I love the holiday season. I'm pretty much the opposite of the Grinch between October and February. I love the celebrations, the time with family, and all the traditions. What I don't love about the holidays is how insanely busy I get trying to keep up with my normal life. Halloween especially stresses me out, because who has time to get a costume together on a weekday? Because I figure I'm not the only one stressed out by the idea, I threw together a list of easy Halloween dinner recipes to make the spookiest night of the year a little easier for you.
Between prepping your kids' costumes, worrying about how much candy they're about to eat, and running to the store for last minute supplies (because of course you forgot to buy the jumbo bag of chocolate last time you were grocery shopping), dinner should be the last thing you have to worry about. At the same time, of course, if you don't feed your family a decent meal pre-trick-or-treating meal, you can count on some zany sugar high hijinks later on in the evening. (Oh, and that crash!) And sure, you could just order a pizza, but why not have a dinner that's a little more festive? After all, it is a holiday. Read on for 13 special (but easy) dinners you can make on Halloween night that will take at least one worry off your list.
1. Easy, Cheesy Patty Melt Grilled Cheese
2. Slow-Cooker Bolognese
Nothing goes better with the nostalgia of dressing up in costume than comfort food, which is why this slow-cooker bolognese sauce courtesy of A Beautiful Plate is a great option for your Halloween dinner. Your kids will love the cheese and pasta, and you’ll love that you can prep it all ahead of time.
3. Apple Cheddar Rosemary Bacon Pizza
4. The Best Instant Pot Chili
Halloween feels like the start of the holidays, and cozy food only makes the most wonderful time of the year feel even closer. Starting Halloween night with this instant pot chili from Damn Delicious will warm you from the inside out, keeping you and the kids toasty when you head out to Trick or Treat in the fall air.
5. Slow-Cooker Alphabet Soup
6. Mini Cheese Pizzas
Discovered on A Spicy Perspective, these mini pizza chips are ridiculously easy to make, and kids can grab them with their hands for quick eating. If you're going for a light dinner before Trick or Treating, these little snacks can take your Halloween from stressful to easy peasy in two bites or less.
7. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
This festive mac and cheese from Well Plated takes about 30 minutes to prep and an hour to cook, so you can prepare it before the kids get home from school and let it bake while you’re getting them costumed to perfection. Plus, the greek yogurt and pumpkin in the recipe are good for the whole family, so you can sneak in a healthy dinner before the candy gorging begins.
8. 20 Minute Honey Mustard Chicken
9. Easy Pumpkin Soup
10. Cheesy Chicken Crescent Bake
This cheesy chicken crescent bake from Cookies and Cups is another great comfort food option for Halloween night. The orange coloring will feel apropos, and there's no way your kids won't love the combination of chicken, cheese, and bread. Pro tip: you can personalize the stuffings in the casserole, so it's great for families with dietary restrictions.
11. Pumpkin Alfredo With Cheese Tortellini
12. Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Whole
13. Easy Slow-Cooker Dijon Chicken With Winter Vegetables
Efficiency is the bread and butter of busy families, and this one-stop slow cooker recipe will definitely make your Halloween dinner more efficient. Courtesy of The Scrumptious Pumpkin, this dijon chicken with winter vegetables recipe is packed with nutrients, so you can feel sure your kids are heading off to Trick or Treat with a full meal in their systems.