Looking for Halloween Dinner ideas for a scary good time before trick or treating? Get ready to put the ‘boo’ in your food with a spine-tingling Halloween dinner party menu.
It’s the perfect time to gather friends and family for a frightening feast. I’ve conjured up 33+ irresistible Halloween dinner ideas that combine fun and scary.
From ghoulish appetizers, hauntingly good main courses, and even dessert, you’ll transform your dinner table into a festive Halloween memory. Grab your cauldron, light those candles, and prepare for a spooky good time.
In the past we have tried to limit the amount of candy our kids gorge on while trick-or-treating with a healthy dinner beforehand. The hope is filling up the bellies first, means they will eat less candy afterwards. Can’t blame us for hoping, right?
We’ve had a tough time in the past getting healthy food in our kids’ bellies because trick-or-treating starts much earlier than our normal dinner time. Who wants candy corn for dinner? Not us! I try to focus on food we already have such as:
Fresh fruits and veggies carved into fun shapes or to add scary details
Crackers and cheese come in all shapes and sizes for easy party food
Dips such as hummus, beans, or yogurt are kid favorites.
Seasonal produce such as pumpkins and apples are wholesome and nutritious.
When making Halloween food, keep your guests in mind. For children, I try to make the food ideas more silly than scary. For adults, amp up the spooky factor.
If you’re hosting a Halloween party for families, keep a mix of games and activities that both adults and kids will enjoy. Parties are more successful if there is something to do for everyone.
Make it more fun by coming up with Halloween-themed names for everything. For example, Spider soup, Witches’ brew, Mummified Monsters, etc. Be creative and have fun with it!
With a little planning and a cooking session earlier in the day, it is possible to provide a fun and healthy(ish) dinner before sending the kids out to gorge on candy! I make scary Halloween food from main dishes to dessert. The kids (and adults) love the playfulness on their plates.
Halloween Party Appetizers
If you’re looking for Halloween meal ideas or inspiration for a fun party – we know you will like this list! Serve appetizers as a snacky meal or do a Halloween sit down dinner. These Halloween recipes make a good party menu for a fall party, too.
If all you have time for are Halloween-themed appetizers, that’s fine. These are kid friendly, healthy-ish and will still put some nutrition in the tummies. They are some of my kids’ favorite Halloween snacks.
Spooky and Delicious Halloween Appetizer Ideas
These fun Halloween appetizer ideas will inspire a spooky party or be great for finger foods before heading out to trick or treat.
Deviled eggs are always a hit and I love making them because I usually have an overabundance of farm-fresh eggs. I like this spider idea because it doesn't use any artificial dyes and we all love olives!
These bacon jalapeno mummies are stuffed with cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, and pieces of smoky bacon. Wrapped in strips of flaky, buttery crescent rolls - I know these would be a hit on our Halloween dinner table!
Side Dishes for a Spooky Halloween
Now that you have Halloween appetizers out of the way, how about a few easy Halloween side dishes as well? These easy side dishes for Halloween parties will make everyone laugh or shudder.
Creepy Halloween Side Dish Ideas
If you need side dish ideas to accompany your Halloween main dish, here are a few you might consider!
Mummy Garlic Bread is an easy Halloween take on everyone's favorite garlic bread - using frozen garlic bread, strips of delicious ooey-gooey-melty cheese, and a couple of olives for your mummy eyes.
Fun Halloween Food Ideas for Main Dishes
Halloween dinner recipes are fun twists on classic dinner ideas. Make a spooky meatloaf, witches’ fingers hot dogs, spaghetti and meatballs, or a funny pizza to serve your kids on Halloween. Use seasonal ingredients such as butternut squash, pumpkins, and apples in the recipes.
Spooky Main Halloween Dinner Ideas
I love these fun takes on recipes you may already be making at home! Take my popular spinach mozzarella meatloaf and turn it into a spooky shape, or have fun with classic spaghetti and meatballs - the choice is yours!
This funny skull meatloaf was our Halloween dinner last year! I used my popular spinach mozzarella meatloaf recipe but shaped it like a skull. We wrapped it with bacon and used cloves of garlic to make teeth! So fun and delicious!
This is not a spooky recipe, but taco soup or homemade chili are also on our go-to lists for quick, easy, and filling Halloween night dinner ideas.
Creepy Halloween Dessert Ideas
You’ll definitely get enough Halloween candies with trick or treating, but cute and Do you need dessert ideas for your Halloween dinner? Probably not, but if you’re throwing a Halloween party, you might want a few. We found a few healthier options for you. We try to live by the 80/20 (80 good, 20 junk) so here are a few fun healthier sweet ideas to choose from!
Halloween Dessert Ideas
Just because it's Halloween doesn't mean we have to gorge on sugar. Try these healthier versions of dessert for Halloween parties.
I'm not big on tequila, but I do love the color of this fun margarita!
How can I make ordinary dishes look creepy for a Halloween party?
Use creative food styling and decorations like edible “blood” (raspberry sauce) or sliced olives for spices when making your Halloween recipes.
What can I repurpose for Halloween decor?
Save money on decor with your creativity. Transform glass jars into lanterns, use old newspapers to make paper mâché pumpkins, or turn wine bottles into sinister potion bottles. The uses are literally endless.
More Halloween Party Ideas We Love
Halloween is a festive holiday. I love the variety of traditions to create family memories on Halloween. If you liked these Halloween dinner party ideas, get more inspiration with these Halloween ideas:
One of the best Halloween treats is making scary and silly food. It’s one of my kids’ favorite traditions. Whether you have a formal dinner party or a snacky party to carve jack o lanterns, these recipes will not disappoint.
What are your favorite Halloween dinner ideas? Share them below!
Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.