How to Make A Halloween Gingerbread House For Kids!
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How to Make A Halloween Gingerbread House For Kids!

How to Make A Halloween Gingerbread House For Kids!

I’m embarrassed to tell you when we made this Halloween gingerbread house. But I will anyway.

Maia LOVES making gingerbread houses and basically has them on the mind all year round.

She wanted to make a beach-themed gingerbread house and I said we would when we went to the beach. We didn’t make it there this year, though, so she begged to make an Autumn gingerbread house to celebrate the first day of school.

And I gave in.

How To Make A Halloween Gingerbread House

How to Make A Halloween Gingerbread House For Kids – decorating with candy

I had the gingerbread cookie pieces ready to assemble by the time the girls were home from school as well as an assortment of Halloween candy in little dishes.

(See the notes at the end of the post for the gingerbread house recipe, etc.)

How to Make A Halloween Gingerbread House – Decorating roof with candy

Maia, her friend Isabella, and Daphne used candy corn for the roof shingles, twizzlers for door frames and window frames, chocolate sprinkles for dirt, fall-colored M&Ms for autumn leaves, and candy pumpkins for, well, pumpkins.

There were chocolate kisses on the table, too, but I think they just got eaten.

How to Make A Halloween Gingerbread House – candy corn roof

I think they did a pretty great job on their Halloween gingerbread house! It looks very autumnal. Here’s a view of the roof and the candy corn shingles.

Detail of Halloween Gingerbread House

And here’s a view of the leaf-strewn ground around the house.

Finished Halloween Gingerbread House

And the three happy gingerbread decorators.


  • We used this recipe for the gingerbread cookie pieces. We’ve used it successfully in the past for mini gingerbread houses, but this time the gingerbread was a bit too soft (maybe I didn’t cook it long enough or something) and the house was larger. Sadly the roof collapsed.
  • I think we’ll use this recipe next time. We’ve used it successfully for larger gingerbread houses in the past.
  • The gingerbread house is standing on a foil-covered cookie sheet that is then spread with a thin layer of icing (for the sprinkles and candies to stick to).
  • Next time we make a Halloween gingerbread house (soon!), we’re planning to add marshmallow ghosts and maybe a licorice tree.

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How to Make A Halloween Gingerbread House For Kids!
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  • Reply
    October 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

    What a cute house. I grew up with a Mom who loved to make gingerbread houses every Christmas – she said it didn’t feel like Christmas if she didn’t make at least one, and she usually made two for my brother and I to take to school for the class Christmas party. They were usually about 16″ to 18″ high and would take about 6 full sheets of gingerbread to create. They were not for the faint of heart when it came time to assemble, but she had her tricks. One thing she learned is that gingerbread is very susceptable to humidity and while it was strong and stiff in a dry, heated house during a Canadian December, making one in the summer was very iffy due to the high humidity.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

    That’s good to know! Maybe the collapse was due to the August humidity here.

  • Reply
    November 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for this sweet idea. I’m making a fall house with my 4 1/2 yr old son today, a little late for Halloween but he doesn’t mind at all. He’s very excited! You’re the best, Jean, you bring happiness to many families. Happy Fall to You & Yours!

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