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Pumpkin Dirt Pudding (Graveyard Parfaits)

Liven up your Halloween party with these crowd pleasing Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard Parfaits.

Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard Parfaits | #pumpkin #Halloween #recipe

The church I went to as a kid had epic Sunday potlucks once a month. It was always my favorite Sunday. I’d sit anxiously all throughout the service as the smells of cheesy casseroles and lasagnas and crockpot meatballs filled the sanctuary. As soon as the final AMEN crossed the pastor’s lips, all of the kids rushed to get in line for the food. There were always dishes we looked forward to– Aunt Betty’s Chicken and Noodles, hashbrown cheesy potatoes, taco salad, and all sorts of unidentifiable dishes lurking under a cover of melted cheese.

Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard Parfaits | #pumpkin #Halloween #recipe

But the real rush was for dessert. At the end of the food line sat an entire table dedicated to the sweet stuff. There were chocolate chip cookies and custard pies, fudgy brownies, and cherry delight. But we only wanted one thing: dirt pudding. A mixture of crumbled Oreos and creamy chocolate pudding, dirt pudding is pretty much every kid’s dream. For potlucks, it was often piled into a plastic flower pot and finished with Oreo “dirt”, gummy worms, and a big plastic flower for effect.

It. was. awesome.

I’ve shared the recipe for classic Dirt Pudding before. But with Halloween right around the corner, I decided it was time to update this dessert and give it a spooky fall makeover.

Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard Parfaits | #pumpkin #Halloween #recipe

First step? Pumpkinize it! Obviously. This pumpkin pudding is as easy as tossing a can of evaporated milk, a can of pumpkin puree, and a box of instant vanilla pudding into the mixture then blending it until creamy. I added a little cinnamon to bring out the flavors then stirred in some Cool Whip to make it nice and fluffy. Guys? There is a time and place for instant pudding and Cool Whip. This is one of those times.

Second step? Messy, crumbly, filthy dirt! (AKA: Delicious bits of crushed Oreos)

Third step? Tombstones. Have you ever noticed how much Milano cookies look like tombstones? Yeah, me neither. Until I saw these Fudgy Graveyard Brownies over at Picky Palate. Eerie isn’t it? A little bit of melted chocolate and a plastic baggie is all you need to pipe a few creepy “RIP”s on the stones.

Last but not least? Parfait it! Of course, there’s nothing particularly Halloweenish about parfaits, except that they’re awesome and infinitely more adorable than giant bowls of pudding.

Pumpkin Dirt Pudding Graveyard Parfaits | #pumpkin #Halloween #recipe

As cute as these little guys are, the best part about them is the taste. Pumpkin and Oreos are a surprisingly delightful combination. Except reaaaaally, it’s not surprising at all. Pumpkin spiced pudding and chocolatey cookies? This stuff was bound to be good.

I’m so excited to see all the other Halloween recipes my fellow Sunday Supper contributors came up with this week. Whether you’re looking for creepy, cooky, fun, or just plain delicious ideas for your Halloween party, you’re sure to find them in the list below!

Pumpkin Dirt Pudding (Graveyard Parfaits)

Prep Time 20 minsPrep Time
Cook Time
Total Time 20 mins Total Time
Yields 8


  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (1 3/4 cup)
  • 1 (5 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 an 8 oz container cool whip
  • 1 package oreos, crushed
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 Milano cookies
  • Handful chocolate chips


    For the pudding:

    1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine evaporated milk, pumpkin puree, and pudding, and beat until mixture is smooth and well combined, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. Stir in cinnamon and the cool whip. Refrigerate mixture until ready to serve.
    2. In a bowl, combine melted butter and crushed Oreos. Set aside until ready to serve.

    For the RIP cookies:

    1. Line the Milano cookies up on a baking sheet or wax paper.
    2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave then place it in a plastic bag. Cut a teensy tiny hole in the corner of the plastic bag then push the chocolate to the corner.
    3. Use the melted chocolate to write out RIP on the top of each of the cookies. Allow to dry.
    4. To serve, layer Oreos in the bottom of the glasses. Spoon pudding to about ΒΎ of the way full then finish with another layer of Oreos. Stake the Milano cookies in the pudding mixture, with the RIP on top. **This will serve different amounts depending on how big your glasses are. This will be enough for 8 juice size glasses or 4 large drinking glasses.


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    • Happy Baking Days October 27, 2013, 7:21 AM

      These are so creative, I love them! They would be perfect at the end of a Halloween meal. Pinning!

    • Liz October 27, 2013, 7:48 AM

      What darling parfaits! Perfect for Halloween!!!

    • Kathia Rodriguez October 27, 2013, 8:13 AM

      This are perfect, delicious looking parfaits. Thank you for sharing

    • supperforasteal October 27, 2013, 9:51 AM

      These are so cute, perfect for a Halloween party.

    • Family Foodie October 27, 2013, 9:57 AM

      What a fun idea…. so cute they could even be used as a centerpiece!

    • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom October 27, 2013, 10:39 AM

      Chocolate and pumpkin…a perfect combination. Love the topping.

    • Jennifer Drummond October 27, 2013, 10:48 AM

      Ohhhh, these look adorable! I just love them! What a great combo of flavors!!! I can see these on a Halloween buffet table!! I think I would eat about two of them! Maybe more? πŸ˜‰

    • littleredkitchen October 27, 2013, 11:04 AM

      I remember my first dirt pudding with the gummy worms inside! It was awesome, but I love the colors on yours and the pumpkin pudding definitely breaks up all the chocolateness going on.

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 27, 2013, 1:13 PM

        You’re right. My hubby loves the all chocolate version, but I really liked this for a change.

    • Kim October 27, 2013, 11:24 AM

      I’m not usually a pudding fan, but I LOVE dirt pudding. I love your Halloween twist on it! (And I almost bought Milanos to make tombstones, too. Great minds, eh?)

    • Shaina Wizov October 27, 2013, 11:40 AM

      I loved making dirt as a kid! This is such an awesome idea for Halloween. I love all of the flavors you’ve put together! Yummmmm

    • Megan Wood October 27, 2013, 11:46 AM

      Seriously, how cute are these!!! I am pinning now πŸ™‚

    • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious October 27, 2013, 12:06 PM

      Beautiful presentation!

    • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 27, 2013, 12:08 PM

      They look so tempting, no wonder you all wanted them! A recipe to try soon!

    • Ruthy October 27, 2013, 12:14 PM

      I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at Milano cookies the same way again! Dirt cake was always one of my favorites when I was a kid, too (although I wish my church’s potlucks were as awesome as your sound) and I haven’t had it in years!

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 27, 2013, 1:11 PM

        I know, right?! So funny. I’d like to think my tastes are more refined than they were 15 years ago, but let’s be honest, I still go nuts over a giant bowl of pudding and Oreos.

    • Tara October 27, 2013, 12:18 PM

      Great dessert for Halloween, love the RIP cookies!!!

    • Nicole Humphrey Cook October 27, 2013, 1:53 PM

      I love these! I love what you did with them, so cute!! And yum! Love oreo’s, munching on a few with my coffee right now. πŸ™‚

    • Laura Dembowski October 27, 2013, 1:57 PM

      Dirt is so yummy! I made it last year with homemade vanilla pudding and candy corn oreos. OMG! Love the addition of pumpkin too.

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 28, 2013, 9:46 AM

        I’ve never made the dish with from scratch pudding, but I’m sure it takes it to the next level!

    • Heather S-G October 27, 2013, 3:18 PM

      These look delicious! I love the use of pumpkin to make it extra Halloweeny (with the orange and black). Okay, another must-make added to my long list…

    • The Ninja Baker October 27, 2013, 5:02 PM

      I want to go to your church, Courtney! Thank you for this fantastic pumpkin parfait recipe. My inner child (we talk like that in California) is jumping up and down with joy =) P.s. I’m a huge Cool Whip fan.

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 28, 2013, 9:47 AM

        You’re always welcome! πŸ™‚ Have you tried the Cool Whip Frosting? I’m usually not a big fan of storebought frostings, but holy moly is that stuff good!

        • The Ninja Baker October 29, 2013, 8:24 PM

          I’ve been hesitant to buy the Cool Whip Frostings. But with your endorsement you can bet I’m going to be digging my spoon into the stuff to taste – I mean – frost my cakes =)

    • Sarah R October 27, 2013, 7:46 PM

      Yuuuum! The fam would love this

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons October 27, 2013, 11:50 PM

      This post made me laugh out loud. I love how everything at the potluck lurked under a cloak of cheese πŸ™‚

      I’m digging everything about these parfaits, but definitely the Milano gravestones. Bravo!

    • Stacy October 28, 2013, 11:18 AM

      Milanos are perfect tombstones, Courtney! How have I never noticed that before now? I love the flavors you’ve got going here. As for the potlucks, the casseroles hidden with melted cheese are always my favorites. There can never be too much cheese.

    • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 28, 2013, 3:05 PM

      So adorable!

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 28, 2013, 4:45 PM

        Thanks so much! I thought so too..even though I felt a little weird calling a graveyard adorable. πŸ˜‰

    • Renee Dobbs October 28, 2013, 4:17 PM

      I have plenty of memories of church potlucks too. I even have a couple of church cookbooks where they printed all the recipes. Dirt pudding (or sometimes called dirt cake) was a main feature. Love it and how you made it so fun for Halloween.

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 29, 2013, 11:35 AM

        I’m glad other people have such good memories of church potlucks. The cookbooks from my church are some of my favs!

    • mommasangelbaby October 28, 2013, 5:29 PM

      I love the milano cookie-tombstones! What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing on #SundaySupper

    • Angie | Big Bear's Wife October 28, 2013, 8:46 PM

      So awesome and so easy! I love the little tombstones!

    • Cindys Recipes October 28, 2013, 10:08 PM

      Pumpkin and oreos sound too good together. Milanos are my fav though.

    • Jennie @themessybakerblog October 29, 2013, 9:07 AM

      These are the cutest!

    • Jane's Adventures in Dinner October 29, 2013, 11:07 AM

      So adorable! I can imagine a little kiddo that would dive right into these.

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 29, 2013, 11:34 AM

        I’m sure they would! And they’d have the orangey, cookie crumb face to prove it! πŸ™‚

    • Bobbi Renee Hass-Burleson November 1, 2013, 6:11 PM

      Hehehe we used to do something like this when I was little and put fake flowers in it. I like your version better!!

    • Mariam September 24, 2015, 1:45 PM

      This is such a great recipe! It was so great that I included it in my “Best Halloween Party Desserts” post that just went up. Check it out! I think guests of any halloween party will love your dessert!

      The Petite Bijou

    • Lindsay McCole October 29, 2015, 4:58 PM

      do you cook the pudding or just throw in the dry mix?

    • Mary Iliopoulos October 25, 2016, 9:19 AM

      Do you think if I doubled the recipe that I could make a graveyard in a cake pan. I’m not really wanting to individualize the servings.

      • Courtney October 25, 2016, 11:38 AM

        You can definitely do that Mary! This recipe will fill an 8 inch pan, doubled should be plenty for a 9 x 13.

    • Laurie October 18, 2017, 5:48 PM

      Hi there! I need to use organic pudding, and they did not have it in instant form. How do I adjust the recipe using cooked pudding?? My party is tomorrow evening.

    • Carrie Ventre October 30, 2017, 3:32 PM

      How fast in advance can I take these for a party? The day before ok?

      • Courtney @ NeighborFood October 30, 2017, 3:53 PM

        The day before would be fine! You can save the top layer of crumbs and put it on right before the party if you want them to have a little crunch.

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