Halloween Recipe Ideas

halloween recipe ideas
These Halloween recipe ideas can be created by kids with an adults help. Whatever recipe you use for Halloween give it a fun and Halloweeny name and you'll transform a simple dish into a scary dish. Here are several fun Halloween cooking for kids ideas.

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Kids Halloween Recipe Ideas-Snacks

Make a vegetable platter more fun by creating jack o lanterns out of peppers and add cut vegetables inside.
jack o lantern peppers vegetable platter

Using fruit kids already love and changing it a little to suit a theme or holiday is a simple way to make food fun. Add chocolate chips to bananas to look like ghosts and celery sticks to mandarin oranges to resemble pumpkins.
halloween fruit snacks

Halloween Banana Bites

I love this Halloween recipe idea for a snack.
  • 4 bananas, peeled and cut into bite size chunks
  • Halloween sprinkles, chopped nuts, chopped cookies, shredded coconut, whatever you'd like to dip
  • 2/3 Cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 Cup milk chocolate frosting
Cut bananas into chunks and insert a toothpick into each one. Place a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet or plate. Put bananas onto wax paper and freeze for 20 minutes or until hard. Place toppings into a small cup or bowl.
banana bites
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave on high for 60 seconds. Stirring after 30 seconds until smooth. Add frosting to chips and stir until blended. Take bananas out of freezer and dip each into chocolate mixture and then roll into toppings. Place on wax paper. Freezer again for 1 hour.
rolling bananas

Serve in Halloween mini cups if you'd like.

Spider Deviled Eggs

Prepare your favorite deviled eggs recipe or follow this one. Then cut whole black olives into legs and body shapes. Place on prepared eggs and serve immediately.
deviled eggs with spider olives

Kids Halloween Recipe Ideas-Desserts

Munchies Mix

  • 1 Cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 Cup orange and black plain M&M's
  • 1 Cup peanuts
  • 1 Cup candy corn
  • 2 Cups popped popcorn
Mix ingredients together in bowl. Serve in plastic pumpkin or witch's cauldron.
munchie Halloween mix snack mix

Stuffed Hands

One pkg clear plastic gloves
Use the munchies mix Halloween recipe idea above and fill each plastic glove. Then tie tight with a string. Give away as party treats or goody bags. You can also add red M&M's or a candy corn on the end of each finger in the glove for a fingernail.
popcorn hands

Halloween Caramel Popcorn

  • 8 Cups popcorn, freshly poppedcaramel popcorn with candy corn and peanuts
  • 1 ½ Cups peanuts
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/3 Cup light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, cut in pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ Cups candy corn
In a large bowl stir popcorn and peanuts together and set aside. Have an adult prepare syrup mixture on the stove. Combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and butter in saucepan. Stir over low heat and bring to a boil. Continue boiling for 5 minutes without stirring. Take off heat and add vanilla. Pour over popcorn and peanuts. Stir together until well blended. Add in candy corn. Allow to cool slightly in order to handle. With kids help form into balls and place on waxed paper to cool completely.

Halloween Popcorn Candy Balls

  • 8 Cups popped popcorn
  • 10 oz bag of marshmallows
  • M&M's
  • Candy corn
  • Cooking spray
In a large bowl, add popcorn and candy. Melt marshmallows in a microwave safe dish for 1-2 minutes until melted. Pour over popcorn mixture. Line waxed paper on a baking sheet. Spray hands with cooking spray and form popcorn balls. It will be sticky so cooking spray helps.
popcorn candy balls

Halloween Bark

Make Halloween theme bark with adding candy eyes, bones, candy corn or other fun seasonal candies. See how to make chocolate bark here.
candy corn barkchocolate frankestein bark

Monster Toes

  • 12 oz. white candy wafers or white bark
  • Green food coloring
  • oblong shaped sandwich cookies
  • 11 miniature Tootsie rolls, cut in half lengthwise or chocolate button or wafer
Place the candy coating into a microwave save bowl. Heat the candy on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir.  If the candy is not completely melted and smooth continue heating at 30 second intervals, stirring after each time until melted and smooth. Add enough green paste food coloring to reach the desired color.

Dip each cookie into the green frosting until completely coated, letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Place the coated cookies on wax paper. Press half of a Tootsie roll into the top of each cookie to form a nail or chocolate circle.  Let the cookies stand for 15 minutes or until the coating has hardened.
monster toes

Candy Corn Cookies

Halloween Cupcakes

Make mummy cupcakes easily using a basketweave tip. Using the plain side make large strips in criss cross patterns for wrapping up your mummy. Add eyes with a round tip or edible eyes.

For an even easier Halloween cupcake idea buy edible Halloween images and add to frosted cupcakes.

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Halloween Recipe Ideas for Dinner

Crispy Witch Fingers

chicken fingers
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Cups cornflake crumbs or seasoned bread crumbs
  • 7-8 skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the pepper into 16 triangles and set aside.
Place the flour into a plastic zip lock bag.
Place the eggs in a shallow bowl and beat lightly with a fork.
Place the cornflake crumbs in a shallow bowl..
Place a few strips of chicken into the flour mixture, close and shake to lightly cover.
Dip the coated strips in the egg shaking off any excess.
Roll in the cornflake mixture covering the strips well and place on the baking sheet.
Repeat until all the chicken strips are covered.
Place the chicken into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the juices run clear.
Remove and allow to cool slightly until they are cool enough to handle.
Cut a small slit into one end of each of the strips.
Insert a pepper triangle; point out, into the strips.

Goblin Dip

Create a cheese fondue. Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut shapes out of bread. Serve with the fondue.
goblin cheese dip fondue

Halloween Pizzas

Create Halloween theme mini pizzas. Use olives, peppers, cheese cut into pieces to create your Frankenstein, ghost, mummy, spider, pumpkin Halloween designs.
Halloween pizzas
Here is a spider pizza with cheese spider web and olive spiders.

Soup and Cornbread Halloween Recipe Idea

Soup makes for a great healthy Halloween dinner maybe because the weather is cold and it is a good way to warm up before going outside. Start your evening out with a healthy Halloween recipe before heading out for trick or treating. Serve your soup in a hollowed out clean pumpkin for an added effect.

Taco Beef Soup

  • 16 oz. kidney beans
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 T. taco seasoning mix
  • 2-16 oz. can tomatoes
  • ½ lb. Ground beef, cooked
  • 1 ½ Cups water
  • Toppings:
  • small avocado, diced
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips
Mix soup ingredients together and cook 15 minutes. Or place in crock pot in the morning and cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve with toppings listed. For Halloween fun serve in a clean out pumpkin shell, a bread bowl, or make corn bread cut out of pumpkin shapes below.
taco chili
Or choose a different soup recipe like cream of pumpkin.

Corn Bread Pumpkins

  • 2 Cups cornmeal
  • 2/3 Cup flour
  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • 1 small package of vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 1 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped, optional
  • 2 cans whole kernel corn, drained, optional
In bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pudding mix and soda. Stir in eggs, milk, and oil. Blend in onion and corn, if desired. Pour into greased 13x9 inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. For added Halloween recipe ideas and fun, cut out pumpkin shapes with a pumpkin cookie cutter and serve warm.

Create a fun pumpkin soup by adding a drizzle of cream or melted cheese.
pumpkin soup garnish spider web

Witch's Brew-Halloween Beverage

witches brew punch
  • 2 packages green Jell-O
  • 1 gallon Lime or Green punch
  • A large punch bowl or plastic cauldron
  • ice cube trays
At least the night before, pour green punch into 1-2 ice cube trays. Allow to freeze until frozen. Prepare Jell-O until set. Use the remainder of your green punch and pour into serving dish. With a fork, stir and mash up your green Jell-O, add into green punch. (It should look like globs of green goo.) Add in green ice cubes. Stir well before each serving.

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