It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m talking about Halloween, of course! My favorite holiday. If you’re like me and like to get a head start planning for Halloween parties and other spooky-themed treats for kids, you’re going to want to pin today’s post, as I’m sharing an eerily easy variation on a favorite kid’s treat. Use crescent rolls and hot dogs to make this Halloween version of pigs in a blanket, which I call Spooky Spider Hot Dogs! Kids love this spider hot dog recipe, and they are an easy snack for a Halloween party, too. If you’re looking for more Halloween party food ideas for kids, check out this Halloween party post here.
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How to make hot dog spiders
This hot dog spiders recipe is super easy because you use packaged crescent rolls as a starting point (I am all about the shortcuts!). Keeping the crescent dough in rectangles to start with, I press the perforation between triangles together to keep the rectangles intact.
The rectangles are then cut down the center length-wise so you end up with eight long strips of crescent dough.
To make the spider “legs” for these hot dog spiders, cut a two-inch long slice down the center of one end of the hot dog. Follow this with two more slices of the same length on either side to make four equally-sized “legs.”
Flip that dog around, and make the same cuts on the opposite side.
Roll the strips around the center of the dog, and bake your spider hot dogs per the instructions in the recipe below.
To make “eyes” for your hot dog spiders I use a chopstick to dot on little ketchup “eyes.” If you want your spider hot dogs to be more accurate, you can make eight eyes, but I went with two to keep it simple.
Complete the scene with plastic toy spiders and other Halloween décor, and you’ve got a fun Halloween-themed afternoon snack or kid’s Halloween party food idea. Serve your Spooky Spider Hot Dog with more ketchup.
- 1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls
- 8 hot dogs
- 2 tablespoons ketchup, or to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Unroll crescent dough. Pinch or press the perforation between the triangles to get 4 rectangular pieces. Cut rectangles in half lengthwise so you have 8 narrow strips.
- Make a 2-inch slice through the center of one end of a hot dog. Cut two more 2-inch slices on either side of that, so that the ‘legs’ are about the same thickness. Repeat on the other end. Cut ‘legs’ into the remaining hot dogs.
- Roll a crescent strip around the center of each dog. Place spider dogs on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 11 minutes.
- Dip a chopstick into some ketchup and dot ‘eyes’ onto each spider. Serve with remaining ketchup.