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Mild Interruption in Tolkien Month – Halloween Gingerbread House Ideas

Note from Josh: My wife is demanding to interrupt Tolkien month for one day to show you her new project. So today we’re diverging briefly into extreme cutesiness. She can’t be placated. These houses take a long time. It would be accurate to call me a Gingerbread Widower.

Hi Everyone!  It’s Mrs. WSL here once again to talk about my favorite subject…gingerbread houses.  We had a talent show round these parts recently and I was asked to contribute something. It was August, and I just couldn’t get myself to make a Christmas gingerbread house that early in the year, so I made my first-ever Halloween gingerbread house.

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Halloween Gingerbread House

It was a lot of fun to make, mostly because it was quick and used colors that I never get to play with during the Christmas holidays.  I spent about 10 hours on this project total.  I thought you might be interested in some ideas for your own spooky house.  With mine, I was leaning more toward the Hansel and Gretyl witch’s candy house as a theme. That meant I could use all the fun colors I wanted.

So here goes. First, I used a free online pattern of the Pixie House from Ultimate Gingerbread. The pattern was simple and made a large house with plenty of room for decorating.  I printed the pattern and laminated it to make cut-out a breeze.  I used one of my favorite gingerbread recipes from the Gingerbread Architect book.  You can find the recipe on this page. It’s the number 2 recipe.  I made a half recipe of the dough, but be warned, I had about a tablespoon of dough left over, so I’d recommend you make a full recipe of any dough you choose.  I covered my board with brown packaging paper and wrapped it with an orange ribbon.

I used regular old Wilton Royal Icing for the cement.  After making the icing I colored it using the Wilton food coloring I had on hand, leaf green, violet, and orange.  I used a lot of coloring to make it vibrant.

The witches hat, ghosts, pumpkins, and orange taffy was all made from fondant.  I picked up a package of white Wilton fondant from the craft store and colored it to my needs. I like to put a small bit in a plastic bag and then knead the color in.

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Halloween gingerbread front porch

The pumpkins were easy to shape and score with a sculpting tool I had on hand. The stems are pretzels and the leaves and vines were done with frosting.   I draped a small circle of white fondant over a sucker to make the ghost and let it dry while stuck into a Styrofoam board. Everything dries hard eventually.  I put their eyes on with a food safe pen.  The witch’s hat is just a cone with flat circle attached. I embellished it with some purple stars and candies.

I used about a tablespoon of candies from three new Wilton products this year:  bones, pumpkins, and spiders.  You can find them at any craft store that sells Wilton stuff.  They made for great decorations.  I went to a local candy store for much of the rest:  laffy taffy in yellow, purple and green, colored sixlets, black licorice wheels and string, and orange balls.  I used black and green starlight mints on the roof under the sixlets.  Sorry, but I bought those about 6 years ago in a mix bag of mints.  I had exactly enough to do this house and they are FINALLY gone!!! The skeleton on the porch is a plastic wind-up toy.

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Another view of the gingerbread house

I took the laffy taffy plus some orange fondant and twisted them together like a candy cane is made to create the lollipops.  I inserted a regular candy stick into them.  The pathway is the laffy taffy placed side by side and rolled flat with a rolling pin.

I had fun making some medallions with a black licorice circle and a white skull attached with green frosting. They dot the front and chimney.  The trees are decorated with different similar candies as well.  Here’s a tutorial on making trees for gingerbread houses. I think a gumdrop tree would have been a great addition here, but I just ran out of space. The handle on the door is a sixlet and a Runt candy banana.  I finished it up by frosting the board with the leftovers and lining it with candies.

I hope you enjoy the house.  I’d love to hear about your own creations! Happy Gingerbread Halloween!

Mrs. WSL

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  • Larissa September 6, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Somehow, I just can’t picture Mrs. WSL demanding the spotlight. . . but I’m so glad she did. 🙂
    I am always so blown away at your talent, Janette! Thank you for sharing your amazing new creation. Do you already know what kind of Christmas house you are going to do?? 🙂

    • Janette Hanagarne September 7, 2011, 5:09 am

      Yes! In fact, I settled on the main elements of the project way back in December of last year. I recently changed our Christmas decorations to a blue/silver/green theme in the house and I want to make a gingerbread in similar colors.
      I found a lovely house online
      and I’ve been trying to make my own pattern for it. My sister-in-law and I have already set the date to meet and gingerbread this year (Nov 4). I can hardly wait. Thanks for asking!!

      • Larissa September 7, 2011, 1:18 pm

        Wow! Those rounded windows are going to be so pretty! And how does the icing dry in perfect icicles like that? I can’t wait to see your version of that house. 🙂 So if you don’t start your own blog before then, please invade Josh’s again. 😉

  • Todd September 7, 2011, 6:33 am

    It’s Tom Bombadil’s house. There, you’re back in the Tolkien theme. 🙂

  • Heather September 7, 2011, 7:33 am

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! It’s cooling down here in WV, so now I GOTSTA make me a Halloween sweater! Oh, I just GOTSTA! Janette, if you had a crafting blog, I would so totally subscribe/RSS/bookmark it! Hey, do you knit or crochet? If so, are you on Ravelry? This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnn!!!!!!! 😀

    • Janette Hanagarne September 7, 2011, 8:07 pm

      I knitted Josh a scarf once, but it ended up being too narrow and then too long. I can crochet, but haven’t for some time. Last year I learned how to do tatting. I’m a dabbler in all sorts of crafts, but a master of none. I’ll check out Ravelry. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Wanderlust September 7, 2011, 11:30 am

    Wow, that is amazing. I am in awe of your talent. I adore admiring things like that, but my own talents…um, run in other directions. My kids and I make the slap-it-together kid-friendly version of a gingerbread house and then I let them dig in and eat it after a couple of days! But really, the detail on your house is just incredible. Lovely!

    • Josh Hanagarne September 7, 2011, 1:57 pm

      Keep going! The more compliments she gets, the nicer she’ll be to me.

      • Wanderlust September 7, 2011, 2:01 pm

        Psssst… the more compliments she gets from *you*, the nicer she’ll be to you. Don’t you know that’s the way to a woman’s heart (etc)!

        • Josh Hanagarne September 8, 2011, 10:03 am

          Oh yes, I know. I’m just trying to bait her into reading the blog.

  • Paul Andrew Russell September 12, 2011, 3:57 am

    That is a beautiful creation!