Halloween Main Dish Recipes

These Halloween main dishes are simple, festive, all-around favorite recipes that are wholesome enough to feed the little ones before they go trick-or-treating and fun enough for a neighborhood party.

Community Picks

Chef John's Zombie Meatloaf

Rating: 5 stars 27
After seeing various versions of this Halloween-themed meatloaf on social media over the years, I decided it was time to post my very own. I've seen many approaches to this, such as covered in 'blood', or mummified in strips of pastry, but the ones wrapped in bacon always looked the most realistic, and the most appetizing.
Chef John
By Chef John

Mummified Meatballs in Crispy Potato Skin Coffins

Rating: 4 stars 5
Crispy potato skin coffins topped with cheesy mummified meatballs. Halloween never tasted so good! Homemade meatballs are best but feel free to use already prepared to save time and get a jumpstart on trick-or-treating.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 1113
Absolutely delicious. I know it doesn't sound appetizing, but it's unbelievable how tasty it is, and so easy too!

Bloody Hand Sandwiches

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
I like to make these for Halloween parties. They are easy and really fun to make.

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Orange bell peppers stuffed with a tasty meat, cheese, and rice mixture look just like scary little jack o' lanterns in this fun main dish.
Chef John
By Chef John

Ratloaf (Halloween Meatloaf)

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
What's better than gooey warm rat guts on Halloween? A quick and easy meatloaf that the youngsters can eat on the run! I've included a basic recipe, but feel free to use your family's favorite. Use pearl onions in place of the olives for a different look. The layer of crushed French-fried onions will resemble burnt fur! When you slice it, the 'guts' should ooze out and make quite an impression.

Mummy Pizza

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Mummy pizzas are creative, easy to make, and yummy! Perfect for dinner before Halloween trick-or-treating.

Halloween Jack-o'-Lantern Beef Pies

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
Yummy biscuit cups filled with spicy beef mixture and topped with Halloween pumpkin faces!

Mini Meatloaf Ghosts

Rating: 5 stars 10
For a delicious crowd pleaser that will have your family cheering, who ya gonna call? Ghost meatloaf! Turn your favorite meatloaf recipe into these absolutely adorable, yet still incredibly terrifying, edible apparitions. They're easy and fun to make and the leftovers make great "ghost on toast" sandwiches.

Spooky Spider Halloween Hot Dogs

Rating: 5 stars 2
Use crescent rolls and hot dogs to make this Halloween version of pigs in a blanket. Kids love them, and they are an easy snack for a Halloween party.

Bats and Cobwebs

Rating: 4.5 stars 181
We make this for Halloween every year at my son's request! It's like spaghetti using bow-tie pasta! It is mixed together with mozzarella cheese cubes and baked in the oven. The bow-tie pasta is the bats and the stringy, gooey mozzarella cheese is the cobwebs!

Halloween Pumpkin Stew

Rating: 5 stars 2
I am not sure where this recipe originated, but it has been a Halloween tradition in my husband's family for at least 20 years. It is a dinner we look forward to all year. Served with cornbread or sourdough rolls. Yum!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers
Rating: Unrated 208
"Loved these! My son had a blast making these with me." – Milyhoou
Homemade Sloppy Joes
Rating: Unrated 665
"I love this recipe. I served these on Pumpkin Sandwich Rolls." – Gremolata
Homemade Sloppy Joes
Rating: 4.5 stars 677

A rich beef filling in thick sauce makes the best homemade Sloppy Joes.