Lunch or Dinner Halloween Recipes for Kids

Put a spooky spin on these main meals before trick-or-treating

Halloween Recipes for Kids Worm Hot Dogs
Looking for some scary (but tasty!) Halloween recipes for your preschooler? Try these Wormy Hot Dogs!. Amanda Rock

While it easy to get kids to eat on Halloween, what they are consuming might not necessarily fit in with your idea of a healthy meal. Before they head out for trick-or-treating on October 31, you want to make sure they've had something other than sweets or candy. The good news is that Halloween really lends itself to cooking fun, creative meals for lunch or dinner that little ones will want to eat.

These Halloween recipes are both spooky and delicious and can be whipped up in under 30 minutes -- plenty of time to head outside for some Halloween fun!

Wormy Hot Dogs

Prep time: about 10 minutes
Cook time: about 7 minutes
Serves: 4

What you need:
8 hot dogs 
4 buns -- in this case, hamburger buns are probably best, but hot dog buns work fine too)
1/2 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Get cooking!

  1. Cut each hot dog into quarters, lengthwise, and then again in half lengthwise. (You should have eight hot dog strips for each hot dog.)
  2. Cook according to package directions. The hot dogs should begin to curl up at the edges. Drain the water, and add other ingredients until cooked through. 
  3. Place onto buns and serve.

Hot Dog Mummies

Prep time: about 10 minutes
Cook time: about 15 minutes
Serves: 8

What you need:
8 hot dogs 
1 8 ounce package of crescent rolls
Ketchup and mustard

Get cooking!

  1. Roll out the crescent rolls and seal up the edges of the triangles to make rectangles. You should wind up with four. 
  2. Cut each rectangle into eight strips, giving you 32 total. 
  3. Wrap four pieces of the dough around each hot dog, stretching it out so it appears to have mummy wrappings. Leave a space near the top for the mummy's eyes to peek out.
  1. Bake about 15 minutes on a cookie sheet until the dough is golden. Draw a face on each mummy using ketchup or mustard.

Other Ideas for Halloween Meals

Sometimes a spooky dinner is all in the presentation. Try some of these classic recipes and just add a Halloween twist to them.

Spaghetti and Oozing Eyeballs

This fun take on a classic recipe is sure to have everyone squirming in their seats! Start by making your own favorite spaghetti and meatball recipe, with one change. Cut string cheese into four lengthwise pieces. Insert one piece into the center of each meatball, letting a little hang out at the top. When the meatballs are finished baking, add an olive slice (either black or palmetto) on top of the cheese to give it a gross, oozing effect.

Bat Wings

Serve up your favorite Buffalo Wing or Chicken Wing recipe and call them Bat Wings. Serve with "blood" (ketchup) and "mummy paste" (creamy blue cheese dressing) for dipping. Cut up carrots and celery sticks can be renamed as "alien bones."

Monster Fingers

Make your usual recipe for chicken fingers with one Halloween addition: cut up red, green, yellow, and orange bell peppers into small triangles. Once the chicken fingers are prepared, place a colorful pepper "fingernail" onto the end of each.

Arrange four or five monster fingers on a plate to make it look like a monster hand.

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