These 6 Halloween Dinners Are So Good, It’s Scary! (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

Don’t forget to fuel up before trick or treating this Halloween!

The spooky holiday is the perfect opportunity to make dinner fun for everyone by using seasonal flavors and/or getting creative with your presentation, so that your meal is creepy, cute and delicious all at the same time.

Kids and adults alike will love these scary good dinners!

1. Beef Stew With Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes

The chunks of beef and peas look great with the potato ghosts, but you can totally use this with just about any stew, curry or chili, provided that it’s nice and thick. This one uses a fair few ingredients, but it all goes into the slow cooker so it’s pretty quick!

2. Halloween Spider Pizzas

It’s so easy to make these creepy crawling critters! Of course, you’re more than welcome to follow your favorite pizza recipe and add all the toppings you want, though if you go this route, you might want to sprinkle a little extra cheese over everything before adding the olive spiders so that they stand out.

3. Chef John’s Zombie Meatloaf

This tasty meatloaf is adorable and seriously impressive. It looks like it requires a ton of skill to assemble, though it is hard to mess up if you just go step by step.

4. Cheese and Pumpkin-Filled Manicotti

Rich, stuffable and seasonal to boot! Feel free to add veggies like peppers or peas, or meat like shredded chicken or browned ground beef.

5. Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls

Whether you are cooking for kids or adults, sometimes we all need a little extra encouragement to eat our veggies. This tasty and stunning method will do the trick! Who can turn down an edible bowl that’s filled with everyone’s favorite comfort food?

6. Eyeball Taco Salad

Taco-seasoned beef, shredded cheese and nacho-flavored chips combine with salad veggies to make this a super fun way to get a balanced dinner — even if it is staring back at you!

Featured Image: Pixabay

Tags: easy October meal, Halloween dinner, kid friendly, Kid Recipes, weeknight dinner
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7 Spooky Recipes: The Ultimate Halloween Dinner Spread


By Cooking Panda

The most wonderful day of the year is HERE!

Whether you are going trick-or-treating, partying, or just staying home because (sadly) nobody likes when Oct. 31 falls on a weeknight, we’re here to make sure that Fright Night is extra spooky for you. With minimal effort, you can whip up a savory spread that is delicious and eye-catching in equal measure. (Check here for cute Halloween desserts.)

Here are some of our favorite spooky dinner ideas:

1. Halloween Spaghetti

The key to these scary black noodles? Food paste colorant, which you can find in the baking aisle at craft stores and Wal-Mart. Genius!

2. Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Feel free to adapt your favorite stuffed pepper recipe to this super easy and festive cutout. We like this one.

3. Guacamoldy Eyeballs

If you’ve never mixed avocado with your devilled eggs, you must! We understand that avocados are a little pricey at the moment, so you can totally just make this recipe with regular devilled eggs if you need to. Add a drop or two of blue or green food coloring if you want to replicate the moldy look.

4. Ghost Pizza Bagels

If you are not into bagels, you can swap them out for pita, actual pizza, toast — whatever you prefer. They will still be both spooky and delicious.

5. Eyeball Pasta

Who can resist these adorable cheese and olive eyeballs atop a bed of scary green spinach noodles and your favorite red pasta sauce?

6. Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup

Not only is the rich, smoky soup hearty and packed with flavor, but the gorgeous sour cream spider web topping is really easy to make! If you don’t have a condiment squeeze bottle, just use a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off. Practice a couple times on a small plate if you need to warm up!

7. Severed Toes in Bandages

These are obviously way cooler than pigs in a blanket, and they’re really easy to make too. Enjoy!

Featured Photo Credit: Spend With Pennies

Tags: Halloween, Halloween dinner, Halloween party food, kid dinner recipe, weeknight dinner
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