Dirt Cups for Halloween | DIY Craft Idea for the Kids

Growing up, dirt cups were always a fun dessert to eat at class parties. Not only were they easy for the parents to assemble and bring to class, but the chocolate pudding and Oreo cookie crumbs were much-loved by the kids.

This pumpkin patch version of dirt cups is similar to the classic version with the addition of a couple garnishes. While gummy worms are classic and typically found in a traditional dirt cup recipe, this project includes some DIY craftiness with the addition of pumpkin patch signs.

These pumpkin patch dirt cups also feature candy pumpkins, an addition that not only showcases the theme of these dirt cups but adds a festive, fall touch to this chocolate treat.

Kids love making these dirt cups because it involves candy and creativity, two things that can win over almost any child. Parents love this project because it is relatively simple and doesn’t require a ton of expensive ingredients.

items you need for pumpkin patch dirt cups

To make these pumpkin patch dirt cups, you will need:

  • Chocolate snack pudding cups
  • Oreo cookies
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Candy pumpkins
  • Gummy worms
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black marker
  • Ziplock bag
  • Rolling pin


oreo cookies in ziplock bag

Add a handful of Oreo cookies to a quart-size ziplock bag and seal shut.

cookie crumbs in ziplock bag

Use a rolling pin over the bag of cookies to crush them into fine crumbs.

add cookie crumbs to pudding cups

Scoop a couple teaspoons of cookie crumbs over each snack pudding cup, just enough to cover the surface of the pudding.

add gummy worms to pudding cups

Poke a couple of gummy worms into the pudding cup, gently pressing the worms at least halfway into the pudding so that they stay put.

add candy pumpkins to pudding cups

Add a couple of candy pumpkins to each chocolate pudding cup.

line up popsicle sticks and glue together

Grab a few popsicle sticks and break each one so that you’re left with 3/4 the length of the original popsicle stick (breaking the popsicle sticks like this gives them rough edges and makes them look more rustic and realistic). Line the popsicle sticks side-by-side so that they’re touching.

popsicle stick sign for pumpkin patch

Place a single, unbroken popsicle stick onto the center of these lined up popsicle sticks, using hot glue to adhere the stick. This popsicle stick will not only keep the other popsicle sticks stuck together, but it will also form the “pole” for this wooden sign.

write on the pumpkin patch sign

Once the glue has dried, flip the sign over and write “Pumpkins $3” using a black marker.

insert popsicle stick sign into pudding cups

Gently insert the sign into the pudding cup, right in the center.

pumpkin patch dirt cups

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