It was a cold mid-October evening and as much as I wanted to spend the day huddled in bed watching the wussiest Halloween features I could find, I knew it wasn't to be. Someone special was having a birthday and I was off to the bakery at my local Wal-Mart to get a cake. It wasn't that I didn't want to bake a cake, or that I was incapable of doing so, I just like how store bakeries always have those cute icing carrots on their carrot cakes. I can't compete with icing carrots.
There amongst the blueberry muffins and angel food cake was a prominent display of Haunted House Gingerbread Kits. I've never built a gingerbread house before, let alone a haunted one, but at less than $9 I just couldn't argue. I stuck it in my cart and giggled all the way to self-check-out land.
I had to wait until 3am to make the damn thing. Everyone in the house kept sulking about and I needed complete concentration to build my architectural masterpiece. Thankfully it had easy instructions that didn't leave much room for screw-ups. Icing, candy, and gingerbread pieces were all accounted for. It even came with a handy-dandy grooved tray to hold up the house with.
Now for the sweet stuff! Black and orange icing, sprinkles, jellybeans, candy corn, pumpkin gumballs, and even 3 sugar ghosts. I set the icing packs in a bowl of warm water to get nice and smooshy. I really really wanted to bite the heads off those sugar ghosts. Instead I smiled at them knowing that in the end they'd be haunting my bowels.
The first part is easy enough -- assemble the gingerbread pieces. The key is to use enough icing to make it stick, but not so much icing that you'll run out before you dot the handle on the front door. Once it's properly set, it's icing-ageddon, baby!
The problem with this kit is that the one shown on the box was obviously made with decorating tips. Decorating tips aren't supplied. If you cut a big hole in the corner of the icing bag, you're going to squirt out big globs of icing. I didn't stick the pumpkins and sprinkles on in time to get them to stick before the icing hardened. I had to improvise a bit on the decorations. Also I attempted to make the front window look like the ghost was coming out of it... but it started to melt.. and now it looks like there's an orange sock with a ghost in it on the front of the house. Not too spooky. If only I had a little "Elm Street" street sign made of sugar..
I do rather like how the edging of the roof gives the appearance that the house is melting. In a perfect world, haunted houses melt, and so do haunted gingerbread houses. All I need now is a tiny sacrifice to make the house really haunted.
Trick or Treat!