Give your Halloween a fun surprise. Whether you are hosting a Halloween meal or simply tricking the people in your family, Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders are the perfect way to add some festive fun to any meal.
Every year we host a Halloween party at our home. It’s a small dinner where both sets of grandparents come over for a spooktacular meal. The kids wear costumes. (Hooray! For another reason to wear those adorable costumes). We take lots of pictures. Everyone gets into the Halloween spirit.
One of the best parts of the Halloween party are the crafts that we make. Every year we create a new craft. (You can read all about our other Halloween crafts – Glam Halloween Pumpkins, Painted Acorns and a Happy Halloween Party Table, and Jack-O’-Lantern Jars.)
This year we made Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders. Aren’t they adorable! With fuzzy, colourful legs, googly eyes, and a delicious treat underneath, it’s hard not to love these little critters.
When we set the table, each person had a spider on their plate, that’s the trick. But underneath the spider, there’s a little treat, a mini chocolate bar. So, they add some trick-or-treat fun to the meal. And of course, Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand, so why not start the meal with a little piece of chocolate. Right?
Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders are really easy to make. It all starts with egg cartons. I like to keep an extra egg carton, so we have some for craft time. Egg cartons are the perfect shape for these spiders because they already have a little hiding space for a treat.
To begin, carefully cut around the egg carton with scissors. You’ll want to keep as much of the egg carton shape as possible. You will need one single egg holder per spider. So you can cut out as many as you’ll need. We made eight spiders for our Halloween dinner. When they are all cut out, you are ready to paint.
We painted our Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders black, but you can paint them any colour. Egg cartons are easy to paint. They soak up so much paint, we only needed to paint one coat of paint. With less painting, there is less drying time. My five-year-old loved that.
When you are painting the egg carton, make sure to paint some of the inside. It doesn’t have to be completely covered. But you’ll want at least the bottom and lower inside covered. Since the egg carton’s bottom is not flat, you’ll be able to see some of its insides when it’s sitting. The extra paint gives it a more uniform appearance.
Each of our Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders has different coloured legs. It gave our Halloween table a fun and fancy-free design. You can use any colour pipe cleaner to make your spider legs. Maybe you want to make them all black, orange, or any other colour combination. You can’t go wrong. Each of our colourful spiders looks great in different colours. Just look at them!
To attach the legs, you can use a hot glue gun. You’ll need four pipe cleaners for each spide. When they are folded in half, you’ll have the eight legs for your spiders. Add some glue to the inside of the painted egg carton and press the pipe cleaners inside. You’ll want to hold it down for a second or two as the glue dries. Once it is dry, you can start bending the legs into place.
You can spread out the legs, so it looks like a real (but adorable) spider. I like to gently bend the bottom of the pipe cleaners to the give the Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders little feet. It also helps to keep the legs in place and help them sit better on the plate.
The final step is the eyes. Our local dollar store had self-adhesive googly eyes. I love how easy these are for kids (or adults). My five-year-old daughter could add all of the eyes without any other glue. Plus, if we didn’t like where we put them, we could easily take them off and move the eyes to a better spot.
Now, the Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders are ready for their treat! We hid tiny Halloween chocolate bars under our spiders. You can hide any treat. Whether you like candy or chocolate any mini treat can hide under your spiders. What will your spiders be hiding?
Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders
Whether you are hosting a Halloween meal or simply tricking the people in your family, Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders are the perfect way to add some festive fun to any meal.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Egg cartons
- Paint (we used black)
- Pipe cleaners (4 pipe cleaners for each spider)
- Hot glue gun (or other glue)
- Googly eyes
- Sponge brush (or paint brush)
- Using scissors, carefully cut the egg carton to separate each one.
- Paint the egg carton. You’ll want to paint the outside and some of the inside. Since the bottom is not flat, you will be able to see some of the insides of the spiders.
- When the paint is dry, fold four pipe cleaners in half.
- Add hot glue to the inside of the egg carton, right in the middle. Press the folded legs into the glue. You’ll want to hold the legs in place for a little bit, or until the glue sets.
- Fold the pipe cleaner legs around the egg carton. Bend each leg to give them are arch and carefully fold the bottom to give it a foot.
- Add googly eyes using self-adhesive eyes or using glue.
- Hide a little treat underneath. Enjoy!
If you love Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Spiders, you may also enjoy Jack-O’-Lantern Jars
If you love Halloween recipes, you may enjoy Pumpkin Vanilla Cupcakes