Wifey With A Knifey: Pumpkin Pie Playdough

Pumpkin Pie Play-dough Treat Bags

Ah, Halloween… that blissful time of year in Colorado that used to signify the first impending snowfall (cue costumes buried under winter coats). Although now Facebook is full of posts proclaiming Flip flops in October! I love Colorado! and I can’t help but freak out internally It’s not that quirky Colorado weather! It’s GLOBAL WARMING! SAVE YOURSELVES! EAT THE NEIGHBORS! SAVE THE SEALS!!!!
And then I leave 5 lights on and leave a room.

Despite it clearly being the end of times, I wanted to do something different for this lil’ missus preschool Halloween party this Friday. Before I WOW you with the first of our free crafty printables *suspense builds* and SCARE you with threats of diminishing polar ice caps, I really needed to share the HORROR I’m experiencing with my daughter being Cinderella this Halloween.

First of all, when she puts on the silvery-blue dress she transforms not into the heroic and kind princess we have fought so hard to imprint in her heart and mind. Rather she morphs into the kind of princess that we have long wanted to avoid.  Normally being a super helpful big sister (fetching diapers, wipes, and binkies) she tells me under no uncertain terms that Princesses don’t get diapers. Clearly we’ve failed.

Second, she’s a brunette. One of only 3 brunettes in her class (aka The Aryan Nation), it really digs up my own childhood nightmare of not being able to dress up as Rapunzel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or any of the other blond princesses. Hanz Christian Anderson, Disney or otherwise. Sadly, I would have never been able to be Elsa were Frozen released in 1985.

My daughter doesn’t realize it now, but putting her chestnut brown hair in a Cinderella princess bun is akin to wearing blackface. At least to me it is. But, clearly this is my issue that needs to be brought up at my next therapy session.

For this trick-or-treat project, you will need some 8-1/2″ x 11″ white cardstock, green curling ribbon,  scissors, size 4 5/8″ x 7 1/4″ rounded treat bags (these can be found here on Amazon or at Michael’s in the candy-making aisle).

You’ll also need some Pumpkin Pie Playdough which is a great fall activity for you and the little ones. There are several recipes available on Pinterest, but I’ll put the one I used here from Crystal & Co. ( updated 1/4/2016 – I love this recipe the most: Valentine’s Day Super Soft Playdough Recipe. Just use orange food coloring and pumpkin pie spice instead of pink food coloring and raspberry bakery emulsion. )

The free pumpkin template link is listed in the instructions below.

Happy Halloweenie!

Pumpkin Pie Play-dough


  • 5½ cups flour
  • 2 cups of salt
  • 8 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 35gm container of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 4 cups of water
  • red and yellow food coloring


  1. In a large pot dump in your flour
  2. Add the salt, Cream of Tartar and Pumpkin Pie Spice and stir
  3. Now add the oil and water
  4. Add the coloring until you get the desired tone of pumpkin you want
  5. Warm the ingredients up over a medium heat
  6. Stir, stir, stir, mixing until you get all the lumps (about 5 minutes)
  7. Dump the dough out onto a floured space
  8. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky and takes on a play dough consistency
  9. Roll into medium size balls to be put into the treat bags
  10. Store in a sealed Tupperware to prevent from drying out

Pumpkin Treat Bags


  • Pumpkin Pie Playdough
  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ white cardstock
  • green curling ribbon
  • scissors
  • size 4 5/8 x 7 1/4″ rounded treat bags (these can be found at Michael’s in the candy-making aisle)


  1. Download the pumpkin fronts and backs here: http://bit.ly/pmknbags
  2. Print the pumpkin fronts on a sheet of white stock card stock
  3. Turn the printed page over and upside down and put back into the printer
  4. Print the pumpkin backs (this can take some practice to get them to line up correctly so it prints perfectly on the front and back)
  5. Cut out the pumpkins and gently bend to insert into the round treat bags
  6. Add in a ball of the pumpkin pie playdough
  7. Tie off the bag with some green curling ribbon and cuuuuuurl using your scissors (you can also just use the twisty-ties that come with the bags if you want to eliminate a step)

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