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Spooky Fun Haunted House Cookie Decorating Party for Halloween!

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Okay, so we have all heard about decorating ginger bread houses for Christmas but why haven’t we been decorating haunted houses for Halloween?! Halloween is such a fun time of year. Who is with me in thinking they’d really prefer if the celebrations were longer than a weekend or two? The more Halloween parties and activities the better!

I have decided to create these fun haunted house cookies for a “Haunted House Cookie Decorating Party.” These are so much easier than 3D gingerbread houses too! I have included some tips for how you can recreate this fun party idea, so keep reading!

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wilton 101 haunted house decorated sugar cookies

Part 1: Preparing – Gathering your Supplies, Baking the Haunted House Cookies, & Setting up your Frosting

Halloween buttercream frosting Wilton 101 haunted house sugar cookies

To host a Haunted House Cookie Decorating Party, you will want to gather:

  • 5 icing bags
  • 5 Wilton #3 tips, a couple Wilton #102 tips, a couple Wilton #1 tips, a couple Wilton #2 tips – pick these up at your favorite craft store, bake supply store, or even Walmart
  • 5 couplers
  • Wilton 101 haunted house cookie cutter that you can purchase here: Wilton 101 Cookie Cutter Set
  • Wilton gel coloring to obtain black, gray, orange, brown, and white buttercream frosting, here’s my crusting buttercream recipe
  • Your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe doubled as these are big cookies! – if you don’t have a favorite, here’s mine
  • Pointed knife to fix any errors
  • Paper towels to dry off tips between color changes

Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to your cookie dough recipe. You will want your recipe to be doubled due to the larger size of the haunted house cookie cutter in this set.

While they are cooling, whip up your frosting. To set up your frosting bags, you will place each color of frosting into their own bags, each set up with a coupler and attaching a tip #3 to it first. For instructions on how to do this, visit my page Getting Started: Learn How to Decorate Buttercream Cookies.

Part 2: Participating in the Haunted House Cookie Decorating Party!

To begin, make sure that everyone has their own haunted house cookie. Your first steps to decorating these houses will be to outline any features of the house. I chose to do mine in black but you can switch up the colors, especially if you are all sharing one bag of black frosting among each other.

If you are decorating something more detailed, use a smaller tip size (think 1 or 2) as opposed to a tip #3. In this design, I chose to outline in black frosting with the tip #2 attached.

haunted house cookie

After you have all of your house details, go ahead and color everything in. I typically used the Wilton #3 tips for filling in areas. When filling in really small areas, switch to a #1 or #2 tip.

If you are switching tips from one icing to another icing color, rinse the tip out with hot water & dry it off with a paper towel before attaching it to your new icing color. You can reference my photos for ideas on how to do this, but remember, this is your haunted house cookie so have fun being creative!

Creating a roof on your house with a tip #102 can add fun texture to your cookie. To do this design, turn your cookie upside down & position the wider part of the tip away from you. Squeeze out a bit and then continue making the same small shape from left to right, layering upon each other with each row:

haunted house cookie roof feature haunted house cookie

Here is a video tutorial on another way you can create a roof for a haunted house cookie:

Now you can go back and draw on any details that you want to add to the exterior of the house. Below is a photo of what we did with this haunted house cookie. To create the words, we switched over to a tip #1.

There are so many ways you can create these cookies! Here are a few more that were designed:

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And that’s how you throw a Haunted House Cookie Decorating Party!

Part 3: Decorate For Your Haunted House Halloween Party

To compliment your Haunted House cookies, I have a special deal for free shipping on orders $69 and up at Windy City Novelties.

Windy City Novelties has an amazing selection of haunted house party decorations, plus lots of other Halloween party supplies to chose from. Check out all of their Halloween decorations here!

I start to get excited about Halloween sometime in the summer every year and can’t help myself from checking out all the fun decor and costumes. If you love Halloween too, let me know in the comments below!

Make sure to have some spooky music or a scary movie on in the background, drink something tasty, and tell all your ghost stories!

Of course, Amazon has a great selection of party decorations as well.

Part 4: Save the Tutorial for These Decorated Haunted House Sugar Cookies

If you create these cookies for your Halloween party, let me know! Comment below, add your photo to my pins on Pinterest, or tag me on Instagram @buttercreamparties!

Make sure to check out my other decorated Halloween sugar cookies, too.

To pin this for later, select a pin image here:

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  1. I’m going to do this with my kids this year. I think they’re going to love it.

    1. Let me know how it goes! I would love to see your creations!

  2. This sounds like such a great way to celebrate Halloween! What I love about this is that any kid will enjoy it no matter what their age.

    1. You’re right! I had a ton of fun and I’m 30 so it really is adaptable to all ages. Thank you!

  3. That is so adorable. I think this is a great idea. It has all the Halloween spirit, and it gets the kids to be creative.

    1. Aww, thank you! I agree that it would be the perfect Halloween activity for kids. They need some ways to express themselves during all this COVID stuff.

  4. How cute are these! Im not the best decorator but I would definitely do these with my daughter.

    1. That sounds so fun! And thank you so much!

  5. These haunted house cookies are the cutest! I’ve always wanted to learn to decorate cookies like this.

    1. Aww, thank you! And I promise it’s not difficult! I decorated my first cookie 9 months ago. Buttercream is so much more forgiving than royal icing cookies are, plus tastier in my opinion 🙂

  6. Such a fun activity idea. A great way to keep kids entertained indoors. The same idea could be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well.

    1. Yes, this could be adapted for so many holidays! It’s always fun to decorate some cookie houses.

    1. I couldn’t imagine not celebrating Halloween! But you’re right, these would be fun cookies to make either way!

  7. Kevin Brotac says:

    My family loves Halloween! We are definitely baking some cookies this year, adding these haunted houses to our ghost and pumpkin ones!

    1. That would be a perfect addition! The more Halloween cookies the better!

  8. Oh wow. This would be funnnn! Would definitely be an awesome activity with the kids. I’m excited!

    1. Yes, I think kids would love this activity! I’m excited for all the Halloween activities this year. We need something to brighten up 2020!

  9. I love this idea, implemented for fun in the classroom! It makes the season so much more fun for the children and thus, their learning experience all the better.

    1. This would be such a great Halloween activity for the classroom! What a great idea!

  10. Kuntala Bhattacharya says:

    Oh amazing and interesting cookies. I just love the design and idea. Hope I can make them, so creative indeed.

    1. Thank you so much! The cookies are super fun to make!

  11. These cookies look great, kids always love spooky design, these are all simply brilliant.

  12. katrina Kroeplin says:

    those cookies are so great. we love decorating but i can never get them to look this good.

    1. I’m sure you could do it! It looks much more advanced than it is. Plus, it’s all about the fun, anyway!

  13. i just want to eat those cookies. LOL. a decorating party is a clever idea because you could also make it virtual to keep kids and adults safe.

    1. Eating them is one of the biggest draws to this activity! And, I agree, this could definitely be done virtually and everyone can share their designs as they go!

  14. My niece loves to bake and create food items. I think she will like Spooky Fun Haunted House Cookie activity. It sounds fun!

    1. If she decides to make these cookies, I’d love to see how they turn out!

  15. What a great alternative to going out and trick or treating this year. You have such a steady hand!

    1. Thank you! I agree that this year calls for some creativity to keep Halloween alive & fun!

  16. These look absolutely amazing! And as someone has already said, a great way to celebrate Halloween this year as we all know it’s not going to be very different than what we’re used too.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you have a Happy Halloween this year!

  17. Wow! This looks like a great party idea for this Halloween 🎃. You are so talented! I am not sure if I am talented enough to decorate anything with piping bag. I definitely need some practice in it…

    1. I believe in you! It is a fun hobby that is absolutely beginner friendly. And thank you!

  18. What a great idea! I think we will have to make it a family party this year. I also have a gingerbread train cookie press and can make a haunted train to go with this!

    1. That would be so fun! I love the idea of a haunted train!!

  19. Wow look at these cookies. Definitely Halloween worthy.

  20. This is such a great idea and the Halloween themes cookies will surely be loved by the kids.

    1. Thank you and yes, a great idea for the kids this year! Have a Happy Halloween!

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