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Decorating a Halloween gingerbread house

I posted a few pics of our gingerbread house on Instagram yesterday and got comments saying I was far too early for Christmas! Since when was a gingerbread house just for Christmas? I think they make a pretty good treat for Halloween too as they are really versatile and easy to decorate for any season.

Decorating a Halloween gingerbread house

As we’re currently in the middle of half term we decorated a gingerbread house as part of our Halloween celebrations. This is always a great activity to do with my children and it kept them occupied all afternoon. It also combines some elements of STEM which is something I am always keen to introduce to my kids.

First we assembled our gingerbread house. I have to admit to using a ready made kit from Ikea, they are great value, smell wonderful and taste pretty good. This time I tried something new and made a sugar syrup to ‘glue’ the pieces together.

How to make a sugar syrup to glue a gingerbread house together

sugar syrup for a gingerbread house

I placed 125g caster sugar with 2.5fl oz of water in a pan and let them boil until the colour darkened and the mixture thickened. Then I reduced the heat so that the syrup didn’t burn but stayed warm and easy to use. It was obviously incredibly hot so I dipped each piece of the gingerbread house in the sugar syrup and fixed it to another piece. I allowed it to cool until the sugar syrup started to set and then carried on adding a piece at a time until the walls, roof and chimney pieces were all glued together.

Halloween gingerbread house

I left the gingerbread house to dry and harden over night. The sugar syrup dried white and looked a little like snow.

Decorating a Halloween gingerbread house

The next day we collected our decorating supplies which included special green popcorn, red icing pen, sweetie eyes and a selection of Halloween chocolates.

grim green sweet popcorn

We set our Halloween gingerbread house on a tray and the children placed the green popcorn around it to look like green snow.

decorating a Halloween gingerbread house

We used the icing pen to decorate around the edges of the gingerbread house and used it as a glue to hold the sweetie eyes in place on the roof. My 5 year old added a pumpkin and spider using the icing pen and filled the tray with some of our sweets to create a very spooky Halloween house.

making a Halloween gingerbread house

The children enjoyed decorating a Halloween gingerbread house and it’s making our living room smell seasonal which is always a bonus. Look at their faces – I think you can tell they had eaten a few sweets along the way!

gingerbread house for Halloween

I think we might enjoy our spooky Halloween house for another couple of days before breaking it and eating it.

Have you ever made or decorated a gingerbread house for Halloween?


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    October 29, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    We have never decorated a gingerbread house for halloween but I love the idea. It looks great with the green popcorn! Last year we decorated one for christmas for the first time, maybe next year I’ll do a halloween one!

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    Annie B
    October 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Why have I never thought to do this?! A great project for the #MiniMakers. Thanks for linking up to #MakingHome

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