Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: October 16, 2020 Modified: July 28, 2021
Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House Recipe

What’s the perfect way to get ready for the spooktastic holidays other than building your very own Halloween gingerbread house? We’ll show you how to make use of spooky decorations to help you make a hair-raising delicious treat. Go all out in your celebration by making some Halloween cupcakes to go with your edible haunted house. Who knew there were other gingerbread house ideas other than your usual Christmas ones!

Tips on Making a Halloween Gingerbread House

We’ll show you how to decorate a gingerbread house for your spooky celebration by using all kinds of scary candies: from gummy spiders and sugar candy bats to the iconic candy corn and Mellowcreme pumpkins. You’ll need an undecorated haunted gingerbread house kit for this. Meanwhile, here are some tips for making this recipe:


  • Design your haunted gingerbread house prior to making it. It’s better to be prepared with a house design before trying to make it. Think about what decorations you’d like to use, where you’ll use certain ingredients and how you’ll use them, so you have everything on hand.
  • Be creative and try using other supplies. Your leftover Halloween candy may come in handy as well as other food items you may find in your pantry as Halloween house decorations. Cereal, pretzels, and cookies to name a few, work perfectly.
  • Use something to hold up your gingerbread haunted house. In case you don’t know, the intricate gingerbread mansions you see in fancy cafes and hotels are held up by cardboard and styrofoam. You can use empty tissue or cereal boxes with a glue gun to make sure that your DIY gingerbread house wouldn’t collapse. The icing wouldn’t be enough to hold up a large, intricate structure.
  • To ensure your decorations stick well, use extra icing to keep them from falling off.

How To Make a Haunted Gingerbread House

Decorate a creepy, tasty Halloween gingerbread house with sweet and fun candies for this. Have fun decorating your spooky but oh so tasty edible haunted house!

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 40 mins
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  • 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, (See Recipe Notes for this)


  1. Put ½ cup of icing each in 2 different bowls.

  2. Add a few drops of purple food coloring in one bowl; and the other with green.

  3. Put ¼ cup of icing in another bowl and add a few drops of orange food coloring.

  4. Spread a layer of the purple icing on the roof.

  5. Place the black licorice laces in a criss-cross style across parts of the roof to make spider webs out of them. Gently press into the icing to secure properly.

  6. Press the gummy spiders gently onto the roof.

  7. Gently press candy corn all around the roof edges.

  8. Spread the green icing in a thin, even layer on the base of the house.

  9. Put the green apple sour belts on the base of the house to make the grass.

  10. Spread a small dollop of orange icing on the bottom of one Mellowcreme pumpkin, then place it in front of the house.

  11. Repeat with additional pumpkins if desired.

  12. Spread white icing across the surface of the door.

  13. Gently press the sugar candy bats onto the door.

  14. Stick the candy corn around the whole house to create a fence.

  15. Enjoy the Halloween season with your haunted gingerbread house!

Recipe Notes

No need to buy marshmallow ghosts for this recipe! Try our Halloween ghost marshmallow recipe instead.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What makes gingerbread houses stick together?

Royal icing, which uses meringue powder or egg whites, is the key to making sure your gingerbread house, as well as your decorations, stick together. We recommend you allow the icing to dry overnight at room temperature before serving it.

Why did my gingerbread crack?

Resting your gingerbread dough ensures it won’t crack. Keep the dough chilled and wrapped in the refrigerator for 2 hours before you roll it out.

How long do gingerbread houses last?

Gingerbread houses can last up to 4 weeks. If you store them in the freezer, you can even keep them for half a year. You can have it displayed all throughout the Fall season!


You’ll be scaring everyone’s pants off with this delicious haunted gingerbread house. It’s the perfect dessert for kiddie parties and family gatherings as it’s great for sharing too. Try making it with the kids for Halloween!

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