From spider web nachos to monster spaghetti.
Halloween is the official kickoff of the holiday season! It's time to load up on your favorite seasonal foods (aka anything pumpkin flavored), set out the Halloween decorations, have a Halloween movie marathon, and carve pumpkins. Of course, nothing screams the holidays more than a holiday-inspired meal.
Halloween offers tons of opportunity for creativity in the kitchen, especially for Halloween dinner with kiddos. From monster burgers to mini ghost pizzas and eyeballs and spiders a plenty, there's no shortage of fun ideas. Plus, there's so many things you can do with pumpkin, whether it's the main ingredient or the inspiration behind a meal's appearance.
Browse our virtual recipe book of Halloween-inspired meals below!
Mummy dogs are so last year. Give this Italian speciality a spooky twist with black olives for eyes.
Use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to give your mozzarella salad a Halloween makeover.
Taco night isn't complete without chips and guac, right?
Stuffed Jack O'Lanterns
These carved, stuffed bell peppers are both healthy and festive!
Pumpotto (Pumpkin Risotto)
This Autumn-inspired oven baked risotto is a creative way to incorporate seasonal ingredients. If you're having guests over this October, this is the dish you'll want to make.
Okay, but how fun are these creepy crawler burgers? You can even add extra toothpicks with olives for arms.
Spider Web Nachos
Whip up this Halloween-themed dish in a flash using sour cream for the spider web and diced black olives for the teeny tiny spiders.
Breakfast for dinner, anyone? These pancakes are giving us major Frankenstein vibes
Finger Hot Dogs
These "bloody" hot dogs look like legit human fingers; it's actually very impressive, but also terrifying at the same time.
All you need is spaghetti noodles, marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, and black olives to make this monster creation. (P.S. Feel free to swap out the black olives for any veggie you'd like!)
Pumpkin flavored food is a must in the Fall, and using pumpkins as serving bowls is genius!
Mini Ghost Pizzas
Personalized pizzas take on all-new meaning in this dinner recipe.
Cream of Skeleton Mushroom Soup
Impress (and scare) your kids and guests with this bone chilling meal.
For those in a time crunch, this Halloween dish requires minimal effort and time.
If you're looking for a creative challenge, this head loaf—made out of meat loaf, green olives, bacon, onion, and ketchup—is right up your alley.