These nine Halloween dinner ideas are to die for (not literally, though — or at least you hope).
Halloween Dinner Ideas Both Kids and Adults Will Love
1. Pizza Skulls
It's guts oozing out of skulls — but it's actually pizza. How awesome is that? Check out this pizza skulls recipe for an instantly gory Halloween party.
- Pizza dough, 1 can
- Pizza sauce, 6 Tbsp.
- Shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 1/2 cups
- Cooked and crumbled Italian sausage, 1/4 cup
- Chopped pepperoni, 24 slices
First, spray skull pan with oil and preheat oven at 375 degrees. Proceed to unroll the pizza dough and form it into a rectangle, around 15 x 10 inches. Divide it into six strips and put each strip into the skull cavities. Add cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni slices, some sausage, and top with more cheese. When the cavities are stuffed, fold the dough over to seal. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
2. Fried Vampire Bat Wings
These fried vampire bat wings make for a very easy, yet tasty, spooky appetizer.
- Thick-sliced ham steak, 2-3 lbs.
First, remove the wrapping from the ham steak, discard its juices, and lay on a chopping board. Proceed to cut out bat shapes using a bat-shaped cookie cutter. Fry cut-out ham steak on a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook until golden brown and serve.
3. Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs
It only takes five ingredients to whip up these tasty stuffed mushroom eyeballs!
- Large button mushrooms, 1 lb.
- Softened cream cheese, 8 oz.
- Shredded white cheddar, 1 cup
- Garlic powder, 1/4 tsp.
- Pimiento stuffed olives, 10-15 pcs.
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the stems off the mushrooms and place them bottom side up on the baking sheet.
Then, mix the cream cheese, white cheddar, and garlic powder in a bowl. Roll 1-2 tsp. of the cheese mixture into balls and put into the cavities of the mushrooms, without overstuffing them.
Lastly, place the pimento stuffed olives flat side up onto the top of the filling and bake for 12-15 minutes. Serve warm.
4. Jack-o'-Lantern Pot Pies
Serve these Jack-o'-Lantern pot pies as your main course for a frightfully tasty Halloween dinner.
- Olive oil, 2 tbsp.
- Sweet potatoes, 1 lb.
- Large onion, 1 pc.
- Kosher salt and pepper
- All-purpose flour, 1/4 cup
- Dry white wine, 1/2 cup
- Low-sodium chicken broth, 2 cups
- Small rotisserie chicken, 1 pc.
- Fresh flat-leaf parsley, 1 cup
- Freshly-grated/ground nutmeg, 1 tsp.
- Frozen puff pastry, 2 sheets
- Large egg, 1 pc.
First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease eight 6-ounce ramekins. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss sweet potatoes, onion, salt, and pepper into the skillet and cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Toss in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and broth and bring to a boil. Proceed to add the rotisserie chicken, flat-leaf parsley, and ground nutmeg.
Spread the mixture evenly into the ramekins and place on a baking sheet. Shape them into pumpkins with a cookie cutter and draw their faces with the puff pastry. Lastly, brush the Jack-o'-Lanterns with egg and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Mummy Meat Loaves
The sweet cherry tomatoes at the center of these mummy meat loaves will give them a burst of juicy flavor.
- White/yellow potatoes, 3/4 lb.
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Large eggs, 2 pcs.
- Ketchup, 2 tbsp.
- Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp.
- Panko/plain bread crumbs, 1/2 cup
- Garlic, 2 cloves
- Medium carrot, 1 pc.
- Ground beef, 3/4 lb.
- Ground pork, 1/2 lb.
- Grape tomatoes, 12 pcs.
- Low-fat sour cream, 3/4 cup
- Peas, 24 oz.
First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with foil liners. Toss potatoes into a pot with cold water, add salt, and bring to a boil for 15-18 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, combine eggs, ketchup, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Stir in the bread crumbs. Add garlic and carrot to the egg mixture. Add beef and pork to the mixture until incorporated.
Divide the meat mixture evenly among the foil liners and push a tomato into the center of each one. Roast at 155 degrees for 14-16 minutes.
Meanwhile, drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add sour cream and salt and mash until smooth. Transfer the mash into a pastry bag with a ribbon tip.
Finally, transfer meat loaves onto a platter and pipe the potato mixture over each top to look like mummy's wrapping. Place 2 peas on each to look like eyes!
6. Halloween Roasted Veggies
Treat your dinner guests to these fun and healthy Halloween roasted veggies shaped into Jack-o'-Lanterns, witch hats, and ghosts!
- Large sweet potatoes, 2 pcs.
- Large white potatoes, 2 pcs.
- Carrots, 4 pcs.
- Red beets, 3 pcs.
- Olive oil, 2 tbsp.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Rosemary, 2 tbsp.
- Bulb garlic, 1/2 pc.
- Balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp.
- Honey, 1 tsp.
First, slice both sweet and white potatoes into halves and boil in a pot of water for 5 minutes. Remove and toss in whole beets and carrots and cook for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into 1/2 inch slabs. Cut Jack-o'-Lantern shapes into the sweet potatoes using a pairing knife. Cut the white potatoes into ghost shapes. Remove the beets from the boiling water and cut them into 1/2 inch slabs. Cut them into witch hat shapes. The carrots will be witch's fingers.
Set the cut-out veggies onto parchment paper. Drizzle with oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary leaves. Scatter crushed garlic cloves onto the pan and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Flip the veggies halfway through to cook them evenly.
Lastly, with 10 minutes left, drizzle the balsamic over the beets and honey over the carrots, then return to the oven.
7. Halloween Eyeball Sub
Add this literally eye-popping twist to your favorite submarine recipe.
- Lean minced beef, 500 g.
- Pork sausages, 4 pc.
- Grated parmesan cheese, 50 g.
- Chopped onion, 2 pc.
- Egg, 1 pc.
- Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp.
- Olive oil, 3 tbsp.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped celery, 1 pc.
- Garlic, 3 cloves
- Chopped tomatoes, 14 oz.
- Green food coloring, 1 tsp.
- Cooked spaghetti, 3.5 oz.
- Green olives, 3 pc.
- Tomato paste, 1 tbsp.
- Sliced radish, 3 pc.
- Sub bread rolls, 4 pc.
First, preheat oven to 200 degrees. Mix the beef, pork sausages, parmesan cheese, onion, fresh breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. When all the ingredients are incorporated, shape them evenly into 12 meatballs and place on a baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, fry onions and celery in the olive oil over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for another minute. Pour the tinned tomatoes and tomato puree for 10 minutes or until thickened.
Add food coloring to 1/2 cup of water, either warm or cold, in a bowl and add the spaghetti. Wait until the spaghetti turns green. Remove the spaghetti and rinse quickly to remove excess dye.
Prepare the eyes by spreading a tiny blob of tomato puree into the cavities of each olive. Proceed to put each slice on top of the radish.
Finally, spread around 2 to 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce onto the base of each sub. Place 3 meatballs in each and top with a few strands of the dyed spaghetti. Top another spoonful of tomato sauce and two eyeballs.
8. Toxic Waste Mac and Cheese
Don't forget to give the guests a quick hazard before serving this toxic waste mac and cheese.
- Unsalted butter, 1/4 cup
- All-purpose flour, 1/3 cup
- Milk, 2 1/2 cup
- Sea salt, 1/2 tsp.
- Ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp.
- Paprika, 1/4 tsp.
- Onion powder, 1 tsp.
- Dry mustard powder, 1 tbsp.
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- White cheddar cheese, 8 oz.
- Green food coloring
- Pasta, 1 lb.
- Fresh cauliflower, 1 head
First, melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to combine for 1 to 2 minutes. Then, pour in the milk and whisk to combine until there are no lumps. Add the salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, and mustard and cook for 6 to 8 minutes.
Remove pan from the heat and add the grated cheese. Then, add the spinach, green food coloring, and the pasta. Mix until pasta is completely coated. Toss in the steamed cauliflower and serve.
9. Pumpkin and Ghost Ice Cubes
Complete your Halloween-themed dinner with eerie holiday drinks chilled with these fun and freaky pumpkin and ghost ice cubes.
- Orange, 1 pc.
- Black icing
First, peel and slice the orange into pieces. Place each one into the pumpkin and ghost-shaped cavities. Proceed to fill cavities with water and drop a small amount of black icing into each cavity. Freeze for an hour or until hard.
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Planning a Halloween dinner for family and friends takes a lot of creativity and is really fun to do. With these Halloween entrees, you're sure to give your guests a bit of a scare yet have them coming back for seconds. Don't forget to serve these Halloween dinner ideas in style by using these grooming products.
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