One thing that worked was the skull wreath. I used a couple of the hard crappy mini gumdrops that came with the other house, so it’s not as full as I would’ve liked, but I think it looks good for a first run. Also on the skull I just scored the teeth with a knife and then dusted it with sugar to make them stand out, that worked out as well.
The last thing I’d like to mention is the tree. I completely winged that and it’s still standing so I’ll consider it a success. I mixed 3.5 oz. of chocolate with about 2 cups of pretzel sticks and laid them out like so on wax paper. Next time I will make sure I shore up the bottom and the side in a straighter line, to give the pieces a snugger fit. If the tree isn’t going to be viewed from all sides you could get away with just three sections. So after the chocolate hardened, I melted another ounce of chocolate in a small plastic freezer bag, snipped a corner and piped it on the four long sides to fuse them together. I also add some of those fabulous icicles, which I am now famous for (in my own mind), and sha-zam, spooky winter tree.
You’ve seen my fumbling attempt, now take a look at this zombie inspired work of art.