September 28, 2021

Spider and monster face Halloween pizza

Halloween pizza topped with black olive spiders and monster face pepperoni.

Black olive spiders and monster faces made of pepperoni, green olives, and red onions make for super fun Halloween pizza toppings and a spooky Halloween dinner! 

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year and I love coming up with both sweet and savory recipes to create fun food around the holiday. One that I've been making for years (even before we had kids), is this pizza topped with black olive spiders and pepperoni monster faces with green olive eyes and red onion mouths.

Now that we have kids, they love this pizza as well and I usually make it the night before Halloween since it's a little time consuming. On Halloween night, we generally have Jack O' Lantern Cheese Quesadillas with tomato soup so that we can get out trick or treating right away before it gets dark.  

It's also a fun pizza to make for a Halloween movie night with family or friends. It's perfect for any Halloween get together!

The amount of toppings for this recipe will vary depending on the final size of your pizzas and also your preference. You need a can of whole black olives that you will slice up into spiders as shown below. You won't use all of the olives, but you need whole ones, rather than pre-sliced olives, to make the shape of the spider bodies.

Put on as many spiders as you like on your pizzas, leaving room for pepperoni to make your monsters. It's up to you how you want to arrange them. Please remember that they don't need to be perfect and that some will likely tip over in the cooking process as the cheese melts. It's all for fun!

Black olive spiders being assembled on a cutting board.

Next you need your favorite pepperoni, sliced green olives, and a little bit of red onion to make the monster faces. These, again, need not be perfect. 

I try to make some different mouth shapes with the onion. Smiles, frowns, and "surprised" faces- this is where you can get a little creative and have fun. The small inside circles of the onion are perfect for this.

I like the color contrast with the green olives, but you can use more sliced black olives for the monster eyes, of you prefer. You can use white onions instead of red. If you don't like onions, you can also use thin slices of red peppers and cut them down to make a mouth.

Place monster faces around the spiders until you have enough toppings. Then bake and enjoy! I always serve pizza with salad or raw veggies and dip like ranch for a complete meal.

Close up of a monster face on a pizza.

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Yield: about 6 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Spider and Monster Face Halloween Pizza

Spider and Monster Face Halloween Pizza

Black olive spiders and monster faces made of pepperoni, green olives, and red onions make for super fun Halloween pizza toppings and a spooky Halloween dinner!

Ingredients

  • prepared pizza dough (store bought or this is my favorite homemade)
  • coarse cornmeal, optional
  • 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 cups grated mozzarella cheese (can also use some provolone and/or Parmesan with the mozzarella)
  • black olives, pitted
  • green olives with pimentos
  • pepperoni
  • red onion

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Divide the dough in half and roll it out on a floured surface using a floured rolling pin into approximately a 12-inch circle if using pizza stones (or shape into a rectangle if using baking pans). Sprinkle the stones or pans with a little coarse cornmeal to help prevent sticking and then put the pizza dough on top.
  3. Spread half of the sauce onto each pizza (you don't have to use it all if it's too much), leaving about a half inch around the edge bare. Sprinkle one teaspoon of Italian seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder over each. Then top each with half of the cheese.
  4. Cut the black olives in half lengthwise. Use one half for the body of the spider. Then slice the other half into 4-5 pieces, depending on the size of the olive. Use the end for a head piece and the others for legs (you want 8 legs in total, 4 on each side of each spider). Place these on the pizza as shown below. I put about 6-7 spiders on each pizza.
  5. Next, place pepperoni on the pizza in the gaps around the spiders. Slice green olives and use them for eyes. Then, thinly slice red onions to use for mouths. I like to make a couple of slices and pull out the center rings for some "O" shaped mouths and then also cut some slices for happy and sad faces. It's up to you!
  6. Bake the pizzas on the bottom rack for about 15 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese bubbly and browned. If using pizza stones or large baking sheets, you can bake one at a time, if needed. Or, place one on the bottom rack and one on a higher rack and rotate halfway through cooking.
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Finished Halloween pizza topped with black olive spiders and monster faces of pepperoni, green olive eyes, and red onion mouths.

Check out these other Halloween recipes:

Jack O' Lantern Cheese Quesadillas

Individual Jack Skellington Cheesecakes

Spooky Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies

White Chocolate Mummy Crispy Rice Treats

Halloween Hidden Bat Loaf Cake 

14 comments:

  1. Such a FUN and delicious treat! Those olive spiders are so vivid.

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  2. This pizza looks so fun. What a great idea.

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  3. How cute, my grandchildren would love it.

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  4. What a great mother you are! It's perfect and I bet your little butterfly and bee loved it.

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  5. This pizza is just adorable. We're having a Halloween party and this is going to be the star!

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  6. What a fun, and delicious, pizza. My son and his friends will love it.

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  7. This is just too stinkin' adorable! I cannot wait to try this and share with my grandsons!

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  8. So cute! I made the little spiders on pizza last year but now I need to do the monster faces!

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  9. Two of my favorite things, pizza and Halloween! This will be a super fun meal to make with my niece!

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  10. Very creative! And tasty, too. Fun stuff -- thanks.

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  11. This is totally cute! I need to make more Halloween dishes!

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  12. I make deviled eggs and other things with those kind of olive spiders. I am looking forward to trying them on pizza with your recipe!

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  13. Very cute idea and I love that it is not a sweet Halloween treat. My grandkids would love it - especially since we are big olive lovers too.

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