Before the inevitable sugar rush of trick-or-treating, we try to fill our kids up with a healthy Halloween dinner. These healthy dinner ideas combine our favorite things about the holiday (think charming jack-o’-lanterns, friendly ghosts and spooky touches) with ingredients that kids will actually eat. Read on to add some Halloween fun to your dinner table.
Dinner in a Pumpkin
How much more Halloween can you get than dinner in a pumpkin? You can really add anything you'd like to the pumpkin but we think soup or chili would be delicious! Coat the inside of the pumpkin with cream cheese and bake it in your oven first so that when you add your soup or chili you can scoop out some of that yummy cooked pumpkin to go along with it.
How cute is this pair? All you really need to get your monsters started is some olives and toothpicks. These would be super adorable as sliders as well!
Skeleton Mushroom Pasta
This brilliant idea for a spooky pasta dinner has you carving little skeleton faces into your mushroom slices. We think they are totally on point and perfect for your Halloween dinner spread!
Halloween Shepard's Pie
We love this idea for a ghoulish shepard's pie from @rachplusfive. You'll be getting a good meal into the kids before the candy onslaught begins. You can see the youtube video here for all the details.
Ghoulish Fruit & Veggie Tray
If this doesn't get your kids to eat some fruit and veggies, we don't know what will! This super cute veggie tray from @foodbites will have everyone snacking in no time.
Hot Dog Worms
Do you think the kids will be creeped out by this spooky take on hot dogs? Head on over to Holley Grainger's website for the full scoop. (Spoiler alert: You just need to cut thin strips of hot dogs and they will curl up when cooked).
Frankenstein Avocado Toast
If you have avocado lovers in your kid crew, this is a fun recipe to bust out for Halloween. Vegan Chow Down has you upping your avocado toast game with some toasted seaweed, olives and tomatoes for a creepy meal. Get the recipe here.
Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin
You'll want to eat all of your soups out of a pumpkin after you give this recipe from the Pioneer Woman a try. Serve it in a large pie pumpkin when you've got a group coming, or these mini ones so eat kid one of their own. Get the recipe here.
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Pumpkin isn’t just for pie! Halloween is the perfect time to try out a savory pumpkin dish, and this one from Tara’s Multicultural Table is bound to be a hit. The pumpkin adds an extra layer of creaminess and flavor, and the whole meal will take less than half an hour to make. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
Spooky Stuffed Peppers
How cute are these stuffed peppers from Pinch of Parsley?! Filled with a Mexican-inspired mixture of ground beef, rice, salsa and cheese, they’re the perfect healthy meal to keep your kiddos going through a long night of trick-or-treating. To get the recipe, click here.
Transform sandwiches into edible art with this fun idea from Feel Good Foodie. Topped off with a cute pair of candy eyes, these kabobs are sure to make your kids smile. To get the details on how they’re made (plus three more Halloweeny snacks!), click here.
We’ve never seen chicken fingers quite like this before! These super crispy bites from Create Eat Happy are called karaage, aka Japanese fried chicken. With a bit of strategically placed ketchup, you’ve got a fun twist on (literal) chicken fingers that’ll be gobbled up in no time. Click here to get the recipe.
For a tasty meal that comes together in no time, spice up a frozen pizza with this fun idea from Chewable Structures. A few carefully placed veggies become spooky witches’ fingers—easy peasy! To get the recipe, click here.
Scary Delicious Spinach-Feta Pie
What’s the best way to get kids to eat their greens? Add cheese to it and bake it in puff pastry! This spinach-feta pie from Anastasia’s Kitchen is sure to be a hit with your whole crew, and it doesn’t hurt to get some veggies in before everybody pigs out on candy. Click here to get the recipe.
For the easiest Halloween dinner ever, you have to make these cute grilled cheese sandwiches from Rachel Cooks. With pretzel legs and dried cranberry eyes, they only take a couple minutes longer to make than normal grilled cheese, and that’s a win in our book. To get the recipe, click here.
This just in: these mummies from Meg’s Everyday Indulgence are the cutest darn monsters you’ll see this Halloween. They’re also a snap to make—just grab crescent dough and your fave hot dogs and you’re all set. Learn more here.
This soba-centric idea from Bento Monsters is equal parts creativity, adorable details, and tastiness. Despite looking like a work of art, these Halloween dishes are easy to make for your little monsters. Learn more here.
Candy Corn Quesadilla
Boo! We’re digging the ghostly genius of this pizza idea from Lauren at Tastes Better From Scratch. It’s got gourmet impressiveness, kid-friendly flavors and can be made with some team effort from the whole family. Plus, Tastes Better From Scratch has three other spooky toppings ideas! Learn more here.
Spider Web Soup
We want to award extra Halloween points to The Foodie and the Fix for coming up with a dinner that has tons of fall flavor and a simple spider decoration (Hint: for your own awesome webbing, it’s all about the coconut yogurt!). Learn more here.
Simple, cheesy finger food? Sounds like a kid pleaser to us! This idea from Once Upon a Cutting Board involves pumpkin, chicken, goat cheese and oh-so-cute quesadillas—put it all together, and you’ll have a hit with pint-sized foodies. Learn more here.
We guarantee giggles when you serve up this dish from Boulder Locavore. The kids will get a kick out of “eyeballs” in their pasta—and you’ll love that it’s a healthier twist on a Halloween meal. Learn more here.
Pumpkin-Inspired Pizza Pockets
Your kid crew will go gaga for these homemade pizza pockets from Dinner at the Zoo. They’re inspired by jack-o'-lanterns and are the perfect pepperoni addition to your Halloween evening. Learn more here.
Lovable Olive Spider
Talk about an artistic arachnid! ABCs & Garden Peas has come up with a genius way to top a Halloween quesadilla—olive spiders! Add sour cream webbing, and you’ve got all the makings for a spooky-tasty meal. Learn more here.
Need a magical way to get the kids to eat their veggies? How about this idea from Boulder Locavore, which involves arranging crudité edibles to look like a screaming witch? Now that’s what we call fun with food! Learn more here.
Take your Halloween to a new level with this spooky lasagna from Brick Star. Your pint-sized chefs will love getting creative with the toppings—but they’ll love eating the cheesy result even more. Learn more here.
Ghoulish Pasta Salad
Looking for an easy way to make Halloween a little healthier? Smile Sandwich has you covered with this festive and oh-so-cute pasta salad. The flavors are light and refreshing but the star of the show is the jack-o-lantern cucumber slices (Psst! Don’t like cucumber? Sub in zucchini instead!). Learn more here.
—Kate Loweth, Abigail Matsumoto & Susie Foresman