today, we did another fun activity the girls like to do every halloween--a spooky take on the gingerbread house! there are so many possibilities with all the cool seasonal candies out there. anyway, we don't always get to it, and we ran out of time last year, so it was a must do this year!
these two sweet mansions are my girls. i wish i'd remembered to take a picture of the decorating in progress. we ended up with three other neighborhood girls creating with us and we made quite a mess of candy and wrappers. the more the merrier, right? or spookier in this case! in addition to candy, the houses are constructed with graham crackers and royal icing. i prefer to use chocolate graham crackers for these, but the store i went to didn't have them, so we added the oreo crisps for a bit of a darker shade--they made great shingles and windows. some other good ideas we've used in the past are square pretzels, stick pretzels, chocolate necco wafers, skull suckers, etc. there really so many possibilities--i always have fun wandering up and down the candy and snack aisles looking for new building accessories. the candy corn pumpkins are always top on my list and this year, i love the peeps ghosts and jack o'lanterns. we just may have to make some peeps s'mores with the extras!