Do your kids love to decorate? Let them go nuts with creativity making this Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House. It was a blast watching and helping my boys invent their own haunted house.
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My kids always want to make a gingerbread house at Christmas and we never ever have time. Between all the shopping, wrapping, family get-togethers and are existing traditions it’s hard to just stop to have some fun.
So this year for Halloween (or if you don’t celebrate Halloween we can call it Autumn Jubilee) I thought it would be a great new tradition to make a Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House! Let me just say, I was right! It was so much fun. The boys helped me with this one and then made their own. I didn’t get a picture of theirs because as they were icing it… it collapsed which made it all the more fun and if you will.. Haunted. (Let me clarify something really quick, I do not believe in ghosts. I do however believe in Jesus:)
What you will need
- Sprinkles festive colors of course
- Super Easy Royal Icing recipe
- Store bought icing or triple batch the icing above then add food coloring
- Candy decorations located in the Halloween section
- 3 boxes of Graham Crackers
- Hershey’s chocolate bar
- Other assorted or leftover candy
- Candy eyeballs
- Cutting board and knife
- Flat tray covered in wax paper so your walls don’t stick
- Pizza pan or tray to sit you house on while you decorate it
- Ziplock bags to hold your Royal Icing
- ** To make this easy on yourself feel free to get a boxed gingerbread house. Its just as much fun, I promise!! No judgement here! 🙂
How to make a Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House Video!
Aren’t videos fun! You can watch this video, scroll through the pictures or both. In creating this Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House it got a little dark so bear with me here.. ok? Ok! Thanks!!
How to make your own Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House
On with the creation!
First, let’s look at the icing. If you need a really good Royal Icing recipe Click here!
Open one box of graham crackers being careful not to break any of the pieces. You will need them all long to make this house. Although, you could use halves and make a tiny house… Hmmm! Light bulb!! And that will be a post coming soon.
Now that you have your triangles it’s time to start gluing them together with royal icing for my recipe click here. To do this put your icing in an icing bag or make your own by using a ziplock bag and snipping a tiny bit off the end. See picture below.
I have a small amount cut off of the bag and I am ready to ice! Put 2 rectangles together to make the side walls and pipe your royal icing in between. You will need to do this four for your 2 walls and 2 roof peices. Set them in a flat place and don’t touch until completely dry.
For your front and back walls you will need two rectangles and one triangle on top. Again Pipe your icing between each cracker to hold them in place.
Once the sides of your house are completely dry you will need to attach 2 sides together. To do this I used a cup to make sure they stayed at a 90-degree angle until dry. Be sure to pipe quite a bit to make sure it stays together.
Here they are stood up before being icing glued together.
For the roof, you will need to do the same as you did for the house. Attach by gently placing the 2 piece roof on and icing around it so it stays. Your finished house should look similar to mine.
Once your house is (again COMPLETELY) dry you can start decorating it.
Decorating your Gingerbread House
Start by icing the outside and roof then move on to your candy decor. Take your time and have fun with it!
The boys wanted grass so we added some extra graham crackers to the bottom then covered it with green icing and sprinkles. They did such a good job!