How to make a scary Halloween haunted house out of graham crackers
You know what's even better than building a graham cracker haunted house? Eating it, of course. This "home-sweet-home" comes with creepy worms, ghosts, bats and skeletons.
This house is made with cookies and candy, and there are even candy eyeball doorknobs (if you dare to enter). What's so fun about making this scary house is that it can be decorated any old way you want to. And since it's a scary house, it doesn't have to be built perfectly. Actually, non-perfection looks even better for this haunted villa.
Regular or cinnamon sugar graham crackers can be used to make the house.
Squeeze orange frosting on one of the long edges of a graham cracker, and attach it to the long edge of another graham cracker to form two "walls."
Repeat the process for the third wall.
For the fourth wall, the orange frosting will need to go on the inside edges of a graham cracker.
Add a thick line of frosting to each inside edge of the fourth graham cracker.
Then carefully attach it to the other three walls to form the base of the house.
Break a graham cracker in half, spread a line of orange frosting on an edge, and then attach it to the top of the house to form part of the roof.
Break another graham cracker in half, and gently "saw" it in half diagonally with a knife. Then turn over the other square half of the graham cracker, and cut it in half diagonally (the cracker is turned over before cutting so that the front side of the graham cracker will be on the outside of the house).
Add orange frosting to the non-cut edges of the crackers, and attach them to the side of the "roof."
Add a thick line of orange frosting to the top edges of the "roof."
Lay a whole graham cracker on top of the edges with the frosting. Carefully spread a very light layer of honey on top of the roof (not a lot, or the cracker may get soggy). Top the roof with black candy sprinkles.
Choose black licorice that are as straight as possible, and cut them to the length that matches the edges of the roof and sides of the house. Add a fairly thick line of black frosting to the back of the licorice.
Then, frosting side down, lay the licorice over the edges of the roof and sides of the house.
Dab black frosting on the backs of about six candy worms, and add them to the roof. Add half a wafer cookie to each side of the house to make a "window." Drizzle a little red blood sparkling gel over the tops of the windows.
Add a wafer cookie to the front of the house for the door. Add a candy eyeball for the doorknob, and add red blood gel to the top edge of the door.
Decorate the other sides of the house with Halloween candy figures, such as skeletons, eyeballs, tombstones, ghosts or bats. Let sit for about two hours before serving so the frosting will firm up.
Graham cracker haunted house recipe
Prep time: 40 minutes | Inactive time: 2 hours | Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes
- 2 tubes (4.25 ounces each) premade orange frosting
- 2 tubes (4.25 ounces each) premade black frosting
- 14 whole graham crackers
- 14 pieces black licorice twists
- 1 (5 ounce) package mini candy worms
- 4 strawberry wafer cookies
- 2 small candy eyeballs
- 4 large candy eyeballs
- 1 tube (3.5 ounces or smaller) red blood decorating sparkle gel (just a small portion of the tube will be used)
- Halloween candy cupcake decorations
- 1/4 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon black candy sprinkles
- Add a thick line of orange frosting to the longest edge of a whole graham cracker. Attach another whole graham cracker to the frosting to form 2 "walls" of the house.
- To another whole graham cracker, add a thick line of frosting, and attach it to the 2 walls to form a third wall.
- To another whole graham cracker, add a thick line of orange frosting on the "inside" of the cracker along each of the longest edges. Attach to the other graham crackers to form the base of the house.
- Break a whole graham cracker in half, and add a thick line of orange frosting to the edge. Attach to 1 of the top edges of the base of the house to start to form the roof.
- Break a whole graham cracker in half. Gently "saw" a diagonal cut in the middle to form a triangle.
- Repeat this process on another half of a graham cracker, only make sure to turn it over so that the front side of the cracker will be on the outside of the roof. Add a thick line of orange frosting to the uncut edges of the triangular crackers, and add them to the roof of the house.
- Add thick lines of orange frosting to all edges on top of the roof. Top with a whole graham cracker.
- Lightly and gently rub a very thin layer of honey on top of the roof, and add black candy sprinkles.
- Choose the straightest black licorice twists as possible, and cut them to the size of each edge of the roof and sides of the house.
- Add a thick layer of black frosting to each licorice twist, and attach to the edges of the roof and sides of the house.
- Dab black frosting to the back of about 6 worms, and stick them on top of the roof.
- Cut wafer cookies in half, and dab black frosting to the backs of them. Add to the sides of the house for the windows. Add a dab of black frosting to the back of a whole wafer cookie, and add it to the front of the house to make a door.
- Dab black frosting to the back of a candy eyeball, and attach it to the door.
- Decorate the sides of the house with Halloween candy cupcake decorations, such as bats, ghosts, skeletons and tombstones.
- Let sit on the counter to dry for about 2 hours before serving.