Halloween dinners are a fun way to celebrate the holiday before going out trick or treating. Get some real food into your kids before they gorge on candy with these Halloween meals. While these spooky dinners would be great for your own family, they also would make perfect Halloween main dishes for a potluck. A Halloween dinner party will be extra scary fun with these fun halloween dinners.
If you don’t know, I really love Halloween and I really love making food fun. It’s kind of my thing – I grew up messing around with my parents in the kitchen, eating snowman pancakes on Christmas, and crafting the craziest cakes for birthdays. Food is my love language, but it’s also a creative outlet for me – a way to be creative but not have to deal with the aftermath. With food, you don’t have pottery or canvas laying around – you get to eat it!
A few years ago I shared my most popular post – Chicken Boo-dle Soup and I realized that, yup, there are other crazies out there that like making fun food!
I love making fun Halloween dinners before we go out trick-or-treating. While it sounds like an extravagance, the truth of the matter is that getting a kid to eat a non sugar-packed meal when the promise of hundreds of fun sized candy bars lies on the other side of dinner time is a painful experience. What kid wants to eat dinner when they’re jonesing to go run around and fill up their bucket?
A fun Halloween dinner helps with this – by making a fun Halloween meal your kids actually WANT to eat dinner – they’re excited to see what spooky feast you’re whipping up and since it’s so festive it doesn’t feel like you’re breaking up the fun. Instead, you’re just continuing a fun tradition.
If you’re looking for a Halloween meal to serve this year before your kids go out trick-or-treating or to serve as a Halloween party meal, I’ve got you covered with some spooky fun dinner ideas!
Chicken Boo-dle Soup My favorite post of all time isn’t just fun, it’s crazy easy. Dye some bow tie noodles black and cut the carrots to look like pumpkins and you’ve got a kid friendly Halloween meal that you won’t mind having leftovers of.
Halloweegan Dead Man Burgers Need to feed some vegetarians? These homemade veggie burgers are almost, dare I say, cute?
Spooky Shepard’s Pie So easy – Take you favorite Shepard’s pie recipe and pipe the mashed potatoes on top to look like ghosts!
Mini Spider Pizzas You really can’t beat pizza, especially with olive spiders!
Chicken Sandwich Monsters These are so easy and would be so cute made mini for a Halloween party food!
Halloween Feetloaf Every year I see these and I can’t decide if I’m horrified or delighted by how spooky they are.
Pizza Mummy Braid This would be a hit at my house, and you could probably par bake it ahead of time!
Jack-o-lantern Cheeseburgers About as easy as it gets – if the weather is still warm come Halloween it would also mean little to no dishes!
Halloween Spiderweb Pizza Homemade pizza is so easy – making it into this spiderweb pizza looks like not much more work!
Mummy Nuggets and Pizza Rolls As kid friendly as it gets, these mummy nuggets take frozen chicken nuggets and pizza rolls, cover them in cut crescent dough and sliced olives before baking.
Monster Eye Asparagus Gruyere Tart For a more sophisticated Halloween dinner, you can’t get much better than this tart.
Halloween Jack O Lantern Sandwiches How fun are these? They would be so easy to make, too.
Jack o Lantern Stuffed Pepper – A fun Halloween meal PLUS food in a vegetable? Yup, this mom is impressed.
Scary Monster Tacos Because there is never a wrong time for tacos.
Meatball Creepy Crawler Meatball + bread + spooky fun = such a fun idea.
Mac O Lanterns – another kid favorite – macaroni and cheese!
Mummy Meatloaf – My friend Deb over at Bowl Me Over made this live last year and I totally want to try it this year!
Tarantula Tostadas these take barely any more work than normal tacos.
Toxic Waste Mac and Cheese – You know my love for hidden veggies – this is so smart and kind of gross looking.
Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs – the perfect Halloween party food
Bite Sized Puff Pastry Eyeballs – Do you really need any reason to eat puff pastry? Noooope.
Spiderweb Nachos I mean, nachos are always welcome – Halloween nachos? Definitely.
Pizza Skulls – these require a special pan, but they’re totally worth it. The Pinterest reviews all are raving!
Meatball Mummies – Skip the mess pasta and sauce – meatballs covered in dough and baked to look like a spooky mummy are the perfect Halloween dinner.
Looking to make a whole day of Halloween food fun? Grab my free Halloween Menu Planner with over 40 Halloween recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert that you can mix and match to make your perfectly spooky day of eats!
So tell me – what do you eat before going trick or treating? Do you have a tradition? Let me know in the comments!
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