Decorating a Halloween Gingerbread House

October 27, 2021
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A couple of weeks ago in John Lewis, I spotted this incredible-looking Halloween gingerbread house! Obviously, I had to get it and last weekend I finally found the time to decorate it. I love decorating Christmas gingerbread houses – even though it can be a very stressful activity. So, I was super excited to decorate a spooky one.

Of course, in the end, mine looked nothing like it did on the box. It collapsed several times and turned into an absolute state. But, it was to be expected. It was still fun to make and it tasted pretty good too!

Building a Halloween Gingerbread House

This kit comes with all the gingerbread pieces and I was relieved to see they were all intact. Last year, after an awful gingerbread experience where all the pieces were broken before I’d even taken them out of the box, I wasn’t sure I’d ever be brave enough to do a gingerbread house again!

It also came with white and green icing along with some marshmallow ghosts and some bone and bat hard sweets.

Halloween Gingerbread House

Construction of the Halloween gingerbread house was going well…to begin with. I managed to get the front, back and sides of the house all iced together and they seemed pretty sturdy!

Halloween Gingerbread House

Then, it was time to put the roof on which I dread doing every single time. Luckily, it didn’t go too badly and I managed to make the roof stay in place. But, just a few moments later I saw it starting to slide and the entire thing collapsed. It always seems to happen so suddenly!

Luckily, I managed to reattach the roof and the walls, using plenty of icing. And, then I could stick the chimney on the front of the house. The chimney was broken but it was actually the easiest and least stressful part of the build.

Halloween Gingerbread House

Both the chimney and the wonkiness of the house very much gave me Tim Burton vibes so that’s what I went with. If anyone asks, it was definitely supposed to lean slightly to the side like that haha.

Decorating the Halloween Gingerbread House

After it’d collapsed a couple more times and was rebuilt, it was time to decorate! This really was not my finest moment. The green icing became too warm in my hands and ended up just dripping down the sides. The entire house was extremely wobbly and none of the bat decorations wanted to stay in place. I tried my absolute best to draw some windows and doors.

But, as you can see, it was a total mess haha.

Thankfully, I feel like the little marshmallow ghosts saved and turned it into something…cute?

Halloween Gingerbread House

By some miracle, it didn’t collapse after it’d been decorated. I’ve no idea how it was still standing. But, it stayed in place until we broke it up to eat it!

I swear these types of gingerbread houses are impossible to make…unless I’m just terrible at making them. How anyone can actually make them look good is beyond me. If you happen to be a gingerbread house decorating pro, please let me in on your secrets!

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