6 Super-Fast Dinners to Make Before Trick-or-Treating

With the right recipes and a few tricks, you can treat everyone to a meal in 10 minutes or less.

October 29, 2021

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With all the excitement of Halloween, it’s easy to forget about dinner. You’re running around fixing costumes, adding the finishing touches to face paint and trying to get everyone out the door on time and then, suddenly, it’s dinnertime. Instead of waiting for takeout, why not whip up a meal at home? We’ve got a few tricks that can help you put dinner on the table fast — in 10 minutes or less!

Need a fun way to fill your kids up before a night of trick-or-treating? If you’ve got cooked, leftover spaghetti and meatballs you can make these “mummified” bites in almost no time at all.

Food Network Kitchen’s Quickest Mac and Cheese for the Grown-Up Comfort Food episode of The Kitchen, as seen on Food Network.


Food Network Kitchen’s Quickest Mac and Cheese for the Grown-Up Comfort Food episode of The Kitchen, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Renee Comet

Renee Comet

The name says it all with this creamy classic (that’s way better than the boxed stuff!). The sauce comes together in a flash. When it’s ready just pour over cooked pasta and enjoy.

Chicago Dogs

Chicago Dogs

When the kids are literally pulling you out of the house for trick-or-treating, these fully loaded hot dogs will stop them in their tracks (at least for a quick bite to eat). The dogs only take 5 minutes to steam and the buns reach the perfect “squishy” texture even faster.

Cacio e Pepe Mushroom  Gnocchi

Cacio e Pepe Mushroom Gnocchi

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Just because it’s Halloween night doesn’t mean you have to settle for pizza. You can still have a hearty meal, thanks to store-bought gnocchi. Top the potato dumplings with mushrooms, Parmesan and chives for a simple, yet flavorful dish that everyone will enjoy.

This classic turkey club makes for a perfect meal before a night of trick-or-treating because it barely takes any time at all to assemble a sandwich. This recipe calls for turkey breast that you roast and slice yourself but you can use deli meat to save time on Halloween night.

These may be tiny but that only makes them more fun! Make a big tray with a variety of toppings and let everyone munch on their favorites before they head out in search of candy!

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