Halloween is an exciting holiday because you can really go all out. You can decorate your house, think up elaborate costumes for the whole family and even cook up some deliciously spooky Halloween-themed food. If cooking spooky food isn’t a family tradition, once you see these recipes you’ll want to make it one! Make these all week leading up to the big day and your kids will love it.
We’re going to keep things simple and prove how you can transform an ordinary pasta dish into a spooktacular one! After all, pasta dishes are often a kid and family-favorite. Put your creative cap on and let’s get cooking!
Halloween is busy on its own. You have to get everyone ready, costumes on, get the creative makeup done, trick-or-treating bags ready and be out the door at a reasonable hour. The last thing on your mind is cooking up a meal.
If that’s you, don’t opt for the takeout because with this recipe you will see how easy it is to whip not just any meal up but one that is perfect for Halloween night. The colorful spaghetti comes from food coloring and the creepy eyes come from mozzarella balls and olives. Make your family Halloween dinner one they won’t forget.
https://www.makelifelovely.com/spooky-spaghetti-with-eyeballs-pasta/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MAKE LIFE LOVELY
Whether you’re throwing a big Halloween bash or cooking an intimate dinner for your family you need to try making this Frankenstein pasta. It’ll be the talk of the table and everyone will love it.
If you don’t love dyed food then that is totally okay! Go the natural route with this recipe! Instead of green food coloring, this pasta is naturally colored thanks to basil pesto. Along with a few ingredients and a dash of creativity you can have this Frankenstein served on a platter quickly.
https://www.superhealthykids.com/frankenstein-pasta/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SUPER HEALTHY KIDS
Sometimes all it takes to make a picky eater lover their food is to provide them with an intriguing presentation. This recipe is so easy you could even have them help you make it.
The noodles are created by cooking spaghetti noodles and then tossing them in drops of purple food coloring. Then pair it with the delicious homemade marinara sauce recipe and they’ll gobble it up in no time.
https://www.jennsblahblahblog.com/purple-four-eyed-monster-spaghetti-halloween-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JENN’S BLAH BLAH BLOG
Macaroni and cheese is often a kid-favorite. There is no wonder why, it is creamy, cheesy and delicious! This recipe shows how you can give a traditional dish like mac and cheese a small makeover to make it perfectly fitting for Halloween dinner.
This isn’t your average box of mac and cheese, this is homemade mac and cheese with a few disgustingly awesome tweaks. You’ll start off by making the homemade cheesy sauce then by adding in green food coloring your turn this average dinner into a toxic waste masterpiece.
https://cookingwithcurls.com/2016/09/07/toxic-waste-mac-cheese/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COOKING WITH CURLS
Your kids are going to be indulging in a bag full of candy in no time. To help alleviate the stomach aches make sure to send them off to their trick-or-treating adventures with a belly full of a hearty and healthy meal.
This spooky Halloween pasta is made from black bean pasta. This means you won’t need any food coloring to create a spooky plate. Serve with warm pasta sauce and get creative with the presentation.
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Pasta is great as a warm hot and hearty meal, but it is also a great ingredient for salads. To create the deep color, you’ll want to use a natural purple food coloring.
To finish the pasta salad you’ll combine fresh veggies and Italian salad dressing for a delicious lunch or light dinner. You can even go an extra step, and get creative by cutting out cute jack-o-lantern faces in your cucumber slices.
http://smilesandwich.com/2014/10/08/healthy-halloween-pasta-salad/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SMILE SANDWICH
If you’re trying to avoid food coloring this Halloween, another great pasta option is spinach pasta. It’s naturally green and perfect for a spooky bowl of dinner.
This pasta bowl gets a Halloween makeover with tiny edible eyeballs. These are made from cheese string slices and pieces of black olive. This recipe will fill you in on an easy secret to help you make the perfect eyes for a fun dinner.
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/eyeball-pasta-halloween-dinner-idea/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SPEND WITH PENNIES
This recipe is incredibly easy. You will only need 3 ingredients that you’ll most likely have on hand. The assembly is easy too so you can let your kids join in on the fun and make it a fun-filled family dinner.
These wormy dogs are created by pushing spaghetti noodles through cut up pieces of hot dogs. You’ll boil the wormy dogs until the pasta has reached the perfect consistency. Then, to enjoy for dinner, serve with your families favorite pasta sauce.
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/wormy-dogs-hot-dogs-n-spaghetti/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SPEND WITH PENNIES
Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite Fall activities. However, you don’t have to stop there, try carving jack-o-lantern peppers.
They’re so easy and your kids will get a kick out of them. It might actually encourage them to eat something healthy like peppers. Then to make this a wholesome meal, the jack-o-lantern peppers are filled with spaghetti.
https://fountainavenuekitchen.com/spooky-spaghetti-stuffed-peppers/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FOUNTAIN AVENUE KITCHEN
There are so many pasta dishes out there that come in so many flavors, sizes and presentations, there is something for everyone! Try something different this Halloween and whip up a pasta pie!
A springform pan will help you create the pie shape and you’ll want to use rigatoni pasta. The finishing touch, the edible eyes, is how this dinner is converted into a spooktacular dish that you won’t regret.
https://www.parents.com/recipe/pasta-pie/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PARENTS
Another great way to enjoy a pasta is in a casserole. This cheesy baked casserole might look intriguing but the flavor is what everyone will be talking about.
Before putting the casserole together make sure to cook and drain the pasta. Then when you’re ready to assemble you’ll begin by spraying a baking dish with cooking spray. To finish, combine the pasta with loads of cheese and sauce for a delicious bite.
https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/baked-eyeballs-casserole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CAMPBELLS
If you haven’t heard of squid ink pasta, it’s essentially pasta that has been naturally colored from squid ink. That sounds odd and maybe nose turning for some but this blogger exclaims that it doesn’t have a strange taste what so ever!
The squid ink does, however, provide pasta with a perfect deep black Halloween color. Pair the pasta with an orange harvest vegetable like butternut squash and a few other healthy ingredients for a healthy yet delicious bite.
https://bakemeaway.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/halloween-pasta/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BAKE ME AWAY
This linguini also has a deep black color provided by squid ink but this dinner a little more gourmet. You’ll trade orange veggies for delicious shrimp and cherry tomatoes.
This recipe happens to be incredibly easy and will require less than 30 minutes to create. A few other ingredients like fresh basil, garlic, and white wine make this dish really stand out. It’s the perfect grown-up Halloween themed dinner you may ever try!
https://www.platingsandpairings.com/squid-ink-linguini-with-shrimp-and-cherry-tomatoes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PLATINGS AND PAIRINGS
This dinner is very creative but quite terrifying. You might want to save this one if you have older children at home.
The severed fingers are created from hot dogs, onions and a dollop of ketchup. Once the hot dogs are cooked and assembled you’ll lay them on top a bed of linguine noodles. If you want to make this dish extra spooky add a few drops of green food coloring to the pasta for a spooktacular meal!
https://www.thepeachkitchen.com/2013/10/halloween-pasta-recipe-pesto-severed-fingers/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE PEACH KITCHEN
Creativity doesn’t have to only extend to the food itself. Another great way to transform your meal into one that is Halloween themed is to be creative with the presentation.
This idea takes ordinary macaroni and cheese and serves it in a Jack-O-Lantern cup. To create these, you’ll simply use clear cups and a black sharpie marker. It’s an interactive and easy way to get your kids involved in the preparations for dinner.
https://www.theseasonedmom.com/jack-o-lantern-mac-cheese-cups/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE SEASONED MOM
Gluten-free options are filling the shelves with more and more people being diagnosed with Celiac disease and gluten intolerances. If you don’t have access to a variety of gluten-free options or love online shopping we’ve included a black bean spaghetti for you.
This pasta may be gluten-free but it is also perfectly colored for your Halloween meal. Pair it with a bold red pasta sauce and some cheesy eyeballs for a fun-filled meal.
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If creativity isn’t your forte, no need to fret! Instead of making fancy Halloween-themed food try adding this Halloween pasta to your dinner.
In this package of pasta, you can expect to see shapes of spiders, cobwebs, and jack-o-lanterns. The whole family will love discovering what shapes are on their spoon.
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Last but not least, we’re including an intriguing bow tie pasta. This package includes a mix of all black bow tie pasta pieces as well orange and black stripes.
Mix this pasta with your favorite sauce and mix in as many veggies as you want. You could even add in protein like chicken or tofu for a wholesome meal.
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