In 2003 we attempted our first Halloween mansion in gingerbread. Usually we build houses at Christmas.
What made this Mansion a bit different was that I LOADED it with candy. Not a blank space on the sucker. It makes it a lot more interesting to look at. CREEPTASTIC.
Also, Halloween candy is really limited, believe it or not. You kinda wanna keep it dark and spooky-like, so bright candies are pretty much out. We used a lot of pretzels and dark licorice in this one.
Sunflower seeds also are really good for ‘creep-factor’. Also, we used fruit roll ups to do the windows. Way easier than melting lifesavers. Just use royal icing to ‘glue’ the fruit roll ups on the inside of the house BEFORE assembly.
The mansion came out really well, it’s HUGE. About 14″ tall by 10″ wide. And it weighs a TON with all that candy piled on. I also made some tiny houses to take to my kid’s school and to my office.
Christmas houses are definitely more fun and colorful, but this was a good experiment.