Haunted House Fun

October 23rd, 2009 by Giulia Taraszkiewicz

What is an afternoon of fun, a spooky table setting, and a great crafting activity all at the same time? A Haunted House of course!  I decorated an eerie building with one of Wilton’s pre-baked Halloween cookie kits… here’s how it worked out. BOOOOOO!

STEP 1 – PREP
haunted house packaging
Open the box, gather all the components, and prepare your icing and candy. Also keep a bowl of corn starch on your working area,  you are going to need it to shape the icing. If you are a beginner, make sure you read the instructions. Our copywriters work very closely with the decorating room, and they will provide you with step by step instructions and tips from those who actually decorate the house.

STEP 2 – ASSEMBLE
Gingerbread Pieces

Get ready to assemble the house. I try to put the pieces together without the icing first, so I know which piece goes where. Start by assembling the main structure. Let the icing dry so that the base stands up safely, then tackle the roof.
assemble walls and roof

STEP 3 – DECORATE!
Replicate one of the awesome design alternatives provided on the box, or create your own unique decoration. I picked up what I liked the most out of the 3 alternatives and mixed them on my house. Then, I added my own twist.
decorate the house

The icing in the kit is specially formulated for assembling and decorating houses. This means that it will dry hard and maintain the structure of the house. The neat thing about this icing is that in between the time that you piped it, and the time that it will dry out, you can shape it to create the effect you desire or correct a mistake. For example, I did not do a good job piping the windows, so I just went back with a small knife and cut the edge straight. Ta-da….!!! Straight Window!
decorate the windows

TIP:  I had extra icing left. I used the black to create tombstones for the yard, and the slime green to cover the board with “grass” and to create a fence. Unfortunately, I was not patient enough and broke my tombstones while removing them from the parchment paper. The fence is still intact!

STEP 4 – ENJOY!

All you have to do now, is invite your dressed up friends and wait for the oooohs and aaaahs.
completed haunted house

Giulia Taraszkiewicz Giulia is the Associate Product Manager for Gingerbread. Born a crafter, Giulia moved from Italy to the U.S. where she enthusiastically joined Wilton. She LOVES baking, decorating, crafting, cooking, family and friend gatherings, shopping, and pretty things.

5 Replies

  1. missi says:

    My nephew and I made this one afternoon when I had a migraine (not a good idea ). Unfortunately, we didn’t do a “dry run”. Two hours later, plus purple and orange counters, we had an awesome house and a great time making it. He even took it to Pre-School for Show-n-Tell. My sister says this is the first time he’s actually wanted to share something.

  2. patricia machuca says:

    I like suscribe me

  3. Dana Calhoon says:

    Thanks for coaching me through the process. When I looked at your house, I thought I can’t do that. After I read your step by step, I knew I could. Keep up the good work and please subscribe me to the Wilton blog.

  4. GOOD IDEALS , i LOVE WORKING WITH GINGER BREAD AND CHILDREN MADE GINGER BREAD HOUSES WITH CHURCH CHILDREN
    HAD A TON OF FUN

  5. Mollie says:

    My granddaughter and I made one. Had an awesome time. Now we will be getting ready for the mini gingerbread houses for Christmas.

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