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Friday, October 22, 2010


These creepy crawly spiders might gross you out, but they sure are tasty! And what better way to get in the Spirit of Halloween. I made these crypts for my college kids years ago and they were a HUGE hit, so I thought I would share the idea with you. The download is free and includes recipes for the spiders and a Halloween drink and also the instructions to make your own crypt. Get it here and let me know what you think! I've also included my creepy spider drink recipe below so that you can try it out...

Creepy Crawly Spiders

Spider Body ingredients
1 cup water    
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter  
4 eggs  
1 tsp. black food coloring
1 package black licorice 
Red candies for eyes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium saucepan, combine the water, butter and black food coloring. 

Bring to a boil over low heat.  Add the flour all at once and whisk vigorously to blend in all the flour. 

Remove from heat and add eggs one at a time, beating each egg addition well until smooth.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Turn off oven and let sit in oven to cool for 15 minutes.  Do not open oven door during baking.  Cut bodies in half and fill with spider guts.  Spread chocolate fudge frosting on top of each spider body.   Attach the two red eyes with the frosting.   Cut each licorice piece in half and in half again lengthwise making 4 legs out of each licorice twist.  You will need 2 licorice twists for each spider.  Cut toothpicks in half, with the pointed end gently push the tip of the toothpick into the end of each licorice leg.  Insert the legs into the body.  These spider friends may look disgusting, but you will not be able to keep your guests away.  These spiders will disappear in no time.  (Makes 12 spiders)

Spider guts: (cream filling)
One 4 oz. package instant chocolate pudding  (make according to pkg. directions).
1 cup cool whip
Black food coloring

Make chocolate pudding according to pkg. directions and add black food coloring.  Fold in cool whip.  Spider guts are ready. 

Crypt Instructions

What You Will Need:
Cardboard  (a big box works great)
Duck Tape
Gray craft paint
Spider webs
Hands (optional)  have them holding the
          crypt or coming out of the crypt
Black marker
Exacto Knife (or sharp scissors)
Glue gun

Putting the Crypt Together:
Using the enclosed template and exacto knife, cut out the crypt top and bottom.

Cut a 4”x 41  1/2 ” strip of cardboard for the sides.  Bend this piece of cardboard at every point on the crypt.  Glue the side piece to the bottom of the crypt.    You can paint the crypt with gray paint now and cover each seam with duct tape after you have painted it or you can cover the crypt seems with duck tape and then paint the crypt.  (Depends on if you want the duct tape to be shiny or painted.  Attach the crypt top lid with duct tape.  With the black marker write the saying and make cracks on the crypt.  Decorate crypt with spider webs and spiders.    Fill the crypt with yummy Halloween treats and display at a party or doorbell ditch your favorite spooks.

If your cardboard is not long enough then cut cardboard the following measurements:
  One 4”x 6” piece
  Two 4”x11” pieces
  Three 4”x 4  1/2” pieces

Tape pieces together using the diagram below as a guide.  Follow remaining
directions above.
I feel something crawling up my leg!

To print the images below, left right on the image and then right click. Save the image to your computer. 

               NOTE:  It is important that you left click first to get a high res image! 

I recommend inserting the image into a word document or power point.  Print takes leaving a small white border along the outside edge.   

Creepy Spider Drink:
1/2 cup orange juice concentrate (or one orange, peeled)
4 large strawberries (frozen or fresh)
1/2 banana
2 cups milk (for a richer drink you can use 1 cup half & half and 1 cup milk)
1/2 cup agave (a healthy alternative to sugar, you can find it in most grocery stores) 
       or ½ cup sugar
2 cups crushed ice
Whipped topped

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  Top with whipped topping and a spider. Makes 4 Servings. Add orange food coloring if desired.  

Just for fun, use anyway you like:
Here lies ______________nice and neat,
She died from eating too many treats!
Here lies ______________________ once so thin,
Now take note of the double chin.
Here lies _________________________, oh so dandy…
Expired from an overdose of candy.
Here lies candy for ___________________________ and her man,
If she can’t eat it, he sure can.
Creep E. Bones
Frank N. Stein
Dee Kay
Fray D. Cat

Jack O. Lantern

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