Easy Spider Cracker Halloween Snacks for Kids

Originally posted in 2009, this easy kids recipe has been featured in numerous magazines and blogs.

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I originally wrote this post in 2009 shortly after we took these spider cracker Halloween snacks for kids to preschool on snack day. They were a hit and have since been shared in magazines and in multiple other blogs across the internet. They are so easy to make that my daughter and her friends assemble them year round so I decided it’s time to update the old photos.

The instructions are pretty self explanatory, but I’ve illustrated the steps here:

How to make spider cracker Halloween snacks for kids in 7 easy steps.

It takes less well less than a minute to assemble a spider. And, they’re fun for Halloween parties and can even be made into suns by adding in just a few more pretzel sticks. For the eyes, you could also use Wilton candy eyeballs.

Halloween Spider Cracker Snacks

A fun easy Halloween or everyday snack that your kids can make.


  • Round crackers such as Ritz
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Cream cheese (the tub version is easier to spread), unsalted peanut butter, almond butter or any spreadable nut butter
  • Small dried fruit such as raisins, blueberries or cranberries (or even mini chocolate chips)


  1. Spread cream cheese, peanut or almond butter (make sure the butter isn't runny otherwise it won't hold) on two crackers so that it's thick enough to secure the pretzels.
  2. Break 4 pretzel sticks in half.
  3. Place the 8 broken pieces around one cracker to look like spider legs.
  4. Take the second cracker and sandwich the pretzel sticks in between the two crackers, without them moving.
  5. Dip two raisins in cream cheese or nut butters and stick them to the top of one side of the spider for eyes.
  6. Serve immediately or within a few hours at the most.
  7. Tip: Use more pretzels to create a sun instead of a spider.
Try to serve these fairly immediately. Ritz crackers hold up pretty well for a long period of time but they will get soggy if you serve them the following day.

I’d love more healthy Halloween snack ideas so please share any that are your favorites.

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Looking for a healthy Halloween snack for kids? Try these easy spider crackers.

See our spider Oreo and spider donut pop creations from a few years ago as well.

Spider crackers are an easy kids recipe that they can make on their own for a snack.
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  1. March 6, 2013 at 4:44 am — Reply

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  2. crissy
    October 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm — Reply

    ok husband said they’d likely be more soggy in the freezer after they thawed. So we’re heading to the store for strawberry cream cheese.

  3. Crissy
    October 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    Hmm I wondered about this. What if I stuck them in the freezer on cookie sheets till the am?

  4. sarah
    October 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    Has anyone mmade these the night before? Do they hold up well in the frig?
    Do the crackers get soggy?

    • October 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm — Reply

      Yes, they get soggy in the fridge. I have made them in the morning and they kept fine in Tupperware until the afternoon. After that, it’s sort of downhill from there. Thanks for mentioning this!

      • sarah
        October 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm — Reply

        Thank you

  5. Monica
    October 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    What about using the easy cheese for the filling?

    • October 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm — Reply

      I definitely think you could do that! Great idea.

  6. Crissy
    October 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    I bet using different kinds of jelly would add some fun color to this and should set up pretty well over night. My son is a bigger jelly fan then a peanut butter fan. Oh and theres the option nutella too… but will have to research if thats peanut allergy related.

    • October 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm — Reply

      You are so right! I think Nutella has hazelnuts in it, unfortunately.

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