Very Fun Halloween Dinner Ideas
We know it can be tempting to eat nothing but treats on October 31st, especially with all the cute Halloween breakfast ideas and kid-friendly recipes. But trust us, if you have the energy to go door-to-door, you need something to eat in addition to cookies and cupcakes. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best Halloween dinner ideas for kids. You’ll find cute creations your kids will love, like macaroni, cheese or chicken feet – and plenty of dishes featuring seasonal ingredients like pumpkin. One of our favorite Halloween recipe ideas? Classic Dinner: Pasta. This version has an interesting twist; the prosciutto-wrapped meatballs roll out when you cut into the slightly creepy brain!
Get the Recipe: Meatball Stuffed Pasta Brains
Pumpkin Lover Lasagna
Rachael uses all the best fall flavors—like butternut squash, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree—in this baked pasta dish.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Lover Lasagna
Spicy and Juicy Lucifer Sliders
To make sure the tops of the sliders are nicely browned, check that the broiler flame is on when you put them in. Many broilers turn on and off as they work, so it’s important to grill these quick-cooking burgers during the “on” cycle.
Get the recipe: Spicy and Juicy Lucy-fer Sliders
Macaroni and Cheese Bowls
Impress your family with these orange bell pepper jack-o-lanterns. You can even get your kids to eat more vegetables this way!
Get the recipe: Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls
Mummy Chicken Fingers
Give chicken fingers an extra crunchy coating by wrapping them (like mummies) in phyllo dough. The chicken is marinated with teriyaki, so it’s guaranteed to be delicious – so don’t worry if you don’t have time to make a dipping sauce to serve with it.
Get the recipe: Mummy Chicken Fingers
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Trisha’s Quick and Easy Tortilla Soup is perfect before a night of trick-or-treating. With hundreds of 5-star reviews (fans rave about it being “full of flavor” and “the best I’ve ever made”), it’s guaranteed to please kids and adults alike.
Get the Recipe: Teresa Chicken Tortilla Soup
Kids will love the “nausea” factor of eating worms, but everyone will appreciate that these modified sausages and peppers are delicious too.
Get the recipe: Wormy Weenie Sandwiches
Halloween Party Pizza
What’s the best way to get your kids to eat before heading out for a night of sweets and fun? Halloween themed mini pizzas decorated like ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and spiders.
Get the recipe: Halloween Party Pizza
Blood Orange Shrimp Stir-Fry
Stir fry is quick and easy – perfect for when you need a quick family meal. The fact that it’s sweetened with blood oranges (in a nod to Halloween) makes it even better.
Get the recipe: Blood Orange Shrimp Stir Fry
Spaghetti Worm Cups with Bolognese
Maneet uses cuttlefish ink spaghetti to give her bolognese cups an eerie black color. If you can’t find it at your local supermarket, black bean pasta is a good substitute.
Get the Recipe: Spaghetti Bolognese Worm Cups
hot dog mummy
Made from store-bought crescent dough, these mummy dogs will be a hit at dinner or a Halloween party. The dough is very forgiving and easy to wrap, and the best part is that it doesn’t need to be perfect – these are ancient mummies after all.
Get the Recipe: Hot Dog Mummy
Like the fairy godmother in the kitchen, you can turn boring chicken into a magical pumpkin with just one “swish” of your knife.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Squash
Pumpkin Black Bean Chili
Before you go out for a night of trick-or-treating, have a bowl of chili. Hearty ingredients like squash and black beans will keep you and your kids full all night.
Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Black Bean Chili
Green Chicken Finger Sandwiches
These crispy chicken fingers get their Wicked Witch inspiration from a secret ingredient in the panko crust: matcha powder!
Get the recipe: Green Chicken Finger Sandwiches
individual horrible white pizza
These pizzas are super easy to make. You can use store bought dough and skip the sauce – you don’t need to worry about stretching the dough into perfect circles!
Get the recipe: Single Scary White Pizza
Pastries are a frozen staple. Always have a box on hand to wrap just about anything – including kid-friendly, Halloween-inspired meatballs!
Get the recipe: Meatball Mummy
This dinner might look like a scary sea monster, but the only scary thing about those tentacles is how delicious they are! Stuffed with pesto, crumbled salami and lots of cheese, they’re the perfect way to enjoy pizza on Halloween night.
Get the recipe: Pizza Tentacles
Monster Veggie Burger
Need something to step up your candy party night trick-or-treating? These crazy veggie burgers are just that. They’re full of veggies and veggies, but how can they protest – monsters are green, right?if you want to add tomorrow For cheese, place a slice on each crispy patty for the last minute or two of cooking.
Get the recipe: Monster Veggie Burger
Sweet Potato Tofu Casserole
This family-friendly casserole with sweet potato balls is hearty, popular, and easy to make. This is a great dish before trick-or-treating or any casual fall dinner. The filling can be prepared a day or two in advance – just top it with cheese and frozen baby beans before baking.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole