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Graveyard Pudding

The Halloween season is upon us and with that comes lots of Halloween get togethers. It’s always fun creating themed treats that kids and adults alike will enjoy. This year, I decided to put a spooky fall twist on one of my favorite desserts, dirt pudding. 

When I saw Milano cookies decorated as tombstones on Pinterest, it reminded me of how much you can do to make dirt pudding more on theme. Like adding candy worms for a summer cookout or toy shovels/trucks for a childs birthday party. 

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I wanted these treats to feel a little more high-end without a high-end price tag. Making the pudding as individual sized options instead of one big batch of pudding was the first step. This option feels more formal and is a great way to portion out the right amount for guests. As I didn’t have small matching glasses already, I headed straight to Goodwill.

Glasses

Shopping the North Canton Goodwill, I found a set of four glasses for $4 (but were the half price color of the week), a set of 6 for $2, and 2 glasses each .50¢ all the perfect size. I liked that they were all different shapes and sizes as it added the kooky feel I was going for. Plus, the different sizes allow guest to choose the portion size that best suits them.

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

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INSTRUCTIONS

For the pudding:

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

For the tombstone 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 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 3/4 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.

 Pudding

Because all the glasses are different sizes, this recipe could make a varied number of servings. I was able to create 10 individual cups which is perfect for my get together. While I was at Goodwill, I also picked up some spider web décor for $1 and some super cute Halloween pins for $2 to dress up the dessert table. All together I spent $8 to create this spooky and fun vibe that all my guests loved.

Family Halloween Costumes

Is there anything cuter than family Halloween costumes? Okay, maybe family jammies at Christmas. But when it comes to Halloween, I think it becomes even more fun when you have kids.

If youʼre anything like me though, you hate to pay $40-$50 per family member for a Halloween costume. So if youʼre looking for a one stop Halloween shop that is not going to cost you a fortune, I highly recommend checking out your local Goodwill. Goodwill has it all when it comes to Halloween; costumes for all ages, makeup, decor, and even pet costumes!

Last year, my family went as 101 Dalmatians characters. My husbandʼs hat and coat both came from Goodwill. The hat cost $3 and the coat was $10. I also found my fur coat from Goodwill which was only $15! All three costumes were under $40!!

Family 1

This Halloween, my husband and son are hunters and I am a little (pregnant) deer! This was the easiest family costume to pull off. My husband is already an avid hunter with plenty of hunting gear and my son had a camo t-shirt and a toy bow and arrow to add to his costume. This was a guaranteed win for our family.

 Fur Vest

I found my fur vest at the Jackson Township Goodwill for only $6 and my sonʼs camouflage pants for $3! The rest of our outfits we had laying around our closets. And just like that we have Halloween costumes for under $10! Thank you, Goodwill!!

Family 2 Family 3

If you and your family will be creating a group costume, here are a couple of tips to help you out.

1. Choosing a Theme

Deciding a group costume can be difficult, pick something the whole family will be excited about (including dad!). As my husband already loves hunting and my son wants to be just like dad they were both on board with this idea. Plus, my son will love driving his mini jeep from house to house.

2. Plan Ahead

Give yourself plenty of time to see what works and what doesn't. Also, plenty of time to thrift shop! You may not find everything you need in one trip. The sales floor is constantly changing, you'd be surprised what you'll find if you stop back a couple of days later.

3. Get Creative with Materials

Buying accessories to match your character can get expensive fast. Instead look for materials to recreate items yourself.  For my deer costume, I made my own head band using items found around the house and saved our family $20!

I hope these family costume ideas and tips inspire your family as well. And help you save some extra money while giving back to the community this Halloween!

Be sure to share your finished looks on Instagram by tagging @goodwillgoodskills and #GoodwillHaunting.