Graveyard Pudding--cookie tombstones peek out of a base of crumbled oreos. Candied pumpkins and candy corn are distributed among the graveyard.

Graveyard Pudding

Graveyard pudding is a Halloween tradition in our house. We don’t make it any other time of year though the recipe could be adapted for other occasions as well.  The recipe is fairly versatile, too. We have even made it with sugar free chocolate sandwich cookies, sugar free frozen whipped topping, and sugar free pudding when there were diabetics attending our Halloween festivities.

The basic recipe that we use for our “Graveyard Pudding” goes by many different names.  The first time I heard of it, a co-worker called it mud. She was serving it at a children’s birthday party in red plastic cups, and there were gummy worms on top and dangling over the edge. All of the children loved it. Another friend served the pudding in small, new, flower pots with silk flowers sticking out of the top as a dessert for a Mother’s Day brunch. As for our family, we only make this recipe at Halloween, and it’s always transformed into a graveyard.

Graveyard Pudding--cookie tombstones peek out of a base of crumbled oreos. Candied pumpkins and candy corn are distributed among the graveyard.

Graveyard pudding has been the incentive for our children to return home after trick or treating. Knowing they have a special treat waiting at home makes them more compliant when we say they’ve been to enough houses and have enough candy. This has always worked with our kids, just like the ghoulish Halloween dinner always worked to motivate them to eat something before heading out to trick or treat.

They love to help prepare the pudding the day before, too. We let them crush the oreos in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin. Depending on who chooses to be the sous chef, the cookies may be more, or less, crushed. It doesn’t matter. The whole thing still tastes amazing even if it’s not Pinterest perfect.

Graveyard Pudding--cookie tombstones peek out of a base of crumbled oreos. Candied pumpkins and candy corn are distributed among the graveyard.

We love Graveyard Pudding, and are sharing it here in hopes that it can become a Halloween tradition for your family, too. If not for Halloween, perhaps you can mix up a batch of “Mud” for a birthday party or to “plant” silk flowers in it for a Mother’s Day Brunch.

Graveyard Pudding--cookie tombstones peek out of a base of crumbled oreos. Candied pumpkins and candy corn are distributed among the graveyard.

Have you ever made this pudding or oreo cookie mud? How do you serve it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Graveyard Pudding

Graveyard pudding is a holiday tradition in our house. We love to decorate it with cookie tomb stones, candy corn, and candy pumpkins for Halloween, but it can also be served in cups with gummy worms dangling over the edge as a cup full of mud. A friend of mine has served it in glass flower pots with a silk flower stuck in the top for a Mother's Day Brunch.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 3 cups milk ($0.48)
  • 2 (4 serving size) packages instant chocolate pudding mix ($1.86)
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping thawed ($0.98)
  • 1 (14 ounce) package oreos crushed and divided ($1.98)
  • 6 – 7 Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies ($0.75)
  • Assorted Harvest Mix Candies (Pumpkins and candy corn) ($0.18)


  • Combine pudding mix and milk and mix together for two minutes until it begins to thicken.
  • Fold in frozen whipped topping until well combined.
  • Fold in half of the crushed oreos until well mixed.
  • Spread pudding mixture into a 11 X 7 inch pan.
  • Sprinkle the top with crushed oreos.
  • Cover and refrigerate for one to two hours (or overnight) to allow the cookies to soften and the mixture to thicken.
  • Just before serving, stick Milano cookies into pan and arrange as tomb stones. (If you want, you can write RIP on some of them with melted chocolate chips piped through the corner of a snack sized ziplock bag.)
  • Place a few pieces of candy corn and candy pumpkins around tomb stones, and you're ready to serve.
Keyword Chocolate Mud Pudding, frozen whipped topping, Halloween Dessert, instant chocolate pudding, milk, oreos

The nutrition information for this recipe is calculated based upon a single serving which is approximately 1/2 cup of the “dirt pudding,” or 1/15th of the recipe prepared as above without candy or cookie garnish.

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24 thoughts on “Graveyard Pudding

  1. What a fun Halloween treat! Good idea to motivate kids to eat before trick or treating with the ghoulish Halloween dinner and then to come home afterwards for the Graveyard Pudding.

    1. Angie, the ghoulish dinner definitely helps to fuel up the kids before going out to trick or treat, and I’m really motivated to get home to eat some graveyard pudding, too. It’s not just the kids. I love that stuff, but you know how I am with sweets.

    1. Mikayla, I love making this with my kids, and they love smashing the oreos before hand. Of course, we always lose a few oreos because they “accidentlly” fall into their mouths.

    1. Linda, you’re so right. My kids love to decorate this. Usually, we melt some chocolate chips in a ziplock bag and pipe “RIP” onto some of the tombstone cookies. This time, we didn’t have any chocolate to melt. It was a tragedy.

  2. 5 stars
    What a great tradition for Halloween. I have to say brilliant tactic on getting the kids in from trick or treating! My Granddaughters would love this, may have to give it a go! Thank you so much for sharing!❤️👍

    1. Loretto and Nicoletta, Granddaughters? You don’t look old enough to have grandchildren. Regardless, I hope to do give this a try. It’s so much fun, and it tastes good, too.

  3. 5 stars
    I was looking for a recipe that I could make for Halloween and this is perfect! I cant wait to try this out, thank you for sharing this recipe!

  4. Awesome! I can’t wait to serve this at our Halloween party. I love all the ingredients ~ especially the Milanos ~ so I know this spooky dessert will be a hit. Thanks for posting the recipe.

    1. Amy, I know what you mean about the Milanos. My favorite Milanos are the orange and chocolate ones, but this year, I can’t find them. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  5. 5 stars
    This is such a fun dessert for Halloween. My kids have already requested that I make this. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

    1. Michele, I’m so happy to hear that your kids requested this recipe. My kids always love to help prepare it, especially the part that involves crushing the cookies. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

  6. 5 stars
    This is such a fun treat for Halloween. I’m surprised how easy this recipe really is and looks amazing. I’m definitely going to make this pudding for our party.

    1. Ksenia, I’m so happy your little one enjoyed this dessert. I love how excited younger children can get over simple desserts. It’s always a great motivator for me to try to come up with something new for them.

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