Pumpkin-shaped rice krispies with faces in green icing on a slate serving board on a dark wooden surface with fall decorations (with logo overlay)

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Rice Krispies Treats are always a hit with kids. Make them more fun this Halloween by cutting into pumpkin shapes and adding silly faces!

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Preschool is such a fun time in a child’s life. They get to go to school for a few hours, play with friends, and have lots of parties! They aren’t ready for the responsibility of elementary school yet but are working their way towards it. And what preschooler wouldn’t enjoy fun desserts such as these Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies?!

Tyler did preschool for three years before starting kindergarten. Ryan did two years of preschool at the same school. It’s only 12 hours a week, but it’s enough time to get them out of the house and with other kids their age. 

And, as I mentioned, there are class parties. Their preschool does four of them. The first is Halloween, then Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. I was the parent in charge of the Halloween party in Ryan’s class for the two-year-olds. Of course, when you are planning a party for kids at that age, you have to think very easy, non-messy, kid-friendly foods, drinks, and snacks. But, I also wanted to keep it themed as much as I could. 

When I was at the grocery store browsing through the Halloween section, I found an adorable little pumpkin cookie cutter. I grabbed it, not yet knowing what I wanted to do with it. As I started thinking further about the foods, Ryan was asking about Rice Krispie Treats. Those are easy to make, can be made the night before, and are good finger-food snacks for the kids.

When I thought about it further, I realized I could probably make the Rice Krispie Treats into pumpkins to use my cutter. Since I always make the boy’s birthday cakes, I have a lot of food coloring gels, including orange. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

I am writing this recipe for making Halloween Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies Treats. You could use the same idea to make them for any holiday or occasion if you have the right cookie cutters. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies Step by Step


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 10 oz marshmallows
  • 2-4 drops orange food coloring
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal


Start by making the Rice Krispies in the traditional recipe. Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. Make sure to stir continuously so they don’t burn to the bottom of the pan. 

Young boy using a wooden spoon to stir marshmallows and butter in a large pot over a gas stovetop

At this point, I removed the pan from the heat and added a few drops of my orange food color gel and stirred that in really well. 

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies

Pour in the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until the cereal is well-coated with the marshmallows. Let it cool for a few minutes, then place the entire thing on a piece of wax paper

Orange-colored rice krispies on a piece of wax paper

Cover with another sheet of wax paper and use a rolling pin to flatten out the Rice Krispies. 

Young boy using a rolling pin to flatten orange-colored rice krispies between two pieces of wax paper

Gently take the top sheet of wax paper off and use the cookie cutter to make as many pumpkins as you can fit. 

Young boy using a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to cut rice krispies

Move those to a serving platter or storage container. Then roll up the rest of the treats and continue, similar to how you would when making sugar cookies. 

Pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter cutting shapes into orange-colored rice krispies

Optional: Use green icing to draw a face on the pumpkins. Since these were for little kids, they really enjoyed the silly faces. The Rice Krispies treats will stay good if sealed in an airtight container for up to two days. They are best eaten on the day they are made, but Ryan’s school party was at 10 am so I wouldn’t have had time to make them that day. 

Pumpkin-shaped rice krispies with faces in green icing on a slate serving board on a dark wooden surface with fall decorations (vertical)


Originally Published On: September 26, 2018

Last Updated On: July 28, 2023

Pumpkin-shaped rice krispies with faces in green icing on a slate serving board on a dark wooden surface with fall decorations

Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispies Treats are always a hit with kids. Make them more fun this Halloween by cutting into pumpkin shapes and adding silly faces!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
5 from 7 votes


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 10 oz marshmallows
  • 2-4 drops orange food coloring
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal


  • In a large saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter
  • Add the marshmallows and stir continuously until melted
  • Drop in the orange food color and stir until it’s completely mixed in
  • Remove from the heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal, stirring until coated well
  • Lay a sheet of wax paper on the counter, place the Rice Krispies on top, then cover with another sheet of wax paper
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the treats
  • Make shapes with the cookie cutter and set the finished ones on a serving tray
  • Continue to roll up the remaining Rice Krispies and flatten out to make more pumpkins, similar to how you would make sugar cookies
  • Optional: use a tipped green food gel to add silly faces
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Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispie Treats
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 70mg3%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 8g9%
Vitamin A 610IU12%
Vitamin C 5.3mg6%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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34 thoughts on “Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies”

  1. 5 stars
    I am so making these. I love rice krispie treats. I use to make my mom make them for me all the time. Yup, I will get her to help me make these. And no I am not sharing. LOL

  2. 5 stars
    What a great idea! I looks like so much fun to spend some time with family! I will definitely give it a try! I don’t have a kid yet, but my nephew will surely enjoy this 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I really have wanted to make Rice Krispie treats for the longest time but get discouraged when we don’t have Rice Krispies here in Japan. But recently, I found a substitute and will be making these pumpkin-shaped treats!

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