This easy Halloween graham cracker haunted house is perfect to make with kids. They will have so much fun making these spooky Halloween towers.
DIY Chocolate Graham Cracker Haunted Houses
For years I’ve been making easy “faux gingerbread” houses with my elementary students at school for the holidays.
The basic idea is the same as a traditional gingerbread house, but the entire process is made much more kid-friendly by using graham crackers instead of baking sheets of gingerbread.
This year I decided to take that same idea, but use slightly different ingredients to make spooky haunted Halloween chocolate graham cracker houses with my own kiddos.
Whether you are making these in the classroom or at home, the trick to making this treat easy for kids is to use a milk carton as a foundation.
Inspired by the Tower of Terror at Disneyland, we decided to use one quart cartons so our haunted graham cracker houses could be super tall and extra spooky.
We also used chocolate graham crackers since they look a little more “Halloweeny” Is that a word?
How to Make Haunted Halloween Graham Cracker Houses
The first step is to gather your supplies.
You will need:
- Chocolate graham crackers
- Candies to decorate:
- A flat surface to build on (we just used paper plates)
- A sharp knife for the adults to use to cut the chocolate graham crackers.
Now it’s time to build!
Since you’re using the milk carton as a scaffold just place a bit of frosting on the back of the graham cracker to stick them on.
One of the steps that makes traditional gingerbread houses so difficult to build is trying to keep the walls together while you wait for the frosting to dry.
This method is SO much easier than trying to get the edges lined up and glued together with frosting.
As you can see, we had some spaces since the graham crackers weren’t the same size as the milk carton, so we just filled the corners with frosting and covered them with pretzels and Reese’s Pieces.
One thing that I learned during this project is that chocolate graham crackers are not scored like regular graham crackers, meaning they are all one big sheet. They aren’t perforated so that you can easily break them apart into different sizes.
That means that an adult will need a sharp knife to trim the graham crackers into the correct sizes. This was easy to do and most of the time they cut perfectly straight. You will want a sharp knife with a straight edge, not curved.
To make this project super kid-friendly and even easier, we used pre-colored tubes of squeezable frosting to draw on doors, windows and add grass and pumpkins.
My son decided to use broken pretzel sticks to make shingles for the roof.
This fun Halloween DIY kept my kids busy for over an hour and the end result was awesome.
If we did it again I would probably stock up on more Halloween themed candies to decorate the houses even more, but they turned out great with what we had.
Don’t you think?
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