Make your Halloween night extra spooky this year by trying out one of our fun Halloween Dinner Ideas. From drinks to desserts, we’ve got you covered!
Halloween Dinner and Party Ideas
Halloween is RIGHT around the corner and I am definitely feeling the pressure of making this one memorable for my kids, especially because we aren’t sure how (or if) trick-or-treating will even happen. There are so many ways you can go when it comes to Halloween dinner ideas and we are including some of our favorites below. And just in case you wanted a specific menu plan and shopping list, we included those too!
Halloween Dinner Ideas
You can never go wrong with chili on Halloween night. It was always a tradition in our family to have a big bowl of chili before going trick-or treating! When we are feeling extra festive, we will serve our soup, chili, or casserole in a pumpkin. Here are some super easy ideas for your next Halloween dinner:
The possibilities for Halloween drinks are endless. You can pretty much do any kind of punch and throw in some gummy worms or plastic eyeballs and you have a spooky punch. For Harry Potter themed Halloween parties you can also try one of our specialty Harry Potter drinks. Any of these drink ideas below will be a hit at your next party:
- Harry Potter Butterbeer
- Frozen Butterbeer
- Pumpkin Juice
- Pumpkin Spice Steamer
- Shrunken Apple Head Punch (see recipe below)
- Green Slush – This slush is green in color and fun to add gummy worms or plastic eyeballs for a Halloween flair.
Halloween Dessert Ideas
Oh how we LOVE our Halloween desserts! Any fall-inspired dessert with pumpkin is a great choice for Halloween. Make them extra “Halloween-y” by adding black frosting spiders or garnish with candy corn pumpkins.
- Pumpkin Pasties
- Pumpkin Bundt Cake (What we used to make the Spider Bundt Cake below)
- Easy Pumpkin Trifle
- Pumpkin Sheet Cake
- Pumpkin Cobbler Cake
Just in case you aren’t getting enough sugar this Halloween, here are some ideas for some kid-friendly Halloween treats. These are perfect for class parties, potlucks, and trunk-or-treats!
- Halloween Charcuterie Board
- Candy Apples
- Halloween Candy Bark
- Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
- Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
Sample Halloween Menu Plan:
Here is a fun sample menu plan for an unforgettable Halloween dinner. Sometimes Halloween dinner ideas are a hodgepodge of random dishes. I like how this dinner has a Halloween theme AND all the food complements each other. Plus, you can never go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs. Kids will gladly eat it because it is all familiar food but with a Halloween twist!
Here’s what’s on the menu:
- Bread/Appetizer: Mummy Cheesy Garlic Bread
- Main Dish: Spaghetti with Eyeballs
- Side Dish: Caesar “Spider” Salad
- Drink: Shrunken Apple Head Punch
- Dessert: Giant Spider Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake
Bread/Appetizer: Mummy Cheesy Garlic Bread
This bread couldn’t have been easier. I just cut up some strips of mozzarella cheese (strips of string cheese work well too) and placed them on a bakery garlic bread. I heated it at 375 degrees F for about 5 minutes and then added a couple olive slices for “eyes”.
Main Dish: Spaghetti with Eyeballs
I love this recipe because it looks super fun, but really there isn’t anything that weird about it. In the recipe below I go into more detail on how I made this spaghetti but really it is just spaghetti, sauce, store bought meatballs, cheese, and olives. That’s it. You couldn’t ask for an easier Halloween dinner. To give the spaghetti the twirled “nest” look, just twist big scoops spaghetti with a fork in a ladle (my niece Kelsey taught me how to do this and I LOVE how it looks)!
Side Dish: Ceasar Spider Salad
For this I literally just used a bagged Caesar salad kit and placed plastic spiders over the top. If you want to add eyeballs to this, you could slice grape tomatoes in half, slice off a circle of string cheese, and add an olive (much like the meatballs in the spaghetti). I didn’t do this because I liked how the eyeballs looked in the spaghetti and I didn’t want to overdo it with eyes. I thought it looked great just keeping it simple.
Drink: Shrunken (Apple) Head Punch
This was a fun one because I was able to get the kids involved. I let them each “carve” their own apples for the punch and they loved seeing their apple “heads” floating in the punch. For this, I sliced each apple in half and let the kids carve out faces. I then baked them in the oven at 200-degrees for about 10 minutes and then put them in the fridge to cool. For the punch, I used 2 liters of water, 2 liters ginger ale (chilled), 46 oz pineapple juice (chilled), and 4 Jolly Rancher Green Apple “On-The-Go” packets. Instead of putting ice in the punch bowl, I put ice in the individual glasses to prevent the juice from being watered down.
Dessert: Giant Spider Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake
This might be my favorite thing on the whole menu. This was so fun to make and the finished product looked SO COOL. For this I simply made our Pumpkin Bundt Cake and divided the frosting in half. I used half of the frosting and lightly frosted the whole cake then took the other half and added ⅓ c. dark cocoa powder and black food coloring and mixed until it turned black. I then got the black frosting and put it in a gallon Ziplock bag, snipped off the end and piped 8 spider “legs” going from the center to the edges. Then, I filled in the middle to make the spider “body” and a little dollop for the head. Last of all, I used a little extra of the white frosting to pipe little fangs and then used 2 Red Hots for the eyes.
To make things nice and easy for you, we have put together a grocery list for this particular meal plan. Add these ingredients to your cart at Albertsons.com and you are good to go! Make things even EASIER, get it delivered (trust me, it’s the best thing ever). Here’s what you need for this easy Halloween dinner meal plan (FYI – The dinner feeds 4-6, the dessert feeds 12-15)
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 4 large eggs
- Sliced mozzarella cheese (low-moisture, part skim)
- 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese
- butter (½ cup)
- 1 family-size Caesar salad kit
- 4-6 small Granny Smith Apples
- 1 loaf garlic bread
- 1 (24 oz) bag pre-cooked frozen meatballs
- vegetable or canola oil (½ cup)
- Box spice cake mix (15 oz)
- 1 (4 oz) pkg. Instant pumpkin spice pudding mix (vanilla works great too if you can’t find pumpkin spice)
- 10 oz pkg. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 (32 oz) bag powdered sugar
- cocoa powder
- vanilla extract
- black food coloring
- Red Hots (or any other tiny, round red candies)
- 1 (16 oz) box dry spaghetti noodles
- 1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
- sliced olives (2.5 oz. can)
- 1 small jar pimento-stuffed green olives
- 2 liter ginger ale
- 1 pkg. Jolly Rancher Green Apple “On-The-Go” packets (6 pack)
- 46 oz. Pineapple juice
Halloween Dinner: Spaghetti and Eyeballs
- 16 ounces spaghetti noodles (prepared according to packagedirections)
- 24 ounces jar spaghetti sauce (heated according to package directions)
- 24 ounces pre-cooked frozen meatballs (cooked according to package directions)
- 2-3 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
- sliced black olives (to taste)
- pimento-stuffed green olives (to taste)
- Cook noodles, sauce, and meatballs according to package directions. Combine noodles and sauce. Mix until well combined. Form "nests" of noodles by twirling noodles in a serving ladle with a fork and then placing in a serving bowl. After meatballs have cooled slightly, cut our circles of mozzarella cheese and place one circle on each meatball. Place one black olive slice over the cheese circle.
- Gently place meatballs randomly over the spaghetti. Add green olives over the top, to taste.
- Serve with cheesy "mummy" bread and Caesar "spider" salad.