These Halloween sandwiches are a must for your spooky festivities! Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches become adorable ghosts and tombstones. Plus, I’m sharing 4 helpful tips so that you can easily make these healthy Halloween treats for your next Halloween potluck!
The fun doesn’t stop with these Halloween sandwiches! While you’re here, browse our Halloween food collection to plan your party menu. Learn how to make candy apples or whip up a spooky Halloween pizza with witch fingers!
This recipe is so easy, and it’s made even simpler with the 4 tips I have for the perfect ghost and tombstone sandwiches. Keep reading for the full recipe!
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Why this recipe works
- Cute and healthy Halloween snack
- Adorable blueberry eyes
- Easily customize this recipe by using your favorite nut butter or jam
- Only need simple tools: ghost-shaped cookie cutter
Tip 1: Buy your ghost cookie cutter first, then choose the bread
Don’t get stuck with a slice of bread that’s way too small or too big; buy your bread after the cookie cutter! This will allow you to find the right bread size that minimizes the amount of bread wasted after you cut out the ghost pattern.
Tip 2: Clean off the bread edges with a knife
Sometimes it’s hard to cut bread using a cookie cutter. Dull cookie cutters will leave you with uneven edges. To fix up the outline, just use a sharp knife to clean off the edges.
Tip 3: The RIP tombstone don’t have to be perfect
Don’t fret if your RIP tombstone is a little uneven. The imperfect edges of your bread will be covered up with edible red sparkle gel.
Tip 4: Old baking sheets make it even spookier!
Try to find the darkest baking sheet you have. The more burnt, the better. A dark baking sheet gives a spooky nighttime look.
- White bread: I chose white bread for this recipe to mimic the color of ghosts. Although it’s not the healthiest option, kids love it!
- Blueberry preserves: I used blueberry preserves for my peanut butter and jelly combo for two reasons. One, because it’s my favorite, and two, because the whole blueberries work great as eyes!
- Creamy peanut butter: You can use whatever peanut butter you’d like for this recipe, but I found creamy works best to glue the two sides together.
- Green licorice: I used this candy as the grass in our graveyard!
- Coconut flakes: These are optional, but I used the coconut flakes to give the graveyard scene a spookier look.
- Red and black sparkle gel: The sparkle gels help bring our tombstone sandwiches to life!
- This 3-inch ghost cookie cuttercomes in a set with 2 fun shapes that kids will love. It’s not too small or big for the bread either, so you get perfectly sized sandwiches.
- Jam substitutions: Everyone has their own personal jam preference. If you’d like to use a different kind of jam, jelly, or preserves, feel free to do so!
- Bread substitutions: I used white bread because it’s closest to the color of the ghosts. However, you can use any kind of bread you have at home as long as the color is not too dark.
- Other substitutions: To mix things up, try making a grilled cheese ghost. Cheddar cheese would work great because of the spooky orange color!
If you’re throwing a fun Halloween party or celebrating with your family, you might get overwhelmed by the array of snacks and recipes out there. A good menu for Halloween is totally up to your preferences. I like to include some healthy options, cute decorations, and bite-sized snacks when I prepare food for the holiday!
Although there aren’t many traditional Halloween foods, the most commonly eaten ones include candy corn, pumpkin recipes, and candy apples. The fall flavors are the star, here!
Okay, healthy Halloween snacks might not be traditional, but they are much better for you! By arranging healthier foods into cute, festive shapes (like these sandwich ghosts), you can trick any picky eater into enjoying healthier treats on Halloween.
Watch my recipe video
To see exactly how I made my Halloween sandwiches and tombstone scene, watch my recipe video below!
Try these recipes too!
- See my entire collection of Halloween food
- Make these skull-shaped Halloween rice krispie treats. You can eat that creepy candy cleaver!
- Halloween pizza covered in spooky Witch fingers
- Learn how to make candy apples using a premade kit
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Halloween Sandwiches (Cute PB&J Ghosts)
- 7 slices white bread (rectangular)
- 7 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 7 tbsp blueberry preserves
- 8 pieces of green licorice (cut into 2 inch strips)
- 5 tbsp coconut flakes
- red sparkle gel
- black sparkle gel
Make the PB&J ghosts
- Using a 3-inch ghost cookie cutter, cut 8 ghost patterns out of 4 bread slices. (Note: my rectangular shaped bread slice is roughly 5 inches by 3.5 inches, so each bread slice makes 2 ghost patterns)
- Using a small knife, spread 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 1 tbsp of blueberry preserves onto 4 ghosts. Add the top of the ghost.
- Using chopsticks (or small tongs or tweezers), add two blueberries to the top side of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich so that they look like eyes.
Make the PB&J tombstone
- Decorate the bottom of a dark cookie sheet with green apple licorice so that it looks like grass.
- Place the RIP tombstones on top of the green apple licorice
- Place the ghosts in the middle of the cookie sheet.
- Scatter coconut flakes toward the top of the cookie sheet so they look like clouds.