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These Ghosts in the Graveyard Dessert Parfaits are easy Halloween desserts that are just as fun to make as they are to eat! Grab the kids because they’ll love making these with you!
It costs approximately $9.13 to make these parfaits. The recipe makes six servings, which is about $1.52 per serving.
Make this Witches’ Brew Halloween Drink with these parfaits for a spooktacular treat.
Grab all your ghosts and goblins because they will love these adorably spooky Ghosts in the Graveyard Parfaits. The treat is made with chocolate pudding, Cool Whip, crushed Oreos, and some ghostly decorations to top them off.
These individual graveyard scenes with ghosts are nothing to be afraid of and super fun to eat. They make a fabulous no-bake treat for after school during the Halloween season, a fun family dessert, or a snack at a Halloween party.
Follow our step-by-step directions in our recipe card to make these Ghosts in the Graveyard Parfaits this Halloween season.
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Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 2 boxes (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix – $1.44
- 3 cups cold milk – $0.48
- 2 tubs (8 oz) Cool Whip – $1.96
- 12 Oreo Cookies – $1.20
- 6 Milano cookies – $1.49
- 6 chocolate-covered graham crackers – $0.50
- 6 gummy worms – $0.87
- 3 ounces Chocolate Almond bark – $0.60
- 12 candy eyeballs – $0.59
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How To Make Ghosts in the Graveyard Dessert
- First, using a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix until smooth.
- Then, let it sit in the fridge for around ten minutes.
- Remove the pudding and fold in one tub of Cool Whip. Set the bowl in the fridge again for ten to fifteen minutes.
- Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate Almond Bark in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Place the melted chocolate in a plastic decorator bag. Create the trees by piping the melted chocolate onto parchment paper. Let the trees set for ten to fifteen minutes.
- Next, write years and/or RIP on the Milano cookies and chocolate-covered graham crackers.
- Evenly divide the pudding mixture between the parfait dishes and spread the Oreo crumbs on top.
- Then, add the decorations and gummy worms.
- Place the Cool Whip in a plastic decorator bag, and pipe swirled mounds of Cool Whip onto the parfaits to make the ghosts.
- Finally, add the candy eyeballs to the ghosts and refrigerate the parfaits until you’re ready to serve them.
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Instead of making these in mini parfait dishes, you can make this in one large parfait dish.
- Alternatively, you can make this in a 9×13-inch Pyrex baking dish instead of mini parfait dishes.
SERVE: Serve them right away or refrigerate them until you’re ready to serve them.
STORE: You can pre-make the parfaits up to 24 hours in advance. Just don’t add the candy decorations. Leave those to the last minute. You can store these for up to 12 hours; just note that the bottoms of the cookies used for decorations might get soggy.
FREEZE: These parfaits do not freeze well, especially after they’re decorated, so we do not recommend freezing them.
Ghosts in the Graveyard is a popular outside game that we turn into a dessert. Many times you will see it made in a 9×13-inch baking dish. However, we put our twist on the popular dessert by making it into individual parfait cups. These parfaits are a layered no-bake dessert made spooky with the graveyard scene complete with a tombstone, ghost, and worms on top of each cup.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Ask your little ones to place the decorations and gummy worms in each parfait cup. They can practice counting the decorations, gummy worms, and cups as they decorate them.
Ages 4-5: Guide your child’s hands to stir the chocolate as it melts. They can also whisk the pudding mixture and fold in the Cool Whip. These will be easy tasks for them to complete as they learn some basic kitchen skills.
Ages 6-8: Teach your child how to use the decorator’s bag. They can help pipe the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper with some practice. Your child will also enjoy placing candy eyes on each ghost.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
For less than $10, this is a fun treat to make with the kiddos. We like to buy Cool Whip throughout the year when it goes on sale and then store it in the freezer for recipes like this one. If you stock up on basic items when they are on sale, you will save a few dollars, which can add up over time.
More Halloween Recipes
- Witch Finger Cookies
- Halloween Cookie Dough Balls
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Mummy Wrap Pizza Calzone
- Halloween Snack Mix
- Snickers Salad
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip
- Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Easy Beef Chili
Ghosts in the Graveyard Dessert Parfaits
- Microwave-safe bowl
- large mixing bowl
- Piping bags and tips
- mixing spoon
- Liquid measuring cup
- 2 boxes 3.9 oz of instant chocolate pudding mix
- 3 cups cold milk
- 2 tubs 8 oz each of Cool Whip, thawed – and divided
- 12 Oreo Cookies crushed into crumbs
- 6 Milano cookies
- 6 Chocolate-covered graham crackers
- 6 Gummy worms
- 3 ozs Chocolate Almond Bark – to make trees
- 12 candy eyeballs
- Black writing gel
- White writing gel
- In a large bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until smooth.
- Place bowl in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes.
- Remove the pudding from the refrigerator and fold in 1 tub of Cool Whip.
- Place the pudding mixture back in the refrigerator to chill about 10-15 minutes (longer is fine).
- Make decorations while the pudding mixture is chilling **instructions below.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add 3 blocks of Almond Bark to a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat the almond bark in the microwave for 1 minute, remove and stir.
- Continue cooking for 10-20 seconds at a time until the chocolate is almost melted.
- Stir until completely melted and smooth.
- Transfer the chocolate to a plastic decorator bag or resealable bag and snip off a very small amount of the end of the bag.
- Create trees by piping melted chocolate onto parchment paper.
- Let the chocolate trees set for 10-15 minutes until they have hardened.
- Write years and/or RIP on Milano cookies and chocolate-covered graham crackers.
- Divide the pudding mixture between the parfait dishes.
- Add the Oreo crumbs on top of each parfait cup.
- Add decorations to the parfait cups.
- Add gummy worms.
- Transfer Cool Whip to a plastic decorator bag or resealable bag and snip off a small amount of the end of the bag.
- Pipe swirled mounds of Cool Whip onto to the parfaits to resemble ghosts.
- Add candy eyeballs to the ghosts.
- Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve the parfaits.