Everyone knows that the fun of decorating gingerbread houses doesn’t lie in how professionally designed it turns out, but in the process itself. There might be a cookie window hanging off and the snowy roof might melt into a droopy mess on one side, sure, but each mistake is followed by a giggle and memory that makes the melted frosting fence worth it. And this year, we’re taking the family-friendly activity on the ghoulish side with haunted Halloween cookie houses that put the spook in spook-tacular.
Halloween cookie houses have started popping up all over the Internet ahead of the autumn season, and the trend is perfect for those trying to revamp Halloween this year to go way beyond trick-or-treating. (Pumpkin hunt, anyone?) There are DIY cookie cottages and monster houses that feature spiced walls and sugary orange and purple icings—graveyards, ghosts, and grim reapers, too. There’s even one made entirely of Oreo cookies. We’ll bring the milk.
These make the perfect activity to do with any young ones in the spirit of making the Halloween season feel extra special this year. It brings all the charm and cheer of nostalgic Christmas gingerbread houses to your home, but with a haunted twist. Jack-o-lanterns, witches, and black cats await—and you’re guaranteed to have a whole lot of fun along the way.
Invest in one of these pre-baked Halloween cookie houses lurking on the market as we speak. The icing might turn out droopy, and the ghouls anything but ghoulish—but that’s not what it is about anyway.
Twisted Tavern Chocolate House Cookie Kit
This lopsided haunted house has all the boo-tastic charm you could want, candy bones included.
Shop It: $4.99; target.com
Moonlit Cottage Chocolate Cookie Kit
Looking for a miniature project to do with the little ones? This spooky cottage looks cute and oh-so witchy on your kitchen counter.
Shop It: $2.99; target.com
Halloween Haunted House Kit
For a more ornate Halloween cookie house, this haunted mansion will do the trick with candy bones, bats, and classic candy corn.
Shop It: $29.95; williams-sonoma.com
Spooky Graveyard Chocolate Cookie Kit
Add onto any of your haunted cookie house with this customizable graveyard—or let it scare all on its own.
Shop It: $9.99; target.com
Oreo Spooky Graveyard Chocolate Cookie Kit
Any Oreo-obsessed shoppers will love building this ghosted graveyard as much as eating it.
Shop It: $11.99; michaels.com