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 multiple other blogs across the internet.

These spider cracker snacks are so easy to make that my daughter and her friends assemble them year-round.

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

The instructions for this healthy Halloween snack for kids 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.

(As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.) For the eyes, you can also use Wilton candy eyeballs instead of currants or dried blueberries. And if you don’t want any whites to show, you can use a small dab of clear edible Wilton adhesive.

These are best when prepared and eaten right away.

Halloween Spider Cracker Snacks

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

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.

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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.

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  4. 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.

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

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