It starts to get dark pretty early when October rolls around, and by October 31st (aka Halloween) you’re hard pressed to get a decent meal on the table and into the bellies of your little trick-or-treaters before darkness strikes and they hit the streets to collect as much loot as possible. Couple that with having to get your little ones dressed and into their costumes and Halloween night can become more of a stress-fest than a scream-fest. To help save you some much needed time this Halloween, we’ve collected some of the best spooky-themed suppers out there that can be ready in 30 minutes or less.
Your little dumplings will love these pork dumplings, mostly because once cooked, these wrinkly red delights look just like brains! Save even more time by steaming store-bought dumplings and tossing in the chili-sesame sauce.
http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a19892/pork-dumplings-chile-sesame-sauce-recipe-fw1012/ Photo by: Delish
Most kids are crazy about both hot dogs and spaghetti, thankfully they both happen to be incredibly easy foods to prepare in 30 minutes or less. Make meal time extra spooky by threading spaghetti noodles through hot dogs before cooking to make these squiggly spider dogs.
https://www.babble.com/best-recipes/hot-dog-spaghetti-spiders/ Photo by: Babble
The pumpkin theme doesn’t have to stop at your doorstep on Halloween, although we suggest leaving your jack-o-lantern where it is and instead serve these sweet pumpkin raviolis on fright night. Making your own pasts might sound time consuming but with store-bought pasta sheets these are an easy make ahead you can cook at the last minute.
http://www.recipeshubs.com/?s=pumpkin+ravioli Photo by: Recipes Hub
These hearty (and can I say, cute) peppers are stuffed with a rice, meat and vegetable filling and are sure to lay a solid base for hours spent pounding the pavement while trick-or-treating.
https://undergroundculinarylab.wordpress.com/tag/stuffed-peppers/ Photo by: Underground Culinary Lab
This is the second spooky supper to feature hot dogs, but hey, there’s no denying that kids love them and they make a quick and easy dinner. This time, they get wrapped in strips of refrigerated crescent roll dough to give them a mummy-licious look for Halloween.
https://megseverydayindulgence.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/halloweenies-crescent-mummy-dogs/ Photo by: Meg’s Everyday Indulgence
Sandwiches might sound like a bit of a dinnertime cop-out, but sometimes it’s all that those hungry little ghouls are craving. Make their favorite and then give it a spooky twist by using a large coffin-shaped cookie cutter to make these frightfully-delicious little sandwiches.
http://thetimesweekly.com/news/2014/oct/30/rip-banana-pb-j-sandwiches/ Photo by: The Times Weekly
30 minutes? Try 5! All you need to create this spooky supper is some store-bought tomato soup and a bit of plain low-fat yogurt. Or if you’re ambitious, try making your own tomato soup ahead of time and reheating on Halloween night.
http://www.grandforksherald.com/content/jessica-karley-spiderweb-soup-jack-o-lantern-stuffed-peppers-and-more-halloween Photo by: Grand Forks Herald
Dinner time doesn’t get much easier than a puffy golden frittata and with wholesome eggs and veggie fillings it’s a nutritious dinner you can feel good about. Give yours a Halloween themed look by adding cheddar cheese, diced orange bell peppers and sliced black olives for that signature black and orange look.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/frittata.html Photo by: Food Network/The Pioneer Woman
On a night of all things sugar, why not embrace it into your dinner time as well? You’ve probably heard of cola used in pulled pork but it also works really well in these sloppy joe dogs. Plus there’s just something a bit creepy about ground beef that makes it work for a quick Halloween supper.
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sloppy-cola-joe-dogs Photo by: My Recipes
Pizza is always a good idea. It’s a fast, filling option that the kids all love and it only gets better when it’s in the form of this slithering calzone snake! Take a short cut by using refrigerated, store-bought pizza dough and fill with all your family’s favorite toppings like cheese, pepperoni and bell pepper.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/130268/spooky-calzone-snake/ Photo by: All Recipes