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The Original DIY Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups for Fall and Halloween

I’d slide on some boots and wrap a scarf around my neck, sip some apple cider, and wander through the muddy dirt searching for my very own, oddball-shaped, cheerfully orange pumpkin. Going to the pumpkin patch has always been my favorite fall activity, so I brought a little of the magic to our home with these adorable Pumpkin Patch Pudding Dirt Cups!

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They are simple to make and taste delicious. In the spirit of the fall season, I wanted to celebrate with festive fall dirt cups that didn’t involve worms. This pumpkin patch pudding is perfect for that.

Pumpkin patch pudding dirt cups are simple, so they are the perfect fall treat to involve kids in and to send with them to school as a classroom snack.

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What You Need


1. To begin the pumpkin patch pudding cups, prepare soft-serve chocolate pudding (I just used instant pudding) and fill the cups about about 3/4 full.

Pudding in Cup

2. Crush up some chocolate cream cookies using your fist, a spoon, or a food processor. This is a fun activity to get kids involved in, especially if you use a hammer.

Crush and Scoop Oreos

3. Sprinkle a decent amount of cookie crumbs onto the top of the pumpkin patch pudding. This will be the “dirt.”

Pudding Cup with Oreo

4. Most pumpkin patches have a little bit of grass still with the pumpkins, not just dirt, so add some of the green sprinkles around the top of your pumpkin patch pudding cup. I did some spots with none, some with very little, and others with a decent amount so it looks more like grass would.

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5. Place a few mellowcreme pumpkins on the top of your pumpkin patch pudding and push them down gently into the “dirt” like they are sitting in a pumpkin patch. If you can find different sized/shaped pumpkins, that would be even better! I just went with whatever was in the Autumn Mix Mellowcreme and candy corn package that I purchased. You can also add some green gel for vines and sprinkle on some leaf-shaped sprinkles if you wish!

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6. While the pudding sets, make the pumpkin patch signs! Start by gluing the craft sticks onto the paper straw. Make sure these are centered and that they each touch. Leave a small amount of the straw poking out from the top and a good amount below as it will be sticking into the pudding.

Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups Sign 1

7. If you would like to make the signs sturdier, flip the sign around and add some more glue around where the straw meets the craft sticks. I reinforced my sign this way.

8. Flip the sign back around. Using the paint or paint pen, write “Pumpkins $1.00” onto the sign. Let dry.

Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups Sign 2

9. Once the Pumpkin Patch Pudding has set, carefully stick the sign in near the back. If needed, place the pudding cup back into the refrigerator for a bit so the sign does not fall over.

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10. Serve chilled.

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My boys loved these. Apparently the pudding is thin enough that you can somewhat drink it through the straw while you scoop the delicious cookie crumb topping and pumpkin candies into your mouth.

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The kids will love these pumpkin patch pudding cups. Make it a family activity. Bring them along as a special treat for your pumpkin patch field trip. For a more nutritious option, try chocolate graham crackers.

**FUN TIP! Want to make these spooky? Pipe on some faces with black cookie icing or gel and a small tip to turn them into jack-o-lanterns!

Read also: 6 Awfully Adorable Pudding Cups for Halloween and 11 Fun String Cheese Wrappers for Fall and Turkey-Shaped Turkey Sandwich Lunch Idea

What is your favorite fall activity? Where will you bring these Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups? Share with me in the comments!

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  1. Divina McFarland

    How many servings would you say this served? I’m looking to do this with my daughters class for a fall party!

    • How fun! It makes as many servings as the pudding you make. I used the 3 oz. package so about 3-4 servings (about 1/2 cup or a little more depending on how full you want it) but you can make multiple or find smaller cups to fill–perhaps Dixie cups with smaller signs and one or two pumpkins or use pre-packaged yogurt cups..

  2. Did the Oreos get soggy in the fridge? I would like to make these the night before our pumpkin carving party!

    • That would be awesome! The Oreos did get a little soggy after a while, but my son still enjoyed it (I actually made them the day before I let him eat it.) If you’re concerned and want them crunchy, you can set up the pudding cups and have the Oreos and everything prepared to stick on right before you head out. I tried it after it sat too as we ended up mixing a big batch together later on and it still was awesome with them not crunchy.

  3. Love these! Perfect for a Halloween party :] pinning and sharing this week on Facebook!

  4. Thinking you could also make sign on a spoon, then it would be ready to eat.

  5. My fav fall activity is foraging for wild grapes and hickory nuts. The lil’ pudding cups are so cute, I’d love to bring them to a church buffet. I’m sure they will be gobbled up!

  6. What a cute idea! This is a perfect fall dessert. I love it! πŸ™‚

  7. My favorite fall activity is gardening. It’s one of the only times it’s a little cooler outside here in Florida. I would take these pudding cups with my family on a picnic.

  8. My kids would love to make the Dirt cups! They are so cute and you really are great at making things. We love to to the Fall Festival on the outskirts of our town, and pick apples, get our pumpkin, the kids go on a hay ride and we drink apple cider. So much fun things to do in Fall!

  9. What a creative idea! I like them better without worms, too. πŸ™‚

  10. That is very creative, but I would eat the pumpkins separately from the pudding. It looks good for the presentation but those pumpkins likely do not mix well with the pudding taste.

  11. What a cute idea! I’ll definitely keep this in mind as Halloween draws closer. Thanks for sharing.

  12. My grandkids would love to help assemble these and then quickly consume them.

  13. What a cute idea. My grandkids would have a lot of fun with these while eating them.

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    Hi Alyssa,
    Your pumpkin patch pudding cups are adorable! Great activity when you’re at home with the kids on a rainy day. Thanks for sharing!

  15. These are such an adorable snack! It looks like a lot of fun to make! πŸ™‚

  16. What a fun idea! the kids would enjoy this pudding treat.

  17. This is a good creative project for your kids to do. They will like the end result.

  18. These are so adorable! It would be great for a fall festival or school party

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