Well, yes, it's still Halloween at my place because I am still working on finishing this gingerbread house! Don't ask why it has taken so long ... it's a long story of forced procrastination.
So I wanted to make a couple witches resembling the size and shape of my cardstock mock-up at left. After rolling and baking some dough into this shape with less-than-wonderful results, I settled on the obvious choice for the base -- an inverted ice cream cone. I cut down the cone, baked gingerbread for the ringed area forming the base of the hat, whipped up some royal icing, tinted it black, watered it down to the consistency of paint, and I was in business. Next, I fashioned some cats and bats from black fondant and licorice. They're getting some eerie yellow eyes and then they'll be ready to stick onto the structure. More to come.