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Gingerbread House
Enchanted Forest Location
General Information
Status: Unknown
Character Affiliations
Owner: Blind Witch
  • Blind Witch †
Show Information
Appears in: "True North"
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No matter what you do, no matter how you're tempted... Don't. Eat. Anything.

—The Evil Queen to Hansel and Gretel

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 a location of the same name from the fairytale, "Hansel and Gretel".


Before First Curse

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")


Production Notes

  • The Gingerbread House's exterior was a computer generated-image based on show production designer Michael Joy's concept sketches. The interior, however, was a real-life "inside-out cake" constructed by Michael Joy and set decorator Mark Lane.[1]

Props Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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