Halloween Main Dish Recipes

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Chef John's Zombie Meatloaf

Rating: 5 stars
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.

Mummified Meatballs in Crispy Potato Skin Coffins

Rating: 4.2 stars
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.

Bloody Hand Sandwiches

Rating: 4.67 stars
I like to make these for Halloween parties. They are easy and really fun to make.

Meatless Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Rating: 4.6 stars
I'm not a big fan of traditional stuffed peppers, so I make mine Mexican-style! This dish was inspired by the Mexican seven-layer dip. I love to make them on Halloween and carve them to look like jack-o'-lanterns. Serve topped with sour cream and guacamole.

Ratloaf (Halloween Meatloaf)

Rating: 4.5 stars
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.

Halloween Jack-o'-Lantern Beef Pies

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

Spooky Spider Halloween Hot Dogs

Rating: 5 stars
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.

Mummy Pizza

Rating: 4.25 stars
Mummy pizzas are creative, easy to make, and yummy! Perfect for dinner before Halloween trick-or-treating.

Sloppy Joes II

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is the recipe my mother used for sloppy joes and it always gets compliments!

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.68 stars
Despite the name of this iconic retro dish, the secret to a great sloppy joe is a thick, rich, almost dry consistency, which allows the sandwich to be eaten with your hands. Serve on hamburger buns.

True Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

Rating: 4.64 stars
Bangers and mash gets its name because sausages used to burst (or bang) while cooking, due to rusk (dried bread) being added to the meat. Mash, meanwhile, refers to the mashed potatoes. This recipe was a staple at our home in Dublin at Halloween. It is a very cheap, very traditional supper, and one that truly requires good sausage. Try to use a good quality sausage or perhaps even a bratwurst. Please note that this is a very thin gravy, as is traditional. It will still be very liquidy.

Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken

Rating: 4.51 stars
This is the kind of recipe that you just throw together. No need to truss or fuss. Pop it into a very hot oven and it is ready in a hurry.

Inspiration and Ideas

10 Halloween Dinner Ideas
Before you send them out the door, give your ghouls a hearty dinner.
Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers
"Loved these! My son had a blast making these with me." – Milyhoou

Spooky Calzone Snake

Rating: 4.51 stars

I came up with this idea for Halloween. I baked it in an S shape after combining an egg yolk with food coloring (I made several colors with several yolks) and painted to make a colorful striped snake. I used various food items to make a tongue, nostrils, and eyes (olives, peppercorns, fruit roll-up, etc). It was a hit with the kids! Serve with spaghetti sauce for dipping.