Terrifyingly Fun Halloween Dinner Ideas
We know it’s tempting to eat nothing but goodies on October 31, especially with all the adorable Halloween breakfast ideas and kid-friendly recipes. But trust us, you’ll have to eat something other than cookies and cupcakes if you want to have enough energy to go door-to-door. That’s why we’ve rounded up our best Halloween dinner ideas for kids. You’ll find fun ideas that your little ones will love, such as macaroni and cheese or chicken fingers – along with plenty of dishes using seasonal ingredients like pumpkin. One of our favorite Halloween recipe ideas? A classic dinner: spaghetti. This version has a nice twist; when you cut into the rather creepy brain, prosciutto wrapped meatballs come tumbling out!
Get the Recipe: Meatball Stuffed Pasta Brain
Pumpkin Lovers Lasagna
Rachael uses the best fall flavors in this baked pasta dish, such as pumpkin, nutmeg and pumpkin puree.
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Spicy Juicy Lucy-fer Sliders
To make sure your slides brown nicely, make sure the broiler flame is on when you put them in. Many broilers go on and off as they work, so it’s important to fry these quick-cook burgers on an “on” cycle.
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Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls
Impress your family with these orange bell pepper jack-o-lanterns. This way you can even get your kids to eat more vegetables!
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Mummy aki Chicken Fingers
Give chicken fingers an extra crunchy layer by wrapping them (just like mummies) in strips of filo dough. The chicken is marinated in teriyaki, so it’s guaranteed to be flavorful and delicious — so don’t worry if you don’t have time to make the dipping sauce to serve on the side.
Get the Recipe: Mummy-aki Chicken Fingers
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Trisha’s quick and easy tortilla soup is the perfect snack before heading out for a night of trick-or-treating. With hundreds of 5-star reviews (and fans raving that it’s “full of flavor” and “the best I’ve ever made”), it’s guaranteed to delight kids and adults alike.
Get the Recipe: Trisha’s Tortilla Soup With Chicken
Wormy Weenie Sandwiches
Kids will love the “yuck” factor of eating worms, but everyone will appreciate that these dressing up versions of sausage and peppers are pretty tasty too.
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Pizzas for Halloween parties
The best way to get your kids to eat before heading out for a night of sweets and fun? Halloween themed mini pizzas decorated to look like ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and spiders.
Get the Recipe: Halloween Party Pizzas
Blood Orange-Shrimp Stir-fry
Stir-frying is quick and easy — the perfect choice when you need a quick family meal. The fact that this one is sweetened with blood oranges (for a fun nod to Halloween) makes it even more delicious.
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Spaghetti Wormcups with Bolognese
Maneet uses squid paste to give her Bolognese cups their terrifying black color. If you can’t find it at your local grocery store, black bean paste is a great substitute.
Get the Recipe: Spaghetti Worm Cups with Bolognese
hot dog mummies
Made with store-bought crescent dough, these mummy dogs will be a hit at dinner or any Halloween party. The dough is very forgiving and easy to pack, and the best part is, it doesn’t have to be perfect – these are old mummies, after all.
For the recipe: Hot Dog Mummies
Like a fairy mother in the kitchen, you can turn boring chicken bites into magical pumpkins with just a “whip” of the knife.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Pumpkins
Squash-Black Bean Chili
Sit back with a bowl of chili before heading out for an evening of trick-or-treating. Hearty ingredients like pumpkin and black beans will keep you and your little ones full all night long.
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Finger sandwiches with green chicken
These crispy chicken fingers get their mean, witch-inspired hue from a secret ingredient in the pan coconut: matcha powder!
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Individual scary white pizzas
These pizzas are hauntingly easy to make. You can use store-bought dough and skip the sauce — and not worry about the dough stretching into perfect circles!
Get the Recipe: Individual Scary White Pizzas
Puff pastry is a staple in the freezer. Always keep a box handy and use it to pack just about anything — including kid-friendly Halloween-inspired meatballs!
Get the Recipe: Meatball Mummies
This dinner might look like a terrifying sea monster, but the only scary thing about those tentacles is how delicious they are! Filled with pesto, crumbled Italian sausage, and lots of cheese, they’re the perfect way to enjoy pizza on Halloween night.
Get the Recipe: Pizza Tentacles
Monster Veggie Burgers
Need something to amplify your trick or treaters for a night of candy collecting? These amazing veggie burgers are exactly what you’re looking for. They’re full of fruits and vegetables, but how can they protest — monsters are green, right? If you want to add Lake cheese, stick a slice on top of each crispy patty in the last minute or two of cooking.
Get the Recipe: Monster Veggie Burgers
Sweet Potato To Casserole
This family-friendly casserole topped with sweet potato pancakes is hearty, crowd-pleasing, and easy to make. It’s a great dish for a trick or treat or for a casual fall dinner. The filling can be prepared a day or two ahead of time – sprinkle with the cheese and freezer tins before baking.
Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato To Casserole