DIY Graham Cracker Haunted Houses are a fun fall craft the whole family can enjoy.
Try this endlessly creative craft. It’s loads of fun to do with kids.
Kids love to do freeform crafting like this. With candy. What can go wrong? They will enjoy decorating and eating the haunted house.
And with a bit more artistic flare a grown up or teen can use these ideas to create a fun table centerpiece for a Halloween party.
This royal icing works fantastic.
The houses, once set, are solid as a rock.
Various Graham Cracker House Ideas for Kids:
I had the pleasure of doing this craft originally with three of my grand girls. We started at the dollar store choosing candy. Always a good start to a day with kids. 🙂
DIY Graham Cracker Haunted Houses: The Process for the kids
Four year old Mylaina had a blast decorating her pumpkin patch and adding a few doo dads on the house.
Then she directed, as Grandma finished covering the house in candy, at the wave of Lainy’s magical finger.
Mylaina wanted her house totally covered in candy with a scary monster chimney. She told me after it was finished, it was so scary she couldn’t look at that monster!
Now, Aliyah, our seven year old, did her house all by herself. She even constructed her house.
Aliyah went for an elegant, minimalist look, complete with a witch chimney and candy corn spikes on the roof line!
They loved styling their houses and eating the leftovers. This is a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids. This is both a process craft and something fun the kids can create, show off and eat.
Our Latest Graham Cracker Haunted House:
Kayti and I decided to update our haunted house design this year. We went with a square house with a flat roof section and a gable.
This allowed us to easily set ghosts on the roof and gave us more surface area for decorating. It is quite simple to construct. The video shows you exactly how we made this house.
Tips For DIY Graham Cracker Haunted Houses:
FOR THE BASE:
Use a sturdy tray or other solid base so your house will not collapse when moved.
The (Glue)Royal Icing:
- Load the royal frosting into a piping bag with a circle tip and use that for gluing the pieces together.
- The icing will make thick seams. Use your finger to run down the seams to smooth them out if desired.
Constructing the House:
You’ll need about one sleeve of graham crackers per house for these little houses. More for larger constructions like the one we did in our video (2 to 3 sleeves).
Use a knife to cut the house gable ends to fit the Gable roof end angle. The thing is, different brands of grahams are shaped differently. So you’ll have to put on your engineers hat and figure it out. We used Honey Maid brand crackers.
I could NOT find chocolate grahams in the store. So we used regular grahams. Chocolate grahams are fun for a haunted house if you can find them.
Haunted House Yard:
- We made a pumpkin patch with candy on one side of the house. A Cemetery on the other.
- For the decorating glue we just used canned frosting and added color to it. You can use the royal icing for this but it will not be quite as workable after 30 minutes or so.
- The house will need some set up time after construction. 10 to 20 minutes before decorating will ensure the house joints are strong enough to withstand decorating.
Suggested Haunted House Candy decorations:
- Candy corn
- Large Marshmallows for monsters (with added eyeballs and?)
- twizzlers for accents and fencing
- Mike N Ikes
- Scary eyeballs
- witches hats
- Reeses Ghosts
- Fall candy sprinkles
- Other Halloween motif candy as available.
Look for what your local stores have. We have linked some items to Amazon is you need items and cannot find them locally.
An easy homemade icing glue for this DIY Haunted Graham Cracker Project and any gingerbread house you may want to tackle.
Royal Icing Ingredients
- 3 Large egg whites
- 4 3/4 Cups Powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
Graham Cracker House
- Graham Crackers (amount determined by house design) Chocolate Grahams are a great choice if available
- Betty Crocker Canned Frosting-vanilla
- Food Colorings (as desired)
- Reeces Ghosts
- Big Orange Marshmallows (for monsters)
- Candy eye balls (for monsters, ect))
- Assorted Halloween Candies
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal (for roofing)
- Black writing gel(for details)
- Oreo Mint cookies-crushed (for dirt and moss)
- Further decorations as desired
This icing is perfect for glueing the house pieces together. It sets VERY strong so use it as soon as you make it.
- In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer at medium speed.
- Add powdered sugar in small amounts, mixing well on high speed after each addition.
- Beat on high speed 4-5 minutes until mixture thickens.
- Put the icing into a piping bag with a circle tip.
- Use as needed to cement the foundation and all seams of your house. (watch video)
The Haunted House:
We created a video, Linked below, to walk you through how we made our latest haunted house.
Here are some Tips:
- place your house on a strong foundation surface. We used a ceramic tray with a silicone mat.
- Use support for the roof (shown on video) or it may collapse.
- Ideas for house yard include graveyard, pumpkin patch and scary monsters, ghosts (and other ghouly creatures)
Feel free to create your own personal house design and let your kids help with all the decorations.
Amount Per Serving Calories 293Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 80mgCarbohydrates 67gFiber 1gSugar 60gProtein 2g
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