6 Easy Halloween Night Dinner Ideas


What should we eat on Halloween Night? We are all busy getting dressed up, passing out candy, and managing kids. Who has time for a fancy meal? Not us! We’ve polled our contributors and here are 6 of our favorite EASY Halloween night dinner ideas.

1. Crock Pot Chili

Recipe from Tamieka. Crock Pot Chili is great because you prepare it early in the day and let it cook and simmer throughout the day. Plus, you don’t have to clean it up immediately. Your kids may want to eat before or after trick-or treating and the meal is still there penitently waiting on you.


  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 cans of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 small cans of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 12 oz of beer (don’t worry, the alcohol cooks out)
  • 6 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


Brown ground beef with chopped onions and garlic until brown. Add the canned tomatoes, beer and seasonings and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and then cook for an additional 30 minutes. Serve over rice and garnish with mexican cheese, sour cream, and fritos.
Tip: Make this the day before Halloween and it will taste even better the next day — and not take any time away from Halloween activities.

2. Simple Quesadillas

Recipe from Juliet. Make a ham, cheddar, and apple quesadillas. Directions: Heat up a tortilla in a pan for about 30 seconds, then flip it over and lay cheese, ham, and thin apple slices (in that order) on top of one half of the quesadilla. Let it cook for about a minute. Then fold it the quesadilla in half – the cheese should be melty enough. Or, you can heat them or microwave them for until the cheese is melted. Serve the quesadillas with a veggie like carrots, peppers, broccoli, etc. This is is a quick meal that’s a crowd pleaser!

3. Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Recipe from Tatiana with The Story of My Table. These are adorable, nutritious, and can be prepared ahead of time.


  • 4-6 Large bell Peppers.
  • 1 pound of ground turkey (or other proffered meat)
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • 1 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped white onions
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning 
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Cut the cauliflower into big chunks and add them to the food processor. Grate the cauliflower until you reach a ground meat consistency.
  • In a non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and white onions. Cook until its translucent and fragrant. Add the taco seasoning and mix.
  • Pour the ground turkey into the mixture and cook until it browns. Mix in the cauliflower and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Making a whole in the middle of the skillet, add the tomato sauce and apple cider vinegar. Slowly mix until everything is coated.
  • Add the chopped cilantro before serving and enjoy.
  • Carefully cut the top pieces of the peppers, do not remove. Remove and discard the seeds. With a small knife or carving tools, carve a jack O’Lantern face on each pepper. 
  • Place the peppers upright in a greased pan. Fill with the meat and cauliflower mixture and top of cheese. Close with top of pepper and cover the pan with foil paper. Bake for 20-30 minutes.  

4. Hot Dog Mummies

Idea from Tirzah. These are a fan favorite and so fun and easy to make. We use this recipe from Pillsbury.

5. Crock Pot Taco Soup

Idea from Courtney. This is such a simple recipe and everyone loves it. Throw the ingredients into the crockpot, cook for about 4.5 hours, and serve with Fritos or chips, grated cheddar, and sour cream. Here is a link to an award winning recipe.

  • Crock pot ingredients: 2 lbs of chicken breast, 2 cans of drained black beans, 1 can of kidney beans, 1 packet of taco seasoning, 2 cans of chopped tomatoes, 1 beer, 1 cup of chicken broth.
  • Soup toppings: Chips or Fritos, cheddar cheese, sour cream.

6. Order Pizza!

Idea from Caroline. Pizza is always a hit and we love to support our local pizza places. Order ahead and get it delivered or pick it up before the rush of children come or go trick-or-treating.

Bonus: Special Decorative Drinks

Idea and pic from Tamieka. While you are making this fun food, be the fun mom and make thing a little special by decorating drinks too. This can be prepared ahead of time of the Halloween rush. Get some googley eyes and bandage wrap and your kids will love it! This takes a few minutes to create, but the memories will last a lifetime!

Happy Halloween! We hope these Halloween dinner ideas make your evening a little less stressful!

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Courtney was born and raised in Louisiana where she met her husband (married in 2005). They have moved several times, but finally feel very settled in NW DC after moving back in 2016. She has four energetic kids: Cormac (2010), Evangeline (2013), Solomon (2016), and Antoinette (2019). She thinks motherhood is absolutely wonderful, but is constantly trying to figure out how to manage it all. She spends her days talking Star Wars, playing with legos, doing crafts, having tea parties, and chasing her toddler. Motherhood is wonderful and wild and in 2017 she banded together with other mothers to start DC Area Moms to inspire, learn, and grow together. She loves morning coffee, chocolate, chatting with people since she's an extrovert, a clean house (which is rare these days). She dislikes when her kids don't listen the first time, she abhors littering, and doesn't enjoy shopping.