Black fingers, green lips and black icing covered cheeks smiled for the camera as we spent time assembling our first Halloween gingerbread house of the season. It was a quick decision, made after Sunday brunch at-home as a way to kick off some Halloween celebrations with the kids.
Jamie was a trooper, official appointed to assemble the house while I tried to hold it together so it wouldn’t break for the third time that morning. Though Violet was more interested in the bubble wrap packaging at first, I was excited when she took some interest and helped to decorate (aka, suck the sugar off of the gum drops before applying them to the house).
Tip: We bought our Halloween house last year at Michaels on clearance for $2. Shop after the holidays and you’re going to find the best deals. When you’re shopping for a Halloween Gingerbread house this year, for next, choose powdered icing – it’s going to last with ease into next year. After all, it’s not like anyone actually eats the stale-countertop-gingerbread, right?
It was the perfect morning. One of those mornings where your insides are beaming because you realise just how lucky you are to have everything that you have. A perfect, simple morning.
What I Learned from the Halloween Gingerbread House
- We aren’t going to win any Gingerbread house decorating contests in the near future
- Candy ‘eyeballs’ are really, really gross
- Gumdrops are to be sucked clean of the sugar before applied to the house
- I appreciate that the Costco gingerbread house we got last year was pre-assembled (after all, decorating is the fun part)
- Black icing gets everywhere and calls for an ‘everyone is getting locked in the bathroom it’s family shower time’. Just don’t let the kids touch anything on the way to the shower
- Bubble wrap is more exciting than decorating, to an eighteen month old
- and of course, I was reminded that the kids have an incredible, hands-on dad
Creating a gingerbread house is going to become a part of our Halloween traditions. They’re going to go up there with pizza, wine and friends on Halloween night, an annual Halloween party for the kids and the spooky flashlight ghost stories on the living room floor the week before Halloween.