October 25, 2018

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! I love Halloween and I'm excited to be able to start some fun holiday family traditions now that our twins are toddlers. We just helped them carve a pumpkin tonight and their favorite part was pulling out all the seeds and goop from the inside. They are dressing up as a butterfly and a bee and will be going to a few houses in our neighborhood for their first trick or treat this year! They don't really understand it all yet, but they've really been enjoying seeing all the pumpkins, scarecrows, and other decorations going up in the neighborhood plus going to places like our local pumpkin farm. I've made monster face pizza in the past for Halloween for just my husband and I, but I thought incorporating some spiders would be fun as well! It's not perfect -- as the pizza cooks some of the toppings shift in the cheese, but that's okay - it's still cute! This recipe will make two approximately 12-inch pizzas and should feed about 4 people. The topping amounts will really depend on you - I'm providing a guideline here - you can add more/less of anything depending on your preferences. We usually have a salad with our pizza dinners, or raw vegetables and dip.

Spider and monster face Halloween pizza
prepared pizza dough (store bought or this is my favorite homemade)
coarse cornmeal, optional
8 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
red onion

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

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.

Spread half of the sauce onto each pizza, 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.

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.

Next place pepperoni on the pizza in the gaps around the spiders. Slice green olives and use them for eyes. Then you can 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!

Bake the pizzas on the bottom rack for about 12-15 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese bubbly and browned. If using pizza stones you can bake one at a time.

What was I cooking one year ago?: Jack O' Lantern cheese quesadillas
Two years ago?: sour cream apple pie
Three years ago?: apple fritters
Four years ago?: spooky chocolate chip spider cookies
Five?: salsa verde
Six?: German sweet & sour red cabbage
Seven?: maple glazed pumpkin cake
8?: chili w/ pumpkin & black beans


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

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

  3. How cute, my grandchildren would love it.

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


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