Edible Halloween Decorations: How to Make a Haunted House

by Stephanie Yankova

Most of us make gingerbread houses for Christmas, and for the night of fright,  you can conjure up a similar, sinister version. At this point, you’re probably familiar with edible Halloween decorations from sausages, pasta, and vegetables for the party buffet. But a really special eye-catcher would be a unique haunted house for which you can make the individual elements all by yourself. How is it done exactly? Let’s find out!

You don’t have to be a baking pro to make a hauntedcake house. It doesn’t necessarily have to be eaten either, in case you find it too precious. But you still may not want to keep it until next year.

Edible Halloween Decorations: Baking a Haunted House

cut out fondant windows doors paint with food pens scary halloween house

If you want to recreate this table decoration for Halloween yourself, first prepare the dough from which you will bake the “masonry” for the spooky house. Then you cut the elements and assemble everything. Here’s everything you’re going to need:


  • 225 g butter
  • 100 g muscovado sugar + 2 tablespoons (this type of sugar makes for a darker dough)
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 240 g flour
  • 100 g dark cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Prepare the dough

prepare the dough for edible decorations for halloween cut and bake

In order to make this edible Halloween decoration, first you’ll need to prepare all the separate elements:

  • Using a hand blender, first, mix the butter with the sugar. Avoid mixing too long, because then the pastry could become more fragile and fall apart later.
  • Add the egg and the vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour with the cocoa and salt.
  • Add the butter mixture and stir to make a smooth dough. There should be no chunks of butter left.
  • If the dough is too dry and crumbly, you can add a tablespoon or two of cold water. In case it gets too sticky, add more cocoa.
  • Place the dough between two sheets of baking paper and roll it out.
  • Let the dough rest for half an hour.
  • Take any haunted house template (you can use a classic gingerbread house template or one of ours that we’ve included below), cut it out, and place it on the rolled-out dough.
  • Trace the outline with a knife or a pizza roller. You can also work freehand.
  • From the leftover dough, you can cut/shape smaller elements like trees, skeletons, or simple cookies.
  • Place the elements on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 175 degrees.
  • Once they’re done, put them aside to cool.

Read also: Halloween Cupcake Decorating: Delicious Mummies, Ghosts, Bats, and More! (+ Free Templates)

Assembling the Haunted House

instruction for haunted house to eat as table decoration for the party

Now all that’s left to do is assemble and decorate the Halloween haunted house!

  • Prepare icing to glue the individual elements together. Melted chocolate is also suitable.
  • Apply it using a piping bag.
  • Assemble the house directly on a suitable base, for example, on a piece of cardboard or a cake plate.
  • You can decorate the finished house with frosting (homemade if possible), which you can color in Halloween colors of your choice.
  • Cut out the necessary elements such as windows and doors from yellow fondant. Dampen them a little on the back so that they can be adhered to the house.

Read also: Healthy Halloween Treats: 3 Simple Gluten-Free Recipe Ideas Your Kids Will Be Obsessed With!

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Make a Mini Edible Haunted House

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Use These Free Printable Templates

free template horror house print out

diy edible horror house free template

Spooky Homemade Halloween Haunted House Decoration Idea

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Edible Witch House 

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Read also: Halloween Charcuterie Board: These Spooky Snack Plates Are Perfect for Your Party!

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