2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C shredded cheese blend (I used a mix of sharp, colby jack, and monterey cheddar)
3/4 C fresh shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 C mayonnaise
2 T garlic & onion chives, chopped (you could do green onions instead, but we had chives in the garden)
2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
3–5 cans black olives (depending on cheeseball size & olive size)
wooden skewers (I used 4, each cut into smaller pieces)
pimento (for eyes)
1. Blend together all the cheeses using a hand or stand mixer. Then, add in chives (or onions), seasonings, and mayo.
2. Once creamed together, shape into a spider (head & abdomen) onto a platter (I didn’t use all of it, because there was something else I wanted to try too).
3. Halve olives and begin covering the spider. Then begin construction on the legs.
4. For the legs, cut segments off a skewer (size determined by the size of your spider). Stick the cut skewer into the cheeseball (where the head and abdomen meet). Then, lace the olives onto the skewer (through their holes), leaving a little bit of the end of the skewer open. For the bottom part of the leg, lace the olives onto the skewer leaving the top part of the skewer open. To attach the two skewers, place one olive such that both skewers will stick into it (and connect). Repeat the process until the entire spider is complete.
5. For the eyes, slice an olive so that you have open rings. Inside each opening, place a pimento for some creepy red eyes!
(Source: Mom Endeavors)