Chocolate Spider Trifle

Oreo & pudding filled Chocolate Spider Trifle is creamy and spooky. It is a perfect show-stopper for Halloween!

Fun and festive Halloween desserts like this chocolate spider trifle are a must!! We also can’t go without making Graveyard Dirt Cake, Chocolate Pudding Spider Pies, and Gummy Worm Jello Cups for any and all Halloween festivities.

chocolate spider trifle topped with a spider  in a glass dish

ready for some fun Halloween recipes?!

Today’s recipe is one that I’ve been wanting to make for awhile. My family loved my Grasshopper Trifle so much that I decided to make a Halloween version that was just chocolate and involved some 8-legged friends.

The result? A Chocolate Spider Trifle that was a huge hit! I admit our friends were a little surprised when I pulled out the Halloween dessert last month, but they also know I do things way in advance and weren’t too shocked. LOL!

The best part about this recipe is it can be enjoyed all year long. Just leave off the Hershey’s syrup web and spider and top with some crushed Oreos, and you’re set! This trifle is also great because it feeds a ton and is great for Halloween parties and events. If you’re all for simple and delicious chocolate desserts, this one is for you.

Layers of chocolate pudding and crushed Oreo

making Halloween Trifle

CAKE. Make cake as directed on box. Let cool and cut into cubes.

PUDDING. Make pudding by mixing pudding mixes and milk. Add half the Cool Whip and mix well. Set aside.

LAYER. Add half the cake cubes to the bottom of the trifle dish and add half the crushed Oreos. Spread on half the pudding cream mixture and repeat layers. Top with remaining Cool Whip.

GARNISH + ENJOY!! Carefully add Hershey’s Syrup to the top starting in the middle and swirl around in circles until you get to the edges. Using a toothpick, draw out lines from the center to create syrup web. Add spider. ENJOY!

Brownie cubes on top of layers of Oreo and pudding

Tips + Variations

To serve, use a large spoon with a long handle to get all of the layers into a single serving. You can also make individual trifles using clear 8-10 oz cups. 

To make this spider trifle more chocolate-y you could use dark chocolate pudding mix, and/or triple chocolate fudge cake mix.

I love how simply cute and delicious this turned out to be, but I have thought of some other variations you might like to try:

  • If you have the time, use a homemade chocolate cake  
  • To save even more time buy an unfrosted chocolate cake from the bakery
  • Replace the chocolate cake with an orange cake mix to add a pop of color.
  • Use brownie instead of cake
  • Use orange Halloween Oreos and break into chunks
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts, chocolate chips or crushed butterfinger over the layers for a bit of crunch
  • Add ghost and pumpkin peeps around the perimeter of the glass bowl then fill with the cake and pudding mix
  • Use edible spiders to put on top
  • Divide the ingredients into individual sized plastic cups. Add a spiderweb and a spider ring to the top of each cup.

chocolate spider web on whipped cream

Storing Info

Assemble the chocolate spider trifle a few hours before serving and store it covered in the fridge. You could probably get away with assembling it the night before, but any further than that and the cake can become soggy and pudding may lose some of its texture. You can, however,  make the ingredients further ahead and store them separately until it’s time to assemble the trifle. 

STORE leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Chocolate spider trifle in a glass dish

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Chocolate Spider Trifle Recipe

4.84 from 6 votes
Oreo & pudding filled Chocolate Spider Trifle is creamy and spooky. It is a perfect show-stopper for Halloween!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 352 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix plus ingredients on back
  • 6.6 oz instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 large container cool whip 16 oz.
  • 1 package Oreos
  • Hershey's Syrup
  • Plastic spider

Instructions
 

  • Make cake as directed on box. Let cool and cut into cubes.
  • Make pudding by mixing pudding mixes and milk. Add half the Cool Whip and mix well. Set aside.
  • Add half the cake cubes to the bottom of the trifle dish and add half the crushed Oreos. Spread on half the pudding cream mixture and repeat layers.
  • Top with remaining Cool Whip.
  • Carefully add Hershey's Syrup to the top starting in the middle and swirl around in circles until you get to the edges. Using a toothpick, draw out lines from the center to create syrup web. Add spider. ENJOY!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. A trifle made with oreos? Yes please! I am printing this one so I can try it out. Your pictures are making my mouth water 🙂

  2. Can I make this in advance? I’m wanting to take it to a party tomorrow but wondering if I can assemble the trifle tonight?

    1. I haven’t made it a day ahead, but I think it should be ok. I wish I knew better! If you do, let me know how it is! Thanks so much!

  3. I’m making this today for a halloween party – was wondering what size of cool whip? 8 oz or 16 oz? Thanks so much! Excited to have this!

  4. 4 stars
    Just made this tonight for a halloween party with my 9-year old son. He loved making it with me & it was such an easy, festive dessert to make, and a big hit at the party. As I was leaving my 85 year old grandma asked me if i had left her any – don’t worry, Grandma, already had you covered!

  5. 5 stars
    I won a church dessert contest last year with your choc trifle recipe. Thanks. MakIng again for MemOrial Day without the spider web. Im sure it will be a hit.

  6. 5 stars
    My 11 year old daughter and I made this together. It was so much fun and not too difficult. It turned out super cute and super yummy.