

  1. Dancing Ghosts and Bats—Inspiration Laboratories 

Although this is another Halloween-themed science activity, you can really make it any theme you want. Use static electricity from a balloon to make tissue paper bats and ghosts move about.  

  1. Hopping Corn—One Time Through 

This corn kernel science experiment is a great way to teach young family members about solids, liquids, and gases. With just some vinegar, baking soda, water, and standard popping corn, you can create a fascinating visual spectacle that lasts for over an hour.  

  1. Pine Cone Weather Station—Science Sparks 

Who wouldn’t want to predict the weather with pinecones? Just gather pinecones, find a spot for your weather station, and observe.  

These are just a few of the fall-related science experiments we came across in a quick Internet search. We tried to cover as wide a range of science as we could with just five picks, but there are hundreds more experiments to try. Just Google “fall science experiments” and get exploring!