15 Halloween Dinner Ideas to Haunt the Taste BudsMartina Crocker
While it seems impossible to get everyone’s mind off of candy during Halloween, the following 15 Halloween dinner ideas will definitely get family and friends excited for a spooky festive meal (especially kids!). Just don’t try to scare yourself while you’re concocting these frightful recipes.
1. Mummy Calzones
Unlike a real mummy, this Mummy Calzone recipe is one Halloween dinner idea that you’re going to want to bring to life. Entomb your favorite pizza toppings inside a golden-brown, soft calzone dough and savor the flavors for eternity (or, at least until you inevitably end up making the dish again).
Treats Needed: You’re going to need Olive Oil (opt for Roasted Garlic or Italian Herb for an extra-flavorful calzone experience. The recipe calls for sliced olives, but we recommend using Olive Tapenade and/or Asiago Parmesan Tapenade instead.
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2. Chicken Pot Fright
Give the traditionally comforting Chicken Pot Pie dinner a frightening (yet tasty) twist for Halloween dinner. This Chicken Pot Fright allows you to get creative for Halloween. Instead of the traditional puff pastry crust, you’ll add a Halloween-shaped puff pastry into the bowl of pot pie. The recipe has you making a crawling hand, though you can just as easily make a ghost, pumpkin, or another spooky shape of your choice.
Treats Needed: Garlic Sea Salt is a must to get enough flavor to match the fright. Add Mediterranean Herbs to taste for a unique, savory flavor profile in your pot pie. You can use butter but we prefer Olive Oil as a healthier substitute, and for a more savory taste as well.
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3. Spaghetti and Eyeballs
Just like Frankenstein used to make, this Spaghetti and Eyeballs Halloween dinner idea is the kind of freakish creation that shows the delicious consequences of experimenting on a classic recipe.
Treats Needed: This recipe calls for garlic cloves, which can be supplemented and complemented by Roasted Garlic Sea Salt and Roasted Garlic Olive Oil. You can also add other herb flavors with Basil Olive Oil and Italian Herb Olive Oil.
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Turns out lanterns aren’t the only thing you can make with the jack-o’-lantern shape, and they’re certainly not the yummiest. Jack-o’-Dillas cheese quesadillas are an easy and fun Halloween dinner idea good for the whole family. Turn cheesy into spooky without even having to carve a pumpkin.
Treats Needed: Olive Oil to lightly brush over the tortillas for a perfect golden-brown, perfectly crispy effect. Apply a layer of Gourmet Jam or Tapenade to the inside to elevate the flavors of the dish.
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5. Chic’kins (Chicken Pumpkins)
Turn chicken bites into a Halloween dinner treat by making them look like pumpkins. All it takes is some creative shaping and some celery stalks to use as the pumpkin stems. Even though you can’t give these crispy, savory treats out to trick-or-treaters, they’re so good that you and the family will be popping them back like candy.
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6. Stuffed Pasta Brain
If you’re going for a Halloween dinner idea with a frightening visual, look no further than inside this Stuffed Pasta Brain recipe. It turns out that when constructed properly, spaghetti and marinara sauce can look a lot like bloody brains. Kids will love it, especially when they cut in to find meatballs and more sauce gushing out.
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Chicken wings are always a family favorite, but when they’re served on Halloween they’re called “Bat” Wings. We recommend pairing this recipe with some cool bat decorations, or even better, a bat-shaped platter to add to the theme of the dish. Your family is sure to go batty over this fun dish!
Treats Needed: A great Barbecue Sauce is a key to the flavor of your “Bat” Wings. Jalapeno BBQ Sauce has a sweet, tangy flavor perfect for Halloween, as well as a dark color that fits the theme of the dish.
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8. Monster Burgers
Are your kids afraid of monsters under the bed? How about monsters under the bun? These Monster Burgers are not only an easy Halloween dinner idea, but they’re also super fun to make and get creative with. All you need to do is make your usual burger recipe and then use condiments as decoration to make them Monster Burgers.
Add “eyes” to the top bun by placing sliced cherry tomatoes on it or using toothpicks with olives. Cut the edge of cheese slices into the shape of teeth and have it stick out of the bun. Get creative with it!
9. Rib Cage Ribs
You can make dishes scarier on Halloween just through its presentation. Case-and-point: Rib Cage Ribs. For this Halloween dish, you’ll be making delicious short ribs and then serving on a platter laid out in the form of a rib cage. Add the Stuffed Pasta Brain dish on top to create an even eerier effect. Do you know what’s even scarier? Just how delicious these ribs taste.
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10. Ghostly Pizza
Full disclosure: you may be haunted by this Ghostly Pizza recipe when your family asks you to make it every Halloween. Not only is it super fun to make, but you can also customize it with all your favorite pizza treat toppings. If it disappears off of people’s plates quickly, don’t worry. It’s not a ghost, it’s just that good.
Treats Needed: Olive Oil for the baking sheet. Use Roasted Garlic Olive Oil or Rosemary Olive Oil to add hints of flavor (it smells devine, too). Asiago Parmesan Tapenade is a fantastic pizza topping to add with sauce, as well as Garlic & Herb Hot Sauce for a little bite. Sprinkle Banana Pepper Rings on top for a fresh, zesty flavor.
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11. Eye-Popping Blood Soup
Not to fear, the blood in this recipe is actually tomato soup. And the eyeballs floating around in it are mozzarella balls with pimento-stuffed olives. So, while this Eye-Popping Blood Soup is a frightful sight perfect for Halloween, it’s also one of the best comfort foods you can serve during the chillier month of October.
Treats Needed: Instead of butter, try Butter Olive Oil that has a fantastic buttery flavor while being much healthier for you. Choose your favorite gourmet Sea Salts and Seasonings for spookily savory flavoring.
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12. Jack-o’-Licious Sweet Potato Pie
Instead of carving a pumpkin, carve a puff pastry into a Jack-o’-Licious Sweet Potato Pie for dinner. You’ll be making a delicious sweet potato pie recipe (with your choice to add chicken or not) and carving the top of the pie to look like the face of a jack-o’-lantern. One bite will light up your eyes brighter than a jack-o’-lantern!
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13. Spinach Ricotta Skulls
There’s nothing dead about this Spinach Ricotta Skulls Halloween dinner idea, as it packs a flavorful punch that will make anyone feel alive after one bite. The presentation, though, is very fit for Halloween. A perfect start to a spooky meal!
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14. Snakesticks and Blood Soup
Like some ghoulish sorcerer, you’ll be turning breadsticks into snakes for this Halloween dinner idea. The recipe involves twisting breadsticks into a “slithery” snack shape and decorating with food coloring and poppy seeds (or any other seed you like). Frankly, you can bake Snakesticks to go with anything, like some of the scary pasta dishes also on this list. This recipe pairs them with Blood Soup, which again, is tomato soup. If you’re entertaining kids for dinner, they’ll have so much fun with the Snakesticks that you should be sure to make a few extra.
Treats Needed: Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil is perfect for using in soups for that comforting texture and flavor.
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15. Toxic Waste Mac and Cheese
Toxic waste makes for a slimy fun visual for Halloween dinner, but this Toxic Waste Mac and Cheese recipe tastes whatever the opposite of toxic is. Heavenly? If you can serve this dish in a dark bowl or serving dish it will fit the Halloween theme even more. The best possible vessel for Toxic Waste Mac and Cheese is a cauldron if you can get your hands on one. It helps to know a witch.
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