Halloween Dinner Ideas

October is a 31 day party in this house. We try to incorporate Halloween into every facet of our lives. Well … almost every facet. I had to get rid of those tacky spider web bra. It was giving me the heebie jeebies. And the spider pasties? .. Those weren’t stuck to me even 2 minutes before they landed themselves in the garbage.

But every other nook and cranny of our day is filled with skeletons and goblins and ghouls. 3 beautiful little ghouls .. if you catch my drift ?.

Halloween bows, bats on the wall, festive bento boxes, a very tastefully curated October playlist, and every Halloween movie we can think of! We love it all and I have so many great memories from previous years making October last as long as possible.

One of my favorite ways to bring Halloween to life, is yummy and freaky food! I love surprising the girls in their lunch boxes each day with a little ghost here, a little eyeball there. You know. The norm.

Making dinner is my forte though. I love enjoying it together (minus one this year). Laughing about the creepiness and sometimes crappiness of my failed attempts. Last year I wrote a post on Halloween lunches and snack food for kiddos. But this one is a tribute to the 3rd meal of the day.

Creepy finger made from string cheese and olive.

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your dinner this Halloween – try out our Sloppy Monster Joes and/or Eye-Bauliflower Soup . The soup is phenomenal and literallllllly only takes 10 minutes. It’s more than phenomenal. … It’s to die for ….. (pun absolutely intended!)

Sloppy Monster Joes

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pounds ground turkey
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • King’s Hawaiian Buns
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Mozzarella balls (Bocconcini)
  • Olives

Cooking Instructions

  • Turn your burner to a medium heat and put your large pot or Dutch Oven on.
  • Add some extra virgin olive oil to it (couple teaspoons) and sauté your chopped onion until it is almost translucent.
  • Add your minced garlic into the onions and continue sautéing until the brown slightly.
  • Add your ground turkey and cook fully.  Breaking up the meat as you go with the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Mix together your tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and red pepper flakes.  Mix until fully incorporated.
  • Put your meat back on the burner and pour your sloppy joe sauce over it.  Mix well but gently, then allow it to simmer 5-10 minutes to warm and allow the flavors to fully develop.
  • Taste and salt and pepper as desired.
  • Pile your meat mixture on some King’s Hawaiian buns.
  • Use kitchen scissors to cut teeth in your provolone slices. Lay cheese over meat mixture.
  • Make eyeballs by cutting mozzarella ball in half and adding olive slice onto each one. Adorn top of sloppy joe with eyeballs.
  • Get messy!

Eye-Bauliflower Soup (10 Minutes)

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 6 cups cauliflower florets approx 2lb head of cauliflower
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • Edible eyeballs
  • Paprika for garnish

Cooking Instructions

  • Place the chicken broth, water, diced yellow onion, cauliflower florets, cream cheese and salt into the Instant Pot.
  • Cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
  • Transfer to blender and blend until smooth. Transfer back to Instant Pot.
  • With the Instant Pot on saute, slowly whisk in the heavy cream.
  • Add the yellow mustard.
  • Slowly whisk in the cheese.
  • Taste test and add more salt if needed.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with edible eyeballs and a sprinkle of paprika.

And that’s it! Easy 10 minute soup. Add some Sloppy Monster Joes if you’re feeling ambitious, and then hit the streets for some epic trick or treating on a full tummy! It’s gonna be a great night guys! … and don’t forget the mandatory parental tax on your kids’ trick or treat candy! I pushed those babies out of my va-jay-jay. They will give me their Reese’s.

If you make any of these yummy meals, tag me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Exchange-a-gram, Instabook, MySpace, you name it. Tag me in all of it!

Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!