13 Delicious and Healthy Ideas for Halloween Dinner

Posted: October 29, 2022 12:38 pm

Of course, the true star of Halloween is always the candy. However, don’t get so caught up in the sweet treats that you forget about the rest of your meals. To help you stay energetic and excited all day long, you also need some actual food.

What makes a dish the best food for Halloween? Ideally, it should be tasty, provide a welcome break from all the sugar, and have plenty of fall flair. These awesome meal ideas will get you in the holiday spirit while still leaving plenty of room for candy.

Witch’s Finger Breadsticks

Witch’s fingers are a classic Halloween party food for a reason. They’re simple to make and look nice and spooky. You get all the flavor of traditional breadsticks while having a creepy meal that kids will love. These can be great snacks before you go out trick or treating, or they can be a nice side alongside pasta or soup. Though we know the idea of making breadsticks from scratch can sound intimidating, this recipe is surprisingly easy. It’s done in a couple of hours and most of the cooking time is inactive time while your dough rises or bakes. Another great perk about this recipe is the maple mustard dipping sauce which is so addictive we love using it for other things too.

Squid Ink Pasta With Shrimp and Tomato

The blend of a spicy orange sauce and pitch-black pasta creates a festive, Halloween dinner that’s sure to impress. In addition to the tasty seafood and pasta, this recipe packs a punch thanks to the nduja. The soft, piquant sausage melts down into the sauce, creating a complex, rich flavor. One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s surprisingly versatile. If you can’t find more unusual ingredients like nduja and squid ink, you can substitute more common grocery store classics to still get a tasty meal.

Hearty Butternut Squash Soup

Bright orange butternut squash is the perfect ingredient for Halloween meals. Not only is it nice and autumnal, but it also has a rich, slightly sweet flavor that nicely complements Halloween treats. This recipe pairs the squash with bacon and apples to create a uniquely delicious flavor. It’s hearty enough to be a full meal on its own, or you can serve it with a light salad or a side of cornbread.

Spaghetti Squash With Spiced Turkey Chili

This recipe puts a new twist on classic Cincinnati-inspired chili. It features a rich chili sauce made with ground turkey over a bed of spaghetti squash. This is the perfect recipe for getting in a Halloween mood while still eating healthy. The spicy chili with a hint of cinnamon pairs perfectly with the mildly sweet spaghetti squash.

Miso Kabocha Squash Ramen

Put a fun Halloween spin on an Asian classic. This awesome Halloween food idea pairs a rich, miso broth with roasted kabocha squash and chewy ramen noodles. The end result is a satisfying meal loaded with warm, spicy fall flavors. Though ramen tends to have a reputation for being hard to cook, this recipe is actually quite simple. Since it uses premade noodles and broth, you can quickly whip the whole thing together even if you have a very busy day.

DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pie

This simple yet delicious pizza is inspired by DeLorenzo’s of Trenton, New Jersey. Though this pizza has nothing but tomatoes and cheese on it, it’s sure to impress. The pairing of a gooey interior with a crispy crust makes for a satisfying meal. We also like that it’s something you can eat hands-free and snack on with ease. This makes it great for Halloween meals you nibble on in between opening the door for trick-or-treaters.

Creamy One-Pot Sausage and Squash Pasta

This Halloween meal is both tasty and easy. It all comes together in a single pot, so you don’t have to worry about a bunch of cleanup. In addition to being convenient, it’s also delicious. Zesty sausage and sweet butternut squash join together to make a tasty meal. The sage and nutmeg ensure that the creamy sauce is festive and autumnal. It’s nice and satisfying, so you’ll have plenty of energy for the rest of your Halloween parties.

Black Bean Chili

If you’re looking for fall foods, it doesn’t get any better than chili. This warm, hearty, comforting food is the perfect thing to eat on a crisp autumn night. Of course, any chili can be good, but one of our favorites is this vegetarian black bean chili. It’s a little lighter than regular chili, so you won’t feel too stuffed for Halloween treats. At the same time, it’s loaded with so many rich spaces that you won’t even miss the meat.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew

If you want something warm and soothing to fill you up after a chilly night outside, give this soup a try. It contains a blend of sweet potatoes, lentils, chicken, and escarole that’s satisfyingly complex. The orange sweet potatoes add some extra fall flair while the escarole has an appealing tang. Another great thing we love about this recipe is that it’s made with rotisserie chicken. You can make it minutes and still have plenty of baked chicken left over for sandwiches and other meals.

Detroit-Style Pizza

If you’re looking for easy Halloween finger foods, look no further! Detroit-style pizza contains a saucy interior with crispy, cheesy edges. Unlike many other types of pizza, it has sauce on top of the cheese and is double-baked. This creates a warm, comforting meal that’s lovely to snack on. Even the basic recipe is great for a holiday, but we like to make things even more festive with a fun design. As you spoon the sauce onto the cheese, you can use it to create jack-o’-lantern faces, bats, and other spooky designs.

Braised Butternut Squash With a Coconut Gravy

This recipe pairs a delicious fall classic with Indian-inspired flavors. It features thick slabs of butternut squash slowly roasted to bring out their natural sweetness. The sauce made of coconut milk, ginger, and spices is the perfect complement to the squash. We love how easy this recipe is to make, and the final product looks impressively festive. Another great thing is that there are plenty of awesome ways to enjoy this squash. Pour the flavorful gravy over a bed of fluffy rice or spoon it up to eat it like a stew.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Nothing’s more Halloween-ish than pumpkin, and this recipe is a great way to incorporate pumpkin into your holiday meals. Though this meal full of pasta covered in a rich, silky sauce might seem complex, it’s actually incredibly easy. You only need three basic ingredients along with salt and pepper. Furthermore, the whole dish comes together in less than half an hour, so you don’t have to waste your whole holiday in the kitchen.

Baked Butternut Squash Polenta

We love the look of this orange casserole studded with blackened leaves and cheesy bubbles. Not only does the color scheme make it an ideal Halloween food, but this recipe is also packed with fall flavors. Sweet squash, creamy fontina cheese, and earthy sage make a tasty combo. Though many people find polenta hard, this recipe makes it easy. Cooking the polenta in the oven ensures it’s thick and rich without any lumps. This casserole is a lovely side at a Halloween potluck, or it can be a light meal on its own.

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