"A small gingerbread house sat in between two large trees. White frosting covered its pointed roof, gumdrops were clumped around like shrubbery, and candy canes lined the path to the front door like a picket fence."
Conner, knowing the story of Hansel and Gretel, does not want to go there, but Alex wants to see it. The witch comes out and tries to trick them to come inside, planning to eat them. Using his wit and logic, Conner tricks her into granting them a wish and wishes she becomes a vegetarian. She then no longer wants to eat them and lets them go free.
In the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, the famous fairy tale characters Hansel and Gretel also encounter a witch living in a gingerbread house. It is unclear if this is the same witch; though Gretel appears as a character in A Grimm Warning, she does not mention how they escaped the witch. (In the Grimm's version, the witch is killed and therefore could not be the one Alex and Conner meet)
- ↑ TLOS I, ch 6, p. 112