Giveaway: Rice Krispies Spooky Fall Challenge & $100 Bank Gift Card Giveaway

Our third Rice Krispies challenge is upon us. This time we were challenged to create a spooky fall treat that would double as a fun craft for moms and kids to work on together. We created our original recipe first, a Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies treat. Then we created our craft, a haunted pumpkin patch. We had tons of fun putting it together.

We started by making a large flat tray of our Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Treats which we covered in chocolate frosting and chocolate cookie crumbs (our dirt) to serve as the base for our haunted pumpkin patch. We then made our “fence” by connecting parallel running pretzel sticks to marshmallow “posts” and adhered them around the edge of our base. We made spooky “trees” with black licorice and adhered them into the frosting. A path was created through the patch using Reeces Pieces as “cobblestones.” We then whipped up another batch of Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treats (this time dyeing them orange) and made them into round pumpkin shapes.  A third of a pretzel stick was stuck into each pumpkin top before a green icing leaf was piped on to the “stem.” Finally we decorated the patch with fun spooky items found at the craft store, like miniature wooden tomb stones, ghosts made out of Peeps candy, miniature mummies and skeletons, small plastic spiders etc.

We had a blast creating, chatting and decorating! Be sure to check out some of the amazing treats the other teams created on The Motherhood.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats – Haunted Pumpkin Patch



  • 1 stick (8 TBS)  butter or margarine
  • 1 ¼ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 package(about 40) + 10 regular marshmallows
  • 2 TBS Pumpkin Puree
  • 7 cups   Rice Krispies


  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Stirring frequently. Butter will foam and then the foam will subside. Brown bits will begin to form at the bottom. Keep stirring. You will smell a nutty aroma and the butter will be lightly brown. Off the heat.
  2. Stir in pumpkin pie spice until incorporated. Add marshmallows and stir. Put the heat back on low and stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in pumpkin puree and two drops of red food coloring and 3-4 drops of yellow food coloring (to make desired orange color).
  4. Mix in Rice Krispies until they are fully coated with marshmallow mixture. Turn out onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.

To Make Pumpkins:

  • One batch Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats.
  • Small Pretzel Sticks
  • Green Icing tube with Leaf tip.


  1. Allow Rice Krispies Treats to cool for a bit.
  2. Shape into round balls. Insert a 1/3 of a pretzel stick into the tops to act as a pumpkin stem.
  3. Use green icing and an leaf tip to create a small green leaf on the side of the “stem.”

To Assemble Haunted Pumpkin Patch:

  • 2 batches of Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats
  • 1 batch Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats made into Pumpkins
  • 1 can Chocolate Frosting
  • 2-3 cups Chocolate Cookie Crumbs (crumble plain chocolate cookies in a food processor or blender)
  • 1 bag Marshmallows
  • 1 bag Pretzel Sticks
  • 2 -3 sticks of Black Twizzlers
  • 1/3 cup Reeces Pieces
  • Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts, assorted miniature Halloween signs, tomb stones, zombies, bats, spiders , ghosts from a craft store for decorating


  1. Spread a baking sheet with wax paper and spray with cooking spray.  Make 2 batches of Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats and spread out onto baking sheet evenly. Once cooled completely turn over onto  a platter or tray.
  2. Frost Treats with chocolate frosting and cover with cookie crumbs (for dirt).
  3. Create a “fence” around Treats by taking 2 Marshmallows and connecting them with 2 parallel pretzel sticks. Continue to join pretzels sticks and Marshmallows until the fence goes around the tray of Rice Krispies Treats. Adhere the marshmallows to the chocolate frosting.
  4. Make a “path across the middle of the Treats (vertically) with Reeces Pieces.
  5. Cut the tops of the Twizzlers down in thin strips to make tree branches and cut them slightly at the bottom (to make roots) and adhere into the frosting for spooky trees.
  6. Scatter the Brown Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treat Pumpkins around the “pumpkin patch.”
  7. Decorate with marshmallow ghosts and store bought spooky creatures and signs.

Each of our blogs below are also running a $100 giveaway! Go visit Team Philly and comment!

Sarah Peppel, Genesis Moments
Tara Bucci, Baby Momma Blog
Joey Fortman, Real Mom Media

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  1. Mami2jcn Says:

    I would take black licorice and turn the rice krispies treats into little spiders with candy corn eyes.

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    Shared on FB with my username Mary Happymommy–

  4. courtney Says:

    i would cover it in chocolate and put whiskers and make a spooky cat!

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  6. Amanda Sakovitz Says:

    i would roll the rice krispie treats into balls with orange frosting and make scary pumpkins faces

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  9. amy pugmire Says:

    I would love to add some white chocolate and then add some black for the eyes and nose and mouth and turn it into a ghost.

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  11. Melinda Mendy Dinsmore Says:

    I would turn it into a cemetery

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  13. Janice Cooper Says:

    I would use chocolate sauce and drizzle it over the rice krispies to make a bat

  14. Janice Cooper Says:

    Shared giveaway on facebook. FB name Jan Peoples

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  16. linda brooks Says:

    I would have to use lots of choc. syrup and choc. chips

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  18. Jeanne Says:

    I would turn it into a haunted house!

  19. Tina M Says:

    I’d make the Pumpkin shaped Halloween desserts with candy inside

  20. Tina M Says:!/HappyTina0115/status/124148420901470209

  21. Jeanne Says:

    I would make it into a cat.

  22. Jim Says:

    I would turn it into something sports related.

  23. shannon Says:

    Spiders would be cool

  24. robert Says:

    Anything spookey would be cool.

  25. susitravl Says:

    I would cut them with cookie cutters in the shape of a ghost and stick on some black eyes – I think I could do that – not very crafty or creative.

  26. Erica Best Says:

    i would drip in a chocolate and get white chocolate and make a spider web on them

  27. Erica Best Says:!/purplelover04/status/125439752123060224

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  29. Melissa Says:

    you ladies are so creative!!! I’d make flat pumpkin faces and add M&Ms as part of the face. and use marshmallows to attempt to make ‘cob webs’ I love love love rice krispy treats thanks for getting my creativity going!


  30. Melissa Says:

    I shared on facebook :)

  31. Melissa Says:

    I tweeted :)!/abitnerdy/status/126013985513410560

  32. ACMommy3 Says:

    Your project came out amazing!! With a tray of flat krispies, I’d make a “pumpkin patch” theme with pumpkins, scarecrow, some crows, maybe a haymaze or hayfilled wagon. :-) creedamy [at] yahoo [dot] com

  33. Mari Says:

    I’d use food coloring, and cut shapes of goblins, ghosts, and monsters that we could decorate with sprinkles, gumdrops and icing.

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  36. Deanna G. Says:

    I could use black & white frosting to make spider web rice krispies! :)

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  40. angie Says:

    I love rice krispies treats!!!! I like to make them via the original directions and then add a heaping serving spoon of creamy peanut butter to them. DELICIOUS! You could do this for Halloween too and maybe dip one end in milk chocolate and one end in green colored white chocolate and then add a monster face to it!

  41. angie Says:

    I tweeted here:!/FotoMacro/status/128545637062017024

  42. Jeremy Says:

    Just melt multi-colored candy corn all over the Rice Krispies treats. It looks like a mess, but it surely tastes great!

  43. Jeremy Says:!/bikeohio/status/128679042739220480 tweet

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