Serve up some fun with these spooky and creative Halloween Dinner Ideas, and the kids will be squealing with delight!  Serve these Halloween recipes up at a Halloween party, or find some simple spooky dinner recipes for a quick and easy fun meal before you head out to trick-or-treat.

What do you eat for Halloween? Besides candy, that is! We love keeping our dinners in the theme of the night with kooky and easy Halloween food ideas. If you are looking for a fun drink to serve, try my free printable Halloween soda labels! End your dinner with any of these frightfully good Halloween cupcakes.

Halloween dinner ideasHalloween Dinner Recipe Ideas

There are so many creative Halloween themed dinner ideas I couldn’t wait to share some of my favorites. You will have everything you need to surprise your kids with a spooky treat and host an amazing Halloween dinner party!

If your kids are like mine, they get so excited about trick or treating and all that candy coming their way, it’s hard to get them to eat a good dinner beforehand. These Halloween main dishes are perfect ways to work in nutritious meals. Best of all, they are easy to put together and most use ingredients you already have on hand!

Spooky Halloween Dinner Ideas

This will steal the show and it is a quick and simple meal! Just a little black food paste colorant turns these spaghetti noodles a vibrant black and makes for a very spooky dish. The sauce can be made with ground beef, sausage, or vegetarian. Green olives that look eerily like eyeballs top off the dish perfectly!

Halloween Spaghetti

Halloween Spaghetti by 36th Avenue

halloween dinner recipes

Eyeball Pasta

Use green spinach pasta to whip up some wickedly good fun! I love that the eyes are made with string cheese and black olives (two of my kids’ favorite things).  What a delicious Halloween dinner idea! What kid doesn’t love a wild and spooky pasta?

Eyeball Pasta by Spend with Pennies

eyeball pasta halloween dinner ideas

Skull Shaped Bread in Tomato Basil Soup

Using Wilton’s 3D mini skull pan, you can create these spooky (and yummy) skeleton heads.  They float perfectly in this delicious tomato basil soup (this is the best tomato soup recipe)—although you could call it a bowl of blood if you’re feeling ornery!  Great for Halloween parties!

Tomato Basil Soup with Skull Shaped Bread by Skip to my Lou

skull halloween dinner ideas

More Ideas for a Cool Halloween Dinner

Stuffed Jack-o-Lanterns

Even little ghouls need to eat real food come October 31. How about jack o lantern themed stuffed peppers? Feed them spaghetti brains inside of carved bell pepper heads. If this isn’t Halloween what is?
jack o lanterns

Meatball Mummies

The meatball mummies are easy, and a nice twist on the common hot dog wrapped treat.  They are great finger food and use a roll of pizza dough, so you can whip them up quickly for a class party or fun snack for the kids. This one for sure is a crowd-pleasing DIY Halloween dinner idea.

Meatball Mummies by Spend with Pennies


Halloween Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes make a great jack-o-lantern treat.  Their orange color makes them the perfect little Halloween treat, and with these not-so-scary, cute shapes — the kids won’t even realize they’re eating something healthy, especially when you tell them you are serving up some fries.

Halloween Sweet Potato Fries by Tablespoon

sweet potato fries

Spooky Shepherd’s Pie

This spooky shepherd’s pie will provide a nice hearty meal on Halloween that will fill the bellies of hungry little goblins.  And, who doesn’t love a pile of mashed potatoes shaped like a cute little ghost! The peas for little eyes work so perfectly too!

Spooky Shepherds Pie by The Girl Who Ate Everything


Seven layer spider web nachos

Seven-layer dips are always a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.  The Mexican-inspired salad, guacamole, and sour crème make a spooky spider web that your guests will enjoy dipping into. This is perfect for snacking on while you are handing out candy or bringing to the neighborhood Halloween party.

Seven Layer Nachos by Sandy Toes and Popsicles

halloween nachos

Green Chili and Ghosts with Chicken Soup

Still, need more Halloween dinner ideas? Simple ghosts are the perfect touch to this meal. This hearty chicken soup cooks in the slow cooker so that you have more time to be making sure costumes and decorations are all looking great.  The ghosts can easily be made with a cookie cutter and tortillas or puff pastry and definitely make the meal fun and spooky!

Green Chili with Chicken Soup from MyRecipes.

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Bloody finger hot dogs recipe

Become the life of the Halloween party with these bloody finger hot dogs. They are so gross and yet so amazing, all at the same time! You’ll love how easy they are to make. 

Image shows multiple hot dogs with the sausages looking like severed fingers.
Ohhh, so scary!

Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto

Looking for a healthy recipe for this Halloween? With a beautiful blend of spices, this Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto is guaranteed to be a hit! A really exciting and festive recipe.

Image shows a risotto dish shaped and decorated to look like a pumpkin.
Pumpkins are the perfect ingredient for Halloween and Fall.

Halloween Jalapeño Mummies

Warning: This recipe is just for people who like spicy foods! These savory stuffed jalapeño popper mummies are the perfect Halloween party appetizer for your get-together!

Image shows a Halloween guacamole that looks like a graveyad with chips shaped like graves and ghosts, next to avocado.
Spooky guacamole sounds so much fun!

The Puking Pumpkin

Here’s a recipe that both kids and adults will get a giggle from! Make this puking pumpkin to serve your most delicious guacamole in a different way that is perfect for Halloween.

Image shows a puking pumpkin with guacamole and chips over a black background.
Kids and adults will love this recipe.

Mini Halloween Mummy Meatloaves

I love making these mini mummy meatloves as appetizers for my Halloween celebrations using mini muffin tins. With only 20 mins for prep and 35 mins for cooking, you can have a main course that is both delicious and spooktacular.

Image shows a platter with mini meatloaves and other Halloween-inspired meals.
These meatloaves are great for your Halloween party.

Monster Wraps

Make these monstrous wraps come to life with sliced Cheddar, olives, and cornichon pickles! Use your favorite sandwich filling. These are perfect for the kid’s lunch or at home before trick or treating.

Image shows 4 different monster wraps for kids.
Not-so-scary monster wraps!

Meatball-Stuffed Pasta Brain

Ok, this meatball-stuffed pasta brain might be a bit too scary for the youngest kids, but older kids and adults will have so much fun eating and poking at this meal. It’s the ultimate Halloween gross-out!

Image shows a meatball stuffed pasta brain
Don’t be fooled by the way it looks, this is delicious.

Caramelised squash & spinach lasagne

Here is another great Halloween appetizer using that 3D skull baking pan.  Stuff some pizza ingredients into pizza dough and bake into skulls.  This spooky finger food will be a big hit with kids, adults, and even teenagers.

Image shows a caramelized squash spinach lasagne, a piece is being served.
Lasagna is a fall favorite dish.

Halloween Meatball Eyes

Make these creepy Halloween meatball eyes – they are perfect for the costume party! They’re easy to prepare and will be a success at your next Halloween party.

Image shows several meatball eyes for Halloween.
This is such a scary dish, don’t you agree?

Turkey Meatballs and Black Bean Pasta

These turkey meatballs and black bean pasta are full of warming Mexican flavors. Add sliced olives to transform the meatballs into eyeballs for a perfect Halloween dinner idea!


Image shows a black bean and meatball pasta with skeleton spoons.
Kids will have so much fun eating this dish.

Pizza Stuffed Skulls

Pizza Stuffed Skulls by Hungry Happenings

halloween dinner

Jack-o-Lantern Quesadillas

Way easier than carving an actual pumpkin — and more delish, we’d say. My kids love quesadillas any day! Use meat, cheese, sour cream, or whatever variation you’d like. They’re cheap, easy, and go together quickly.
jack o lantern

pizza ghost bagels

The scariest thing about these pizza bagels is how fast we’re going to eat them. You can make these in five minutes flat with bread, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese ghosts. Who doesn’t need that on Halloween?
pizza dough

Grilled Cheese Jack-o-Lanterns

grilled cheese jack o lantern in pan

Eyeball Pasta

Turn ordinary meatballs into scary works of art by making them look like monster eyeballs. All you need is some mozzarella and black olives. Add to your favorite pasta sauce for a tasty and slightly scary meal.

Image shows a pasta with meatballs decorated as eyes.
Ohh, such a scary pasta!!

Shredded Chicken & Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

These shredded chicken and rice stuffed peppers are made in the crockpot or slow cooker and are an easy and fun meal when you carve your peppers for Halloween!

Image shows 4 orange bell peppers decorated as jack-o-lanterns filled with chicken rice.
We love a healthy Halloween recipe!

Carrot Rice Jack O’ Lanterns 

Aren’t these carrot rice jack-o-lantern just too adorable to eat? Let the kids be involved in making some fun yet healthy snacks this year.  They take little time to make and are a great choice for picky eaters.

Image shows 6 carrot rice jack-o-lantern on a plate for a Halloween dish.
Perfect for kids of all ages!

Halloween Witch Hat Calzones

These Halloween witch hat calzones are a delicious appetizer or side dish for your Halloween menu. They are so easy to make that kids can help too, and you probably already have the main ingredients at home.

Image shows three calzones shaped like witch hats.
Make your own witch hat calzone.

Creepy Witches Finger Halloween Treat

Use frozen mozzarella sticks and pumpkin seeds to create tasty witch fingers. Make a dipping sauce to complete the recipe – I recommend blood-red marinara sauce.

Image shows six mozarella sticks shaped like witch's fingers with a red sauce next to it.
Who doesn’t love mozzarella sticks?

Bats and Cobwebs Baked Pasta Recipe

This recipe isn’t creepy at all but invites children to use their imagination to transform baked pasta into bats and cobwebs.

Image shows a necktiepasta with a spoon grabbing a bite.
Hmm, pasta is always a good choice.

Witches’ Brew Soup

Kids might not want to try this spinach soup unless you let them be part of the fun! So let them make up pretend spells while you stir the pot, and then they’ll definitely want to eat it.

Image shows two pictures of a spinach soup bowl with Halloween decorations.
I’m sure kids will love this spinach soup because it just looks so cool.

Eyeball Soup with Bugs

This soup with bugs is meant to be creepy and gross, and like most Halloween have rather unappetizing names, it couldn’t be the exception. Let’s make an eyeball soup with bugs!

Image shows a soup decorated with olives to look like eyeballs and a bug decoration next to it.
Make this fun soup for Halloween.

Swamp Pasta Pesto with Severed Fingers

Make your typical pasta pesto with a fun twist: swamp sauce and severed fingers! It’s so delish that even the pickiest eaters will love having plate after plate.

Image shows a pesto pasta with sausages that look like severed fingers for a Halloween meal.
This recipe is so easy to make but perfect for Halloween.

Halloween Spider Pizza

Get your favorite pizza and have your kids decorate it with olives and pepperoni to create a Halloween spider pizza. It’s super easy and so much fun for the kids to make themselves.

Image shows a pizza with pepperoni and olives that look like spiders.
A pizza that’s perfect for Halloween!

Monster Spaghetti Halloween Recipe

The best part about this monster spaghetti recipe is that you can make them in your kid’s favorite colors: blue, purple, pink, red, whatever color. As long as you have gel food coloring, you’re ready to make this delicious Halloween recipe.

Image shows a purple spagheti with olives to look like eyes
You can make this spaghetti in any color!

Beef Stew with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes

Kids of all ages will be delighted with the spooky twist on this hearty beef stew: add rich mashed potato ghosts onto each bowlful to make it a Halloween theme.

Image shows a beef stew with mashed potatoes that looks like a ghoul

Halloween Desserts

The perfect ending to your Halloween dinner is these chocolate witch hats
witch hat cupcakes
candy corn parfait
or spooky red velvet cake! Just watch out you won’t be able to choose just one. There’re just so many crazy fun Halloween food ideas! These are such cute Halloween treats everyone will want to copy them.
red velvet

Dirt and worms a quick Halloween treat

I love making this recipe when I don’t have time to prepare something more complex for a Halloween party. The best thing is that kids can help prepare this dirt and worms Halloween treat so they can have fun being part of the process too.

Image shows different cups with a dirt and worms treat.

Spooky Graveyard Dip

Make a haunted graveyard taco salad dip that is easy, healthy, and soooo tasty. Kids will love helping write RIP on each corn cracker using a black gel pen.

Image shows a finished graveyard chocolate cheesecake dip
Doesn’t this just look so tasty?

Poison Toffee Apples for Halloween

These black Poison candy coffee apples are the ultimate wickedly sinister Halloween treat and will make an excellent centerpiece. I love spooky fun dishes like this!

Image shows four apples covered in black candy for Halloween.
Try these tasty, tasty apples!

Creepy Eye Pies

These creepy eye pies are easier to make than you’d think and are sooo delicious. It’s one of my favorite fun Halloween recipes because they just look so cool.

Image shows a batch of creepy eye pies
Let’s bake some creepy pies.

Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake dip

This Halloween graveyard chocolate cheesecake dip is an easy, no-bake Halloween dessert that is kid-friendly, a little bit spooky and a whole lot of fun to decorate!

Image shows a finished graveyard chocolate cheesecake dip
Doesn’t this just look so tasty?

Scary Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Make these peanut butter spider cookies in one hour. They are irresistible bites that both kids and adults will love.

Image shows a batch of cookies decorated like spiders for Halloween
Delicious, scary cookies!

Vampire Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies sandwich with icing and marshmallow… Doesn’t it just sound delicious? You can use store-bought ingredients or make things from scratch to create these vampire cookies!

Image shows a batch of cookies decorated to look like vampire teeth.
Dracula would be envious of these cookies!

Halloween Cheesecake Bars

Want to get the kids involved with the dinner party? Make these Halloween cheesecake bars and let them decorate with their favorite Halloween candy.

Image shows cheesecake bars decorated for Halloween
Everybody loves cheesecake!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Who doesn’t love a good chocolate pumpkin cake? This recipe takes less than one hour to make and makes 14 delicious cake slices ready to wow your guests.

Image shows a slice of a chocolate pumpkin cake
Let’s make a chocolate pumpkin cake!

Peanut butter and Reese’s cup spider cookies

These spider cookies are chewy peanut butter cookies with a Reese’s peanut butter cup on top, chocolate legs, and googly eyes! So cute. 

Image shows a cookie with a reese's chocolate to look like a spider
I love spider cookies!

Jack-o-lantern Cupcakes

These lovely jack-o-lantern cupcakes are so easy and quick to make as they use a box of chocolate cake mix and prepared chocolate frosting, cutting the preparation time in half!

Image shows chocolate cupcakes that look like jack-o-lantern.
Jack-o-lantern cupcakes: what a wonderful idea!

Ghostly Mini Cheesecake Bites Recipe

These ghostly mini cheesecake bites are made with only four ingredients, making them easy to make in a matter of minutes. They’re sure to be a hit with everyone!

Image shows a batch of cheesecake bite cakes
Adorable AND tasty!

Halloween Party Eye of Newt Pretzels

These easy-to-make Halloween Party Eye of Newt Pretzels are so cute! Although the name sounds scary, the festive colors lighten them up and make them loads of fun.

Image shows a batch of colored pretzels decorated for Halloween
These pretzels are great for trick-or-treating.

GraveYard Dirt Cake Cups Recipes

These graveyard dirt cake cups will be the perfect addition to your party table or as a fun treat for the kids. The best part? No baking is needed!

Image shows three dirt cake cups decorated for Halloween, they look like a graveyard
Delicious dessert for Halloween!

Mummy Halloween Brownies

White chocolate and brownie are a great combination for these mummy Halloween brownies. In less than five steps, you can make your own, too – in fact, you can have the kids help in the making too.

Image shows a picture of a brownie decorated as a mummy for Halloween
This is the least scary mummy ever!

Jack Skellington Pull Apart Cupcakes

Make these Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired cupcakes: a must for fans of the classic film! It looks like a cake, but is actually a lot of individual cupcakes!

Image shows a Jack Skellington cupcake cake
Kids and adults will love these cupcakes!

Halloween Pumpkin Brownies

Pumpkin is the best ingredient for a great fall dessert, and these luscious, quick and easy Halloween Pumpkin Brownies start with a boxed brownie mix, so they come together in a flash. Add your favorite Fall toppings and enjoy!

Image shows a batch of pumpkin brownies on a table
Pumpkin brownies are so tasty!

Halloween Cake Pops

These spooky cake pops are especially simple to make, and you can choose from different decorating ideas: ghosts, mummies, or little monsters!

Image shows Halloween-themed cake pops over a decorated table
This is such a lovely idea!

Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies

These jack o’ lantern pumpkin hand pies are a fun, kid-friendly Halloween dessert. Easy as pie! Don’t they just look so delicious?

Image shows 6 pumpkin pies shaped like pumpkins
Try these hand pies next Halloween party!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

These pumpkin Rice Krispie treats are the perfect Halloween snacks for a party. They are one of the most fun Halloween dinner ideas and a great way to bring some fun and festivity to any event.

Image shows several peanut butter pumpkin rice krispie treats
Give this cute recipe a try!

Halloween Drink Ideas

Looking for Halloween drinks? Take a look at these!

Shrunken Skull Cocktail

Make some creepy cocktails using a skull mug. Here you’ll learn to make a Shrunken skull cocktail, and other Halloween cocktails!

Image shows a skull-shaped mug with a Halloween cocktail in it
Cocktails for Halloween? Yes, please!

Creepy Crawler Halloween Punch

This Halloween punch is a tasty and creepy drink that looks like bubbly toxic waste with slimy worms crawling out of it. Simple yet tasty!

Image shows a punch cocktail decorated with gummy worms for halloween
Gummy worms are such a Halloween-esque touch.

Now you have all the Halloween food ideas, don’t forget the Halloween decorations for your party.  You can make these 10 cheap Halloween decorations, or here are some additional DIY Halloween decorations to make your home festive. Welcome guests with a porch of pumpkins.

I hope these Halloween dinner ideas help you to have a little fun this Halloween!

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  1. I need to make something every night in Oct, just so I can make them all!! There are so many fun & yummy ideas!! Halloween recipes are the best!

  2. I adore all of these recipes and ideas! Can’t wait to make them for Halloween this year!! They’re so spooky!!

  3. I love these ideas! They are so fun and definitely so adorable! I can’t wait to make these with my kids!

  4. Love these! I need to get me a 3D skull pan. And that Shepherd’s pie is definitely getting made! Thanks 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh these are so amazing, my daughter is seriously going to flip when I show her some of these. Thanks for the awesome ideas!

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