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DIY Graham Cracker Haunted Houses

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.

Graham Cracker Haunted House
Our Latest Graham Cracker House design

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. 🙂

Graham Cracker House With Royal Icing. Recipe For Royal Icing Included
Graham cracker house with royal icing
Diy Graham Cracker Haunted House. Kids Love This Project. Royal Icing Recipe Included.
Aliyah’s DIY Graham Cracker Haunted House

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.

Lainy's Pumkin Patch. Kids Love This Project!
Lainy making her pumpkin patch

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!

Lainy's Diy Graham Cracker Haunted House. Kids Love This Project.
Lainy’s haunted house was so scary she couldn’t look at it 🙂

Now, Aliyah, our seven year old, did her house all by herself. She even constructed her house.

House Decoration
Aliyah carefully decorated her house

Aliyah went for an elegant, minimalist look, complete with a witch chimney and candy corn spikes on the roof line!

Diy Grahamcrackerhaunted Houses. Kids Love This Project. Royal Icing Recipe Included.
DIY Graham Cracker Haunted Houses

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.

Graham Cracker Haunted House
Oreo Mint Cookies make great mossy dirt for the flat roof and yard.

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.

Graham Cracker Haunted House
Top down view of the haunted house yard we did. Pumpkin patch and graveyard with ghosts and monsters.

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.
Graham Cracker Haunted House
Large orange marshmallows with candy eyes are fun monsters. The graveyard headstones are from halloween sprinkles.

Suggested Haunted House Candy decorations:

  • Candy corn
  • Large Marshmallows for monsters (with added eyeballs and?)
  • pumpkins
  • twizzlers for accents and fencing
  • skittles
  • M&M
  • Mike N Ikes
  • Scary eyeballs
  • monsters
  • 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.

Graham Cracker Haunted House
Yield: 1 Graham cracker house

DIY Haunted Graham Cracker House

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

An easy homemade icing glue for this DIY Haunted Graham Cracker Project and any gingerbread house you may want to tackle. 

Ingredients

Royal Icing Ingredients

  • 3 Large egg whites
  • 4 3/4 Cups Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar

Graham Cracker House

Instructions

Royal Icing:

This icing is perfect for glueing the house pieces together. It sets VERY strong so use it as soon as you make it.

  1. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer at medium speed. Mixing Icing For Graham Cracker Haunted House
  2. Add powdered sugar in small amounts, mixing well on high speed after each addition.
  3. Beat on high speed 4-5 minutes until mixture thickens. Icing For Assembling Graham Cracker Haunted House
  4. Put the icing into a piping bag with a circle tip. Foundation For Graham Cracker Haunted House
  5. 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:

  1. place your house on a strong foundation surface. We used a ceramic tray with a silicone mat.
  2. Use support for the roof (shown on video) or it may collapse.
  3. 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.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 293Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 80mgCarbohydrates 67gFiber 1gSugar 60gProtein 2g

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sarah

Saturday 2nd of December 2017

that is super cute and This is so creative,

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Thursday 29th of October 2015

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Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

What a cute spin on a Christmas craft. I've never seen a "gingerbread" house done for anything but Christmas. This is so creative. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - hope to see you again this weekend.

homemadefoodjunkie

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

Thank you Chelsea. The kids loved this craft!

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