Halloween Cheesecake Parfaits

These Halloween treats are super easy, plus you can make them ahead of time so that you have more time for partying. Crushed Oreos are layered with a 3-ingredient no bake cheesecake that you can tint any color you want. Graveyard Cheesecake Parfaits | TheFoodCharlatan.com

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Graveyard Cheesecake Parfaits | TheFoodCharlatan.com

If you are throwing a Halloween party this year, these easy Cheesecake Parfaits are a great make-ahead treat! They are a spook-ified version of these super easy No Bake Cheesecake Parfaits, one of my favorite party desserts of all time. You can make them a few hours in advance (or let people assemble their own!), and they are totally adaptable to whatever candy you have on hand. I found the ghost peeps at Rite Aid, and made some really sophisticated tombstones out of graham crackers and frosting. Happy Halloween everyone!

P.S. This idea was originally posted on I Dig Pinterest last week on September 29th. My friend Christine is doing an awesome Halloween Extravaganza that I contributed too. Be sure to check out some of the other posts, it will give you some fun ideas for Halloween!

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Halloween Cheesecake Parfaits

Yield: Serves 6-8


  • 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla, or 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • black or purple gel food coloring*
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos
  • ghost peeps
  • candy pumpkins
  • graham crackers
  • white or black frosting


  1. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese on high until it is fluffy, at least 2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom well.
  2. Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  3. Add the food coloring. Use as much or as little as you want to get the desired color. (You will probably need more than you think, but start small just to be safe.) Beat well.
  4. Crush the Oreos in a food processor (or smash them in a ziplock with a rolling pin).
  5. In a clear glass, add layers of Oreo, cheesecake, and candy, if you want.
  6. To make the graham tombstones, I just used a knife to cut a quarter of a graham cracker so that it was rounded on the edges. I added store bought frosting to a plastic bag and snipped off a tiny corner to pipe on the "RIP." Be sure to use Oreo crumbs as your top layer so that it looks like graveyard dirt!
  7. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


*I used black gel food coloring and it came out purple. Still a Halloween color, I'll take it. :) Gel food coloring intensifies after even just a few minutes, so if you're not sure about the color, give it a few minutes to see if it gets darker.


Source: The Food Charlatan

Other treats you might like:

No-Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar:

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

Dracula’s Dentures:
Dracula's Dentures from The Food Charlatan

 Oreo Cheesecake Bars:

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Other fun Halloween food from friends:

Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars from High Heels and Grills
Pumpkin Chocolate Cake from Roxana’s Home Baking
Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies from A Spicy Perspective





  1. Kelly Gneiting says

    When I make these, I use Nutterbutter cookies as tombstones; just stick half of it in the parfait. I’ve also used Cookies ‘N’ Cream Hershey bars for a marbled tombstone look, and strategically place pretzel sticks for a crumbling fence (or dead trees). I’ve never made individual one before, though. I usually just do a giant graveyard scene in a 9×13 that people have to dig into. Thanks for inspiring me to change it up this year.

    • says

      Nutterbutters!! Why didn’t I think of that!! Love the pretzel stick idea too, so fun. This would be really good in a dish all together too, I never thought of doing it that way. I wonder what size this amount would fit into…8×8? 8×11? Probably. Thanks for the idea Kelly! PS I miss you and your feisty children.

    • says

      Thanks Natalie! I know, I really hope Cmorgan reads it so that she knows how hard it made me laugh!! Also, if I worked, I would totally be reading blogs all day long, so you are not alone. :)

  2. says

    That’s the best response EVER!! I wish I could hear why people unsubscribed from my blog… I always assume it’s because I’ve said something or used an ingredient that offends them (sugar, AP flour, butter, and splenda all come to mind), but the fact that someone finally got an awesome job… That’s pretty darn cool. And even cooler than YOU personally made their job more bearable! :)
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  3. says

    The note would totally make my day – how sweet. I am thinking you’ve found a die-hard follower. I love how much love that subscriber is getting ;). Hopefully it makes his/her day a little bit better while they’re still working at that boring job! And, um, these parfaits would totally made my day. They’re so stinkin’ adorable!!!
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