Haunted Gingerbread House Recipe

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Recipes.net Team October 16, 2020
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It’s time to get into the Halloween spirit, and what’s more spooky than building your very own Haunted Gingerbread House? In this recipe, you won’t be needing any gingerbread house kit to make cute Halloween treats. We’ll show you how to make use of scary gingerbread house decorations to make a frightening but delicious Halloween gingerbread house!

Our haunted house is the perfect, easy Halloween treats recipe for the spookiest holiday of the year! It’s both a great dessert for parties, and also one of the best, easy Halloween treats you can make.

What Is a Gingerbread House Made With?

Gingerbread houses are ginger biscuits shaped or assembled to look like houses, complete with walls and a roof! Although sometimes they use cookie dough, in this recipe we recommend you use the ones made with gingersnaps or ginger biscuits. These biscuits are basically baked goods flavored with ginger, and sometimes nutmeg or cinnamon, then sweetened with honey, or sugar, and even molasses.

Gingerbread desserts are some of the most popular treats for the holidays. Although we’re making them for Halloween in this recipe, it’s also a well-known Christmas food. Asides from houses, there’s the iconic gingerbread man and even gingerbread reindeers.

Gingerbread has been around for a long time, but it was in Germany that gingerbread houses were invented. It was also there that it became associated with the Christmas season. You could also say that it was the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” story that eventually tied gingerbread houses to the scary, Halloween season.

Gingerbread has become a well-loved pastry, with its sweet and spicy flavors and dense, filling texture. If you’re interested in trying out more of our gingerbread recipes, we have flavored gingerbread desserts you can make for the holidays. Our Gingerbread With Orange Glaze Cookies has a tasty, citrus flavor. Our Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies, on the other hand, have that caramel-like goodness that’s just perfect for sweet tooths. 

How To Make A Gingerbread House for Halloween

We’ll show you how to decorate a gingerbread house for Halloween in this terrifyingly delicious recipe! We’ll be using all kinds of scary, Halloween-themed candies, from gummy spiders and sugar candy bats to the iconic candy corn and Mellowcreme pumpkins. Below, you’ll see our easy instructions on how to decorate your very own haunted house. 

However, if you have other gingerbread house ideas in mind, go ahead and be creative! After all, the real challenge is making sure that your gingerbread house’s icing keeps your decorations in place. But don’t worry! We included info on how long icing should be left to dry, in our CAQ section down below. So, if you keep that in mind, we’re sure that your haunted house’s decorations won’t be falling off anytime soon.

As you’ll see in the recipe, we’ll no longer show you how to make your very own homemade gingerbread house. That’s because we insist that you buy one that’s ready-made so you can go straight to decorating it. This saves time and effort that you could instead spend on making other scary Halloween snacks.

However, if you’re interested in making your own gingerbread house, keep in mind some of our useful tips! First, you can always make your house with graham crackers instead of the usual gingersnaps or ginger biscuits for a cheaper alternative. You can also use include other leftover candies you may have laying around to decorate your haunted house. Don’t be afraid to use Tootsie rolls, Twix, marshmallows, pretzels, M&Ms, and other treats you can find.

And lastly, use some cardboard or styrofoam to support the structure of your haunted house! Houses made out of food aren’t the sturdiest, so use all the help you can get to make them stand all throughout the Halloween party.

More Halloween Food Ideas For a Spooky Party

And speaking of Halloween parties, we have some really terrifying Halloween snacks and desserts that you can also do for October 31!

For other Halloween treat ideas, you can give guests some delicious Candied Apples, as well as tasty Butterfinger Eyeballs to get them in the Halloween mood! And if you’re interested in making more pastries, we also have Devil’s Food Spider Cupcakes that are devilishly good.

How To Make Haunted Gingerbread House

Decorate a sweet and spicy gingerbread house with delectable Halloween-themed candies in this Haunted Gingerbread House Recipe! Have fun haunting your house with our Halloween recipe!

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 40 mins


  • 1 gingerbread house, undecorated
  • 16 oz vanilla frosting , or Royal icing, divided
  • Red food coloring, liquid
  • Yellow food coloring, liquid
  • Green food coloring, liquid
  • Blue food coloring, liquid
  • Licorice laces, black
  • Gummy spiders
  • Candy corn , assorted flavors
  • Sour belts, green apple flavor
  • Mellowcreme pumpkins
  • Sugar candy bats, or dextrose candy bats
  • Marshmallow ghosts


  1. Place ½ cup of icing in a small bowl and then tint purple using food coloring.

  2. Place ½ cup of icing in a small bowl and then tint green using food coloring.

  3. Place ¼ cup of icing in a small bowl and tint orange using food coloring.

  4. Using a small offset spatula or knife, spread the purple icing in a thin and even layer on the roof.

  5. Cut the black licorice laces into shorter pieces. Arrange them in a crisscross pattern on the right side of the roof to create spider webs. Gently press into the icing to secure properly.

  6. Arrange the gummy spiders on the roof, gently pressing them into the icing to secure.

  7. Arrange the candy corn along the seam where the left and right sides of the roof meet.

  8. Arrange more of the candy corn in three vertical lines on the left side of the roof.

  9. Using a small offset spatula or knife, spread the green icing in a thin, even layer on the base of the house.

  10. Arrange the green apple sour belts around the base of the house to form grass.

  11. Using a small offset spatula or knife, spread a small dollop of orange icing on the bottom of one Mellowcreme pumpkin, then place it in front of the house.

  12. Repeat with additional pumpkins if desired.

  13. Using a small offset spatula or knife, spread white icing in a thin, even layer across the surface of the door.

  14. Gently press sugar candy bats onto the door.

  15. Place a small dollop of white icing on 1 sugar bat then attach to the left side of the roof. Repeat as desired.

  16. Using a small offset spatula or knife, spread a small dollop of white icing on a marshmallow ghost. Then, gently press it onto the front of the house.

  17. Using a small offset spatula or knife, spread a thin line of orange icing along the seam where the roof meets the front of the house.

  18. Arrange the candy corn along the seam, gently pressing to secure.

  19. Arrange the candy corn along the sides and back of the house to form a fence. Enjoy the Halloween season with your haunted gingerbread house!

Recipe Notes

  • If necessary, you can secure the decorations with more icing to ensure that they don’t fall off your Haunted Gingerbread House.
  • You can also put some scared guests in your haunted house! Make a terrified gingerbread man with our soft Gingerbread Cookies Recipe.
  • No need to buy Marshmallow ghosts for this recipe! Try our Halloween Crispy Marshmallow Ghosts Recipe instead.


Commonly Asked Questions

How long do gingerbread houses last?

Gingerbread houses kept in the pantry can last for up to 3 to 4 weeks. Storing them in the freezer can extend its shelf life up to 6 to 8 months.

How do I store gingerbread houses?

Store your gingerbread house in a cool, dry place. You can cover it at night with plastic wrap to keep out the moisture and dust.

How do I stop my gingerbread house from falling apart?

Adding more icing can help keep your house and its decorations from falling apart. Also, keep in mind to let the icing dry first before adding any more decorations.

How long does icing take to dry?

If you’re using Royal icing, it will take around 15 to 30 minutes for its exterior to dry. However, underneath the remaining icing will still be wet. It’s best to let the icing dry overnight at room temperature before serving it to friends and family.


You’ll be scaring everyone’s pants off with this delicious Haunted Gingerbread House Recipe! It’s a perfect dessert for the kids’ Halloween party, plus it feeds a lot of guests too. Try this wickedly spooky gingerbread house recipe!

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