Our Best Halloween Dinner Ideas

From hearty dinners full of seasonal ingredients to frightfully fun takes on family-friendly dishes, these spooky suppers are perfect for sharing before a night of trick-or-treating.

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Meatball-Stuffed Pasta Brain

Brain food! A Halloween-themed dish may look gross but it’s actually a delicious pasta in “bloody” marinera sauce. Dare to cut into the brain? You’ll be surprised with prosciutto wrapped meatballs in the center.

Get the Recipe: Meatball-Stuffed Pasta Brain

Pumpkin Lovers Lasagna

Rachael uses all the best fall flavors in this baked pasta dish — like butternut squash, nutmeg and pumpkin puree.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Lovers Lasagna

Spicy Juicy Lucy-fer Sliders

To ensure a nice browned top to your sliders, check that the broiler flame is on when you pop them in. Many broilers cycle on and off as they work, so it's important to broil these fast-cooking burgers during an "on" cycle.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Juicy Lucy-fer Sliders

Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls

Impress you family with these orange bell pepper jack-o-lanterns. You might even get your kids to eat more veggies this way!

Get the Recipe: Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls

Mummy-aki Chicken Fingers

Give chicken fingers an extra crunchy coating by wrapping them (just like mummies) in strips of phyllo dough. The chicken is marinated in teriyaki so it’s guaranteed flavorful and delicious — so no need to worry if you don’t have time to make the dipping sauce to serve alongside.

Get the Recipe: Mummy-aki Chicken Fingers

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Trisha’s quick-and-easy tortilla soup is the perfect bite 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 have ever made”) it’s guaranteed to please kids and grown-ups alike.

Get the Recipe: Trisha's Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wormy Weenie Sandwiches

Kids will love the "yuck" factor of eating worms, but everyone will appreciate that these dressed-down versions of sausage and peppers are also quite yummy.

Get the Recipe: Wormy Weenie Sandwiches

Halloween Party Pizzas

The best way to get your kiddos to eat before heading out for a night of candy 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-fry is quick and easy — making the perfect choice when you need a speedy family meal. The fact that this one is sweetened with blood oranges (for a fun nod to Halloween) makes it even better.

Get the Recipe: Blood Orange-Shrimp Stir-Fry

Spaghetti Worm Cups with Bolognese

Maneet uses squid-ink pasta to give her Bolognese cups their spooky, black color. If you can’t find it at your local supermarket, black bean pasta is a great substitute.

Get the Recipe: Spaghetti Worm Cups with Bolognese

Crispy Phyllo Wrapped Hot Dog Mummies

It’s so easy to create these mummy treats because they don’t have to look perfect! Cook your hot dogs in the oven and when ready, lay on each strip of phyllo for a “raggedy” look.

Get the Recipe: Crispy Phyllo Wrapped Hot Dog Mummies

Chicken Pumpkins

Like a fairy godmother in the kitchen, you can transform boring bites of chicken into magical pumpkins with just a “swish” of the knife.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Pumpkins

Squash-Black Bean Chili

Cozy up to a bowl of chili before you head out for a night of trick-or-treating. Hearty ingredients like squash and black beans will keep you and your little ones full all night.

Get the Recipe: Squash-Black Bean Chili

Green Chicken Finger Sandwiches

These crispy chicken fingers get their wicked witch-inspired hue from a secret ingredient in the panko crust: matcha powder!

Get the Recipe: Green Chicken Finger Sandwiches

Individual Spooky White Pizzas

These pizzas are spook-tactularly simple to make. You can use store-bought dough and skip the sauce — and you don’t need to worry about stretching the dough into perfect circles!

Get the Recipe: Individual Spooky White Pizzas

Meatball Mummies

Puff pastry is a freezer staple. Keep a box on hand at all times and use it to wrap just about anything — kid-friendly, Halloween-inspired meatballs included!

Get the Recipe: Meatball Mummies

Pizza Tentacles

This dinner may look like a terrifying sea monster but the only thing scary about those tentacles is how delicious they are! Stuffed with pesto, crumbled Italian sausage and plenty of cheese they’re the perfect way to enjoy pizza on Halloween night.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Tentacles

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