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Gingerbread house making and decorating has found its way into the month of October. What a fun Halloween craft idea to do with kids! Whether you choose to make everything from scratch or select from the fun Halloween gingerbread house kits in stores, it will be spooky fun! You really can’t go wrong either way. A fun day is ahead when you plan on making Halloween gingerbread houses with kids!!!
The Basics of Gingerbread Houses ~
You must first decide if you are going to make gingerbread cookies from scratch or use an alternative ingredient, such as graham crackers. Either way you choose to go is great and may be dictated by what your family likes. Obviously, if you are making gingerbread cookies, you will need to do that ahead of time. Here is a GREAT gingerbread cookie recipe for you to print out! Create some extra family fun by having the kids throw on their aprons and do the baking with you!
What You Will Need ~
Plan ahead on what toppings you want to have available. You may already have some great ideas on what will be included, but if help is needed, here are some festive ideas:
- candy corn
- pumpkins or jelly pumpkins
- candy eyeballs
- baking chips in several flavors (chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch)
- M & M’s (holiday ones are a plus!)
- chocolate kisses
- candy skeleton bones
- various colors of icing in tubes or plastic bags
- candy buttons
Here are some handy links to some of the items that are a bit harder to find in the stores:
The “Glue” ~
Next, you need to decide what you want to use for the “glue.” Probably the most popular option is icing. You can make your own or use store bought. Be careful to not use a super creamy icing, as it is harder to make things stick! Another option is burnt sugar. I love Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s post on this, which includes the directions for burnt sugar. Check out Mel’s Kitchen Cafe post on haunted houses using burnt sugar! *Might I suggest you save this recipe from her post as well.
Plan Ahead for Making Gingerbread Houses ~
Plan ahead and have all of your ingredients set out in bowls for everyone to easily reach. It also helps the kids get their creative juices flowing when they can see all of the items they have to work with out in front of them. Of course, it makes it even more fun if you serve a fun Halloween drink in a festive cup to enjoy while they are building.
Remember, the idea is not perfection when you are making these works of art with your kids. The fun is in letting them make decisions and then you all get to enjoy it together! Just have FUN making Halloween gingerbread houses with your kids!