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Spooky Peanut Butter & Jelly Spider Sandwiches

Peanut butter & jelly spider sandwiches are the perfect spooky treat for any ghosts and goblins under the age of 13 — though, we won’t judge you if you love them too!

spooky spider pb&j sandwiches on display

This peanut butter and jelly spider sandwich recipe will help you make a meal that is just creepy enough to still be exciting without going overboard. Make this snack as a fangtastic meal for a kids-only Halloween party, or as a quick bite for them before running off to play trick or treat with their friends.

These sandwiches are 100% kid-approved and still offer some nourishment before they eat their weight in Halloween candy (or these delicious Halloween Sandwich Cookies!).

two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with spider pretzel legs on a plate

Why you need to make these Peanut Butter & Jelly Spider Sandwiches

These Peanut Butter and Jelly Spider Sandwiches are a fun seasonal twist on the classic kid-favorite snack and your kiddos are almost guaranteed to gobble them up. You can serve them as an afternoon snack or make them as a perfectly spooky treat for a kids’ Halloween party or trick or treating.

And, the best part? They’re filling and not overly sweet like Halloween candy.

Plus, they are very easy to make and only require a little extra preparation to serve. In fact, they’re so simple that even the kids can get involved in making their own peanut butter and jelly spider sandwiches!

two sandwiches displayed on a plate with a fall napkin

Tips and tricks for making these spooky peanut butter jelly spider sandwiches

If you want to make these creepy-crawly spider sandwiches, here are some tips!

  • Don’t overfill the sandwiches or everything will gush out of the sides when you squeeze them. This will not only make it harder to cut them but harder for kids to eat them too.
  • If you want to give these spider sandwiches an even creepier look, dip the pretzel legs in melted chocolate to make them look thick and black. This will also make the sandwiches a bit sweeter!
  • To limit the amount of sugar in these peanut butter and jelly spider sandwiches, use raisins for the spider eyes instead of chocolate chips.
  • If you prepare these spider sandwiches ahead of time, store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. If your home is warm, you may need to also place them in the fridge.

Do I have to use peanut butter?

No! There are a lot of other options if you’ve got kiddos who can’t have (or don’t like) peanut butter!

Any kind of nut butter will work in these sandwiches and they’ll taste just as great! For example, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, pecan butter, and walnut butter are all just a few options. Just choose the one that you know your kids will like best.

six pieces of bread cut into circles with peanut butter spread on three and red jelly spread on three

What else can I use for legs instead of pretzels?

If you don’t want to use pretzels to make the spider legs, there are a few other options!

Black licorice is one great option! Just cut one licorice rope into three pieces to create spider legs. Or, you could melt chocolate wafers to create thin little brown spider legs.

Just keep in mind that both of these options are less healthy than pretzels but will create the same effect.

two spooky spider sandwiches displayed on a plate

Are there other filling combinations that I could use to make the spooky spider sandwiches?

Yes! Nutella paired with banana slices would be one delicious option for filling these sandwiches! You could also create a peanut butter and apple sandwich with thinly sliced apples rather than jelly.

If you aren’t worried about sugar, you could also turn these sandwiches into s’more sandwiches. Spread Nutella on one side of the sandwich and melted marshmallows on the other. This creates the perfect sweet (and spooky) sandwich.

These are just a few ideas, but you can adapt the recipe to include any flavor combination that you know your kiddos will love!

Spooky Peanut Butter And Jelly Spider Sandwiches

Recipe by theshell-adminCourse: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks


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Peanut butter and jelly spider sandwiches are the perfect spooky treat for any ghosts and goblins under the age of 13 — though, we won’t judge you if you love them too!


  • 8 slices of bread

  • 48 pretzel sticks

  • 16 Wilton candy eyes

  • Strawberry jelly

  • Peanut butter

  • Large biscuit cutter


  • Place bread on a cutting board. Use the biscuit cutter to cut out the center of the bread into circles. Do this for all the slices and set aside.
  • Put peanut butter on four of the slices of bread. Put jelly on four slices of bread. Place the pieces together.
  • Stick three pretzels on each side of the sandwich for legs. Place two candy eyes on top of each sandwich.

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