Spooky (And Delicious) Haunted Gingerbread Houses

We love the sweet, savory taste of gingerbread and luckily, gingerbread isn’t just for Christmas anymore! We’ve been seeing a lot of haunted gingerbread houses lately and are absolutely in love with this fun activity to get you in the Halloween spirit. It’s all the same steps as creating a Christmas-themed gingerbread house, just with different exterior details! (Spooky details of course.) Check out our favorite decorative edibles and quick tips to get started today! And don’t forget to keep scrolling to get inspired with some of our favorite haunted gingerbread houses.

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Our favorite decorative edibles:

  • Candy corn
  • Gumdrops
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Black liquorice
  • Oreos
  • Reeses pieces
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Chocolate wafers
  • Frosting
  • Graham crackers


  • If you are making your gingerbread from scratch, bake it at least a day in advance from when you are planning on decorating. That way you don’t have to worry about the gingerbread being too warm while decorating.
  • Try decorating the walls and roof of the house before you assemble it all together. It’s easier to add details to your gingerbread when it’s lying flat.
  • Keep a pair of scissors handy – just in case you need to cut open any wrappers or cut an actual piece candy to make it smaller.
  • Scoop frosting into a plastic ziploc bag and cut one of the bottom corner tips off the bag. You can use this to easily squeeze out your frosting.
  • Frost the bottom edges of your walls before securing them so that they will stick to the foundation.
  • When assembling your walls, position your pieces so that the side walls are between the front and back pieces. This will make the front of your house look nicer.
  • Place an item such as a glass or a can against the newly assembled walls to keep them standing while the frosting dries.
  • Assemble your roof once the walls are dry. Frost the top edges of your side walls and place your roof pieces on top in your desired shape. If creating a roof that comes to a point, make sure those top edges are frosted as well so the two roof pieces stick together.

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What do you think of this Halloween activity? Do you have any tips on creating a haunted gingerbread house? Please let us know with a comment!