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This article focuses on the first iteration of the Gingerbread House.
For the second, see Gingerbread House (Chosen).

No matter what you do, no matter how you're tempted... Don't. Eat. Anything.
—The Evil Queen to Hansel and Gretel src

The Gingerbread House is an Enchanted Forest location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the ninth episode of the first season.

The Gingerbread House is based on the location of the same name from the fairytale, "Hansel and Gretel".


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Before First Curse

TBA ("Regina Rising")

In the land of the Enchanted Forest, the Gingerbread House is the home to the Blind Witch. Of the witch's many possessions, she has a poisoned apple. Wishing to acquire the item, the Evil Queen sends siblings Hansel and Gretel to fetch it for her since the house is under a spell that keeps adults away, however, children can enter. This is because the Blind Witch is a cannibal, and she prefers to eat little boys, and normally uses the little girls as cooks or maid-servants. The house, decorated with cakes and candies, contains even more treats inside. After Hansel and Gretel go in, they see the Blind Witch asleep in a chair. Little do they know, she only awakens after a child takes a bite of one of the goodies on the table. Tempted, Hansel eats a pastry and causes the Blind Witch to stir from her sleep. Due to Gretel's intervention, the witch is locked in the oven. From her castle, the Evil Queen watches the event play out, and then sends a fireball through her magic mirror to burn the Blind Witch. Leaving the house, Hansel and Gretel take the poisoned apple and later deliver it to the Queen. ("True North")


On-Screen Notes

Production Notes

Props Notes


  • Hansel dips a finger in the a circular shaped icing on the outside of the Gingerbread House. After Gretel gives him a warning look and the camera gives a frontal angle of the house, part of the icing is missing.[5] When Gretel climbs up to peek inside the window, the icing is fully coated again.[6]


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Gonzales, Sandra (October 19, 2012). Creating the world of 'Once Upon a Time'. Entertainment Weekly. “Though the exterior seen by the audience was actually a computer-generated image based on Joy's concept art (rule of thumb: If the actors don’t interact with the set, it is often virtually constructed), the interior was a real-life ”"inside-out cake" constructed by Joy and set decorator Mark Lane. "The cookies glued to the walls are the same cookies from an earlier scene in the episode where Hansel and Gretel are [seen baking] at Mary Margaret's," Joy explains. "We're always trying to find ways to link the two worlds. The audience loves that kind of stuff."”
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