Halloween Treat: Haunted Gingerbread House

Haunted Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses aren't just for Christmas anymore! Use our easy-build methods to create a Halloween Gingerbread House to brighten your autumn home or workplace.

Using melted bark coating or candy melts makes this craft simple enough for kids.

A black cat peeps from piles of pumpkins. Orange and black gumdrops light the path on Halloween night. Spiders creep and bats flap.

Don't miss our friendly ghosts!

Materials and Ingredients

  • 1 recipe gingerbread house dough
  • gingerbread house mold
    or
    printable templates
  • 1 12-ounce package orange candy melts
  • 1 package orange-colored sugar wafer cookies
  • Assorted harvest candies:
    mallowcreme harvest mix candies (including pumpkins and candy corn)
    black rope licorice
    small black licorice "bits"
    chocolate bar
    orange and black gumdrops
    orange and black cake decors (from the cake decorating section)
    candy bats and/or spiders (from the cake decorating section)
    Marshmallow Peeps® Ghosts

Instructions

Follow these instructions to bake and assemble your gingerbread house.

Use rope licorice to reinforce roof line and joints between walls.

Using orange candy melts, apply sugar wafer cookies to the roof in staggered rows, resembling shingles. Overlap cookies about 1/4-inch. Cut cookies to size where necessary.

Create a "chimney" by cementing small licorice bits in "rows" to resemble brick masonry. Use orange candy melts as "mortar". Allow each row to harden before building the next one.

Decorate house using remaining candies.

A section of a chocolate bar makes a good door, and smaller square serve as shutters. Be sure to let the shutters hang at an angle for the spookiest effect!

Using orange candy melts, decorate the house.

Add pumpkins, a black cat, and black spiders and bats and candy corn.

Candy melts can create a "spider web" effect for candy spiders.

Arrange gumdrops to form a path to the front door. Spread a thin film of orange candy melts to the path, and sprinkle with orange and black decors to "pave" the path.

As a final spooky touch, place a Marshmallow Peeps® Ghost in the chimney!

Printable Gingerbread House Templates

Gingerbread House Template 1
Gingerbread House Template 2