Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House

This was one of those, "I have to have it" items; a fully baked complete Halloween Gingerbread Haunted House kit from Williams-Sonoma. No infomercial was necessary to convince me that this was a cooking toy ready made for my child-like, Halloween-loving and cooking experiment tendencies. For under $20, it's one of those things you don't have to love love love in order to justify purchasing. I have a lot of those justifications that fall within my under $20 rule. If you like it and it's $5, $10 or $20 bucks, you can buy it. Small wonder that my house looks like a thrift shop!
The gingerbread house came with black and orange icing, to use as the "glue" and decorating adhesive. It also came with candy corn, pumpkin gumballs, orange sprinkles, candy bats in orange and black, two ghosts and a gingerbread headstone. A few of the items were damaged in transit but fortunately, I had some Halloween cake decorations from last year to use as additional embellishments, plus we had loads of candy pumpkins and candy corn to add to the house. Putting these houses together is not that easy, though the kit is nearly full proof, but not fool-proof. I do not have the gift of icing piping. It took three days to put the house together mostly because it takes several hours for the icing to harden and dry. With the damp and humid weather of late, the icing didn't set as quickly as it should. Also I do not have a steady and patient hand. Covering up my errors and mishaps with candy decorations hid a lot of the bad. I will not win any Food Network Gingerbread Challenges nor will I be asked to join the team of Charm City Cakes any time soon. It was a lot of fun to put together and I will definately buy one again next year, at full price too if I'm not working at the store next year. I'm hoping that they may have a Christmas version too. I learned a few lessons in what not to do and what I can do better next time. Note to self - cut a smaller hole in the icing bag and get some spray icing in a can for better piping.
Some good or not so good lighting, as the case may be, can also add to the illusion of a cute Halloween Gingerbread Haunted House. Let's just say I put this together in time for a) Halloween. It's now proudly on display in my front window, the main attraction of my South Philly Halloween Window; b) I made it so that I can show it off to the Nibblet for his (hopefully) Halloween trip home from the hospital. While I am busy going back and forth to the hospital several times each day, as I stated in my previous post, cooking and to an extent, playing with food is relaxing to me. So is decorating my window for the holidays. Hey, it keeps me in sync with my routines. Now I just have to get back to the gym and on the bike. Of course, the Nibblet will have the ultimate say in how and when that happens.

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