Spooktacular Haunted House

Spooktacular Haunted House
Makes:
1
haunted house
Prep Time:
60
minutes
Total Time:
105
minutes
based on 25 reviews
2
This is the perfect Halloween activity to work on with the kids. When done, put it on display at your Halloween parties or for your trick-or-treaters to admire.

In this recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • House Template
  • 16 x 20-inch piece of cardboard for base, covered in colored plastic wrap
  • 2 pkgs. (16.5 oz. each) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Bar Dough
  • Royal icing (recipe follows)
  • Wooden picks
  • 1 container black paste food coloring (available at local party supply stores) or gel food coloring
  • 4 heavy-duty plastic storage bags for piping
  • WONKA LAFFY TAFFY
  • WONKA Everlasting GOBSTOPPERS
  • WONKA RUNTS
  • Spooky WONKA NERDS
  • Various sized paintbrushes for decorating
  • NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER Fun Size Candy Bars or NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER Crisp Bars, crushed
  • NESTLÉ CRUNCH Fun Size Candy Bars

Directions:

DOWNLOAD and print haunted house templates. Cut each pattern piece out. Each pattern is labeled as to the amount of each you will need (2 ends of the house, 2 sides, 2 roof pieces, etc.).

ROLL out cookie dough on floured surface with rolling pin. If it is a warm day, you may wish to freeze dough for about 15 minutes before beginning to work with it. Roll to approximately 1/4-inch thickness. Place each pattern piece on the dough and cut out with a knife around the pattern. Transfer pieces to baking sheet(s) with a large spatula. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Smaller pieces will bake faster than larger pieces. Remove from oven; cool completely on wire rack(s).

PREPARE royal icing.

PLACE half the icing in medium bowl. Place remaining icing in airtight container to keep it from drying out. Use wooden pick to transfer black paste food coloring into icing; stir to mix well. Continue to add enough food coloring until you get a nice rich black color. With a spatula spread a thin layer of black icing over all pieces of the house and allow to dry for about 30 minutes or until hard. Place remaining black icing into heavy-duty plastic storage bag; cut tiny corner from bag.

PLACE some remaining white icing into heavy-duty plastic storage bag; cut tiny corner from bag. Pipe windows with white icing on each of the sides and ends of the house (see template for placement suggestions). Have fun creating wacky-shaped windows. Allow these to dry. Once dry, roll out some Laffy Taffy with a rolling pin and cut into shutter shapes. Have fun with the shapes, they do not need to be perfectly rectangular. Make sure that you have enough pieces for each window to have two shutters. Use white icing as glue. Pipe icing next to each window, one shutter at a time and place a piece of Laffy Taffy on top to glue down. Or use the Laffy Taffy for the windows; pipe black icing over the Laffy Taffy to create windowpanes.

REFILL storage bags as necessary with white or black icing. Pipe a row of black icing down the end of each of the short side pieces of the house. Place next to the end pieces to begin to form the house. Assemble all four sides of the house on prepared cardboard base and allow to dry.

SECURE house to the cardboard base with icing to keep from sliding by piping icing around the exterior of the house at the base. Allow to dry. Once dried, assemble the roof. Pipe icing down the sides of roof pieces and the top of the short sides of the base. Place these over the base. Use a line of piping at the top of the roof to hold together. Place a glass on the inside of the house (it will not show) and on each side of the house to rest the roof pieces onto while they dry.

ASSEMBLE the small gable window in the same way that the roof was just assembled. Pipe icing around the base and place on roof.

ATTACH candies to house using white icing as glue. Use Gobstoppers for large pumpkins, Runts to make colorful windows and Spooky Nerds for walkway. Place some icing in a cup and add a little water to make a paint-like consistency; use paintbrushes to paint spiderwebs, shingles and siding on the house. Sprinkle crushed Butterfinger around house to create dirt. Paint white icing on Crunch bars to create tombstones. Pipe scary words like "BOO" or "RIP" on tombstones. Use icing to glue tombstones to board. Have fun and make it as spooky as you want.

FOR ROYAL ICING:
COMBINE
8 cups (2 lb. bag) sifted powdered sugar, 3/4 cup warm water and 6 tablespoons meringue powder (available at cook's stores) in large mixer bowl; beat for 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.


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edith graff from St. Petersbrug, FL

MADE THIS WITH MY TEN GRANDCHILDREN, WOW WHAT A TIME WE HAD, OF COURSE IT DID NOT LOOK LIKE THE ONE HERE BUT STILL IN ALL WE HAD A WOUNDERFUL TIME. AND NOW WE WILL DO THIS EACH YEAR.

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    Excited

    Jennifer Shippee from NH

    what a great idea, I can't wait to make this with my kids!

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    Spooktacular

    Sherri Bessire from Porter, TX

    I always liked looking at the traditional ginger bread houses for Christmas, but this house was an awesomely fun twist on the classic, with a halloween vibe! LOVED it!

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    Spooktacular Haunted House

    Jacky Cardin from GRAHAM, WA

    This is a great recipe it tastes great it looks good but is not for the beginner cake decorator. It's fun to make if you know what you are doing but could be a little Tricky for the Treat!

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    Easier Than I thought

    serena briese from Redmond, OR

    This recipe wasnt as hard has anticipated very fun to make with lots of thing for the kids to help with make this a family fun project for us all. the hardest part is eating the creation after the work put into it. Thank you for the fun recipe.

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    Haunted House

    Joyce McComas from HUMMELSTOWN, PA

    Kids enjoyed, when it was finished.

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    awsome

    Amber Rohrman from Houston, TX

    this was well worth the wait and the time and the work. The work seems endless at first then it starts to come together and its like just so cool to see that you made somthing so spectaculular and like if you dont like to cook i wouldnt make it because you will never finish it

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    spooktacular Haunted House

    elaine hilton from LITTLE FALLS, NJ

    This "spooky" house is sooo much fun to make! A great activity for the entire family. Make one today, it is BOOOO tiful!

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    spooktacular haunted house

    Maryann O'Neill from COATESVILLE, PA

    It was fun to make this haunted house for the kids at halloween time .

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    SPOOKY & FUN

    Deb WEITZEL from BOCA RATON, FL

    I MADE THIS WITH MY GRANDCHLDREN. IT WAS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE. THEY WERE HAPPY DOING IT & SO WAS I. IT DIDN'T LOOK MUCH LIKE THE PICTURE BUT EVERYBODY ENJOYED IT!

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    A new tradition

    Evonne Robertson from Fraser, MI

    The kids and I had a lot of fun doing this project. They also enjoyed eating the leftover candy. We gave ours to a senior home. We have decided to do this every year from now on.

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    Spooktacular Haunted House

    Jeannine Gramstad from NEWBURGH, NY

    Made for my a Halloween party Saturday night. The kids broke it apart at the end of the night. They divided pieces, ate & took the rest of home. Everyone was laughing because the the kid's mouths were black! Hey! They enjoyed it!

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    SPOOKEY

    edith graff from St. Petersbrug, FL

    MADE THIS WITH MY TEN GRANDCHILDREN, WOW WHAT A TIME WE HAD, OF COURSE IT DID NOT LOOK LIKE THE ONE HERE BUT STILL IN ALL WE HAD A WOUNDERFUL TIME. AND NOW WE WILL DO THIS EACH YEAR.

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    Challenging

    CINDY THACKER from Wooster, OH

    Though this is a challenging recipe it is well worth the effort. Your family and friends will be pleasantly surprised and the kids will have a blast helping out. Spooktacular!!!

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    Good Grief!!!

    Heather Pederson from SAFFORD, AZ

    I can't believe I never thought of this idea before! I love Gingerbread houses for Christmas but this is great! With all the stuff you can decorate a haunted house with, the kids and I had a blast doing this. I got major points with them for being so cool! We made two so my nieces could take one home! I can see us doing this every year now!

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    Spooktacular Haunted House

    Charlotte Gohl from Philadelphia, PA

    Wow. My nephews loved it. Had a lot of fun making it too!

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    amazingly simple

    tammy harkema from Janesville, CA

    i was totallly amazed by how simple this project was. i got so many compliments on it. everyone thought it was purchased or had taken me hours. loved it

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    Spooktacular Spookeasier Spookticipated!

    LOUANN SMITH from Plano, TX

    Haunted House was easier than I anticipated. Lots of patience, detail and time and spoof it was completed. Thank you Nestles for another great recipe suggestion!

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    Spooktacular Haunted House

    Shirleen Chang from HONOLULU, HI

    A fun project to do with your familly. The template was easy to follow. With Halloween candies on sale, you can decorate to your hearts content. Will use this template to create Christmas Holiday house.

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    SPOOKTACULAR HUNTED HOUSE

    jennifer shierling from watertown, NY

    MY FAMILY LOVED THIS. A LOT OF TROUBLE. BUT FUN.

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    Spooktacular Hanted House

    Beverly Jackson from Bradenton, FL

    I like the suggestion on the review from July 2006 for the Santa's workshop. Hopefully you can create something with a picture to help us create one.

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    Haunted House

    Deborah Williams from IRVING, TX

    This was so easy to put together. No one could believe it was homemade. I had to actually go to the website and prove to them the I made it. It was delicious as well.

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    The Very Best Spooky Fun

    Pat Pruitt from SPRINGDALE, AR

    I had 6 grandchildren over to make this house and what fun we had. This was more fun than our Christmas cookie decorating party we do every year. They laughed until they cried and made big messes. We really enjoyed making this house, not to say that ours was identical to yours but it does look very good. We have pictures to proove it. The boys tried to out do the girls and since it was 3 of each it made a good challenge. Now they want to do it again next year. We love these traditions and thank you for providing our last and most fun party. Wish you could have seen our youngest 3 year old. He had more frosing on him than he got on the house. It was a blast and we all say thanks for a wonderful night of fun.

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    Happy Haunting

    vicki gamma from WALDEN, NY

    I just love having my kids help me make holiday houses, such as this one. This year I have some children coming to our home for a Halloween party and this will be a great activity!

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    Holiday favorite!

    Jan Wilkins from BLYTHEVILLE, AR

    I like making these houses, and it one is so easy. We held an Open House at our new Kindergarten Center the night before enrollment. I made this & changed it to a School House for the main table center piece. It was fun....everyone loved it! The next day they served it during enrollment and the kids got such a Hoot out of eating the school! I think it would also be cute as "Santa's Workshop" during the holidays.

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    Spooktacular Haunted House

    JIM APLIN from ORLANDO, FL

    Made this for the Lab @ the local va clinic for a Halloween decoration. It only lasted 1 1/2 days. It was eaten by the vampire crew before lunch on halloween day.

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    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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    Spooktacular Haunted House

    Ingredients

    • House Template
    • 16 x 20-inch piece of cardboard for base, covered in colored plastic wrap
    • 2 pkgs. (16.5 oz. each) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Bar Dough
    • Royal icing (recipe follows)
    • Wooden picks
    • 1 container black paste food coloring (available at local party supply stores) or gel food coloring
    • 4 heavy-duty plastic storage bags for piping
    • WONKA LAFFY TAFFY
    • WONKA Everlasting GOBSTOPPERS
    • WONKA RUNTS
    • Spooky WONKA NERDS
    • Various sized paintbrushes for decorating
    • NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER Fun Size Candy Bars or NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER Crisp Bars, crushed
    • NESTLÉ CRUNCH Fun Size Candy Bars

     

    Directions

    DOWNLOAD and print haunted house templates. Cut each pattern piece out. Each pattern is labeled as to the amount of each you will need (2 ends of the house, 2 sides, 2 roof pieces, etc.).

    ROLL out cookie dough on floured surface with rolling pin. If it is a warm day, you may wish to freeze dough for about 15 minutes before beginning to work with it. Roll to approximately 1/4-inch thickness. Place each pattern piece on the dough and cut out with a knife around the pattern. Transfer pieces to baking sheet(s) with a large spatula. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Smaller pieces will bake faster than larger pieces. Remove from oven; cool completely on wire rack(s).

    PREPARE royal icing.

    PLACE half the icing in medium bowl. Place remaining icing in airtight container to keep it from drying out. Use wooden pick to transfer black paste food coloring into icing; stir to mix well. Continue to add enough food coloring until you get a nice rich black color. With a spatula spread a thin layer of black icing over all pieces of the house and allow to dry for about 30 minutes or until hard. Place remaining black icing into heavy-duty plastic storage bag; cut tiny corner from bag.

    PLACE some remaining white icing into heavy-duty plastic storage bag; cut tiny corner from bag. Pipe windows with white icing on each of the sides and ends of the house (see template for placement suggestions). Have fun creating wacky-shaped windows. Allow these to dry. Once dry, roll out some Laffy Taffy with a rolling pin and cut into shutter shapes. Have fun with the shapes, they do not need to be perfectly rectangular. Make sure that you have enough pieces for each window to have two shutters. Use white icing as glue. Pipe icing next to each window, one shutter at a time and place a piece of Laffy Taffy on top to glue down. Or use the Laffy Taffy for the windows; pipe black icing over the Laffy Taffy to create windowpanes.

    REFILL storage bags as necessary with white or black icing. Pipe a row of black icing down the end of each of the short side pieces of the house. Place next to the end pieces to begin to form the house. Assemble all four sides of the house on prepared cardboard base and allow to dry.

    SECURE house to the cardboard base with icing to keep from sliding by piping icing around the exterior of the house at the base. Allow to dry. Once dried, assemble the roof. Pipe icing down the sides of roof pieces and the top of the short sides of the base. Place these over the base. Use a line of piping at the top of the roof to hold together. Place a glass on the inside of the house (it will not show) and on each side of the house to rest the roof pieces onto while they dry.

    ASSEMBLE the small gable window in the same way that the roof was just assembled. Pipe icing around the base and place on roof.

    ATTACH candies to house using white icing as glue. Use Gobstoppers for large pumpkins, Runts to make colorful windows and Spooky Nerds for walkway. Place some icing in a cup and add a little water to make a paint-like consistency; use paintbrushes to paint spiderwebs, shingles and siding on the house. Sprinkle crushed Butterfinger around house to create dirt. Paint white icing on Crunch bars to create tombstones. Pipe scary words like "BOO" or "RIP" on tombstones. Use icing to glue tombstones to board. Have fun and make it as spooky as you want.

    FOR ROYAL ICING:
    COMBINE
    8 cups (2 lb. bag) sifted powdered sugar, 3/4 cup warm water and 6 tablespoons meringue powder (available at cook's stores) in large mixer bowl; beat for 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

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