36 Halloween Dinner Ideas for Adults

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It’s Halloween: If you’re lucky enough *not* to be chaperoning a gang of candy-seeking, costumed children, you’re probably making dinner plans. And whether your night involves burrowing into the couch with a spooky movie or hosting a low-key (and socially distant) dinner party with your fellow non-trick-or-treaters, we’ve got 36 Halloween dinner ideas that are festive, seasonal and scary-delicious. Need a few more menu ideas? We've got you covered with spooky Halloween cocktails to serve and Halloween desserts that will round out your meal.

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1. Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Herbed White Wine Sauce

While everyone else is out trick-or-treating, you’ll be lounging on the couch with a big bowl of this homemade gnocchi (and a glass of wine).

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2. Easy One-Pot Lentil Kielbasa Soup

Tonight is all about staying cozy. This hearty, healthy dinner will do just fine.

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3. Yotam Ottolenghi's Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Gorgonzola

After all, it is squash season.

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4. Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey

Skip the subpar takeout pizza (talk about spooky ) and make this homemade version instead. It’s cheesy, spicy and—best of all—ready in 30 minutes flat.

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5. Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

This soup has not one but two tricks up its sleeve: store-bought biscuit dough and your trusty Crock-Pot.

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6. Kale Salad with Persimmons, Crispy Chickpeas and Fried Shallots

This is to offset all the Halloween candy we’ll inevitably eat in the upcoming days (or weeks).

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7. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is all about maximum flavor and minimum effort, so naturally it takes just 30 minutes to whip up. Psst: Use pre-chopped squash to make it even easier.

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8. Cornish Hens in Parchment Paper

We think we just found the easiest Halloween dinner in the history of ever—the veggies and chicken steam in their packets, so the parchment does all the hard work. Even better, the cleanup is a breeze.

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9. Cheater’s Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Beef stew, but make it fancy…and then tell everyone at the party you’re being Julia Child for Halloween.

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10. Healthy Slow-Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili Recipe

Few things are more comforting than a steaming bowl of chili on an, ahem, chilly evening. This one has ground turkey to keep it light.

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11. Low-Carb Zucchini Enchiladas

Sure, they’re healthier for you—that’s not why we’re making them on repeat. It’s because they’re also really delicious.

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12. Antoni Porowski’s Moroccan-Style Pasta Bolognese

The next best thing to getting Queer Eye’s food expert in our kitchen? His meaty, tasty pasta sauce. Make it ahead and store it in the freezer if you’re into dinner meal-prepping.

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13. Pumpkin Soup in Pumpkin Bowls

Guys, come on. This is a Halloween no-brainer.

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14. Spicy Turkey Enchiladas with Pumpkin Seeds

Enchiladas, but make it autumnal.

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15. Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash

Who needs a bowl when you’ve got a gourd? They’re filled with quinoa, chickpeas, Gruyère and all the good stuff.

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16. Pumpkin Pizza Crust with Arugula and Prosciutto

While we’re here, we might as well stay on theme. This easy and festive pizza recipe makes great use of the canned pumpkin you already have in your pantry.

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17. Macaroni and Cheese in Acorn Squash Bowls

This is—dare we say it?—better than a bowl of Halloween candy.

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18. One-Pan Creamy Chicken Fricassee with Sage

What’s the opposite of spooky and scary? Glossy, saucy chicken in a skillet (with almost no cleanup) is what.

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19. Pumpkin Polenta

Rich, creamy and oh-so-seasonal. You can use fresh or canned pumpkin, depending on how fancy you want to get.

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20. Split Pea Soup with Ham

Raise your hand if you grew up eating your mom’s split pea soup every fall. This one will bring back all the nostalgic dinner feelings.

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21. One-Pot Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Now this is how you do Halloween.

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22. Butternut Squash Risotto with Crispy Leeks

Risotto is the ultimate comfort food, even when unadorned. Add creamy squash to fall-ify it, and you’ll be going back for seconds (or thirds).

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23. Spicy Bucatini Amatriciana

Spooky? Nope. Spicy? You bet. This pasta will become a weeknight regular long past Halloween night.

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24. Sausage, Corn and Poblano Chowder

When you’re sufficiently chilly and tired from handing out candy, come inside to a bowl of chowder that will warm you right up.

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25. Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms and Bacon

This dinner is creamy, filling and begging to be served with a cup of homemade apple cider.

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26. Honey Mustard Sheet-Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

On our ideal Halloween dinner checklist? Fast, easy, minimal cleanup and tastier than a king-size chocolate bar.

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27. Mac and Cheese with Crispy Parmesan-Phyllo Crust

The decadent, cheesy pasta is just waiting to emerge from that gorgeous blanket of phyllo rosettes.

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28. Roasted Squash and Tofu with Soy, Honey, Chili and Ginger

This is technically a side dish, but we recommend serving it as a vegetarian main course with rice on the side.

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29. Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup

While everyone else picks the candy apple out of their teeth, you’ll be enjoying a silky bowl of apple soup.

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30. Spinach and Three-Cheese Stuffed Shells

It’s not every day that we dig into a melty skillet full of cheesy, meaty pasta. But it’s Halloween and we’re going all out.

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31. Alison Roman’s Roasted Squash with Yogurt and Spiced Buttered Pistachios

Get ready: It’s almost Winter Squash Season.

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32. Baked Coconut-Curry Meatballs

FYI, baking your meatballs instead of pan-frying them ensures a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture that can’t be topped.

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33. French Onion Chicken

Our favorite fall soup meets an easy skillet chicken dinner that’s smothered in gooey Gruyère cheese—yum.

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34. Pumpkin Risotto with Seared Scallops

Feeling ambitious? Go ahead and roast your own pumpkin. Or don’t; canned will taste equally delicious.

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35. 30-Minute Coq Au Vin Chicken Meatballs with Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes

You had us at browned butter mashed potatoes, but the 30-minute cooking time certainly sweetens the deal.

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36. Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

Sorry, summer. You don’t own pasta salad. And this one has Halloween day written all over it.

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