Spooky Halloween Dinner

Y’all who know me know that I love any excuse to celebrate. I also love traditions. I love the looks on my children’s faces when I take the time to elevate a seemingly normal day into something special. It’s my hope that one day, when they recount their childhoods, they will look back and remember these days with fondness. I hope they continue these traditions with their children… and if not, no worries. Grandma will have it covered. Ha!

Every fall we have a Spooky Halloween Dinner.

I set the table with “spooky” decorations. I’ve got quite the stash going by now, so I don’t really *need* to buy anything, but my go-to spots for holiday decorations on the cheap at the Target Dollar Spot, the Christmas Tree Shop, the Dollar Tree, and Walmart.

I plan a menu. For the kids, simple is always best. Typically I include mummy dogs, zombie brains, pumpkins, jack o’lanterns, and some sweet treats.

Mummy Dogs

You will need a pack of hot dogs, ketchup, and a tube of crescent rolls. If you can find the sheet of crescent rolls, that will make less work for you. Simply roll out the crescent rolls and pinch two together to make a rectangle. Cut into strips (I use a pizza cutter). Then wrap the strips haphazardly around your (uncooked) hot dogs. Don’t be neat – loop over and around just like mummy wrappings. Place the hot dogs on a cookie sheet and cook according to the directions for the crescent rolls. Make eyes with ketchup.

Zombie Brains

These are cut frozen meatballs that I cook in the crockpot. The sauce is a jar of grape jelly and a bottle of chili sauce. (Don’t be scared of the chili sauce – it isn’t hot at all.) If you can’t find chili sauce or you don’t wish to use it, you can sub with a bottle of red BBQ sauce.

Jack O’Lanterns

I mean, this couldn’t be easier. I used boxed macaroni and cheese, served it in clear cups, and drew a jack o’lantern face on the front.

Pumpkins

The pumpkins are mandarin oranges, peeled, with a small piece of celery used as the stem.

Ghosts

I don’t have a picture of the ghosts, but you can make these by peeling bananas and creating eyes and a mouth by sticking the pointed end of a chocolate chip into the banana.

Mummy pizzas are also an October stable in our house! You can customize the pizzas with whatever toppings you want, and you just create the mummy effect with mozzarella cheese cut into strips.

Mummy Pizzas

I use french bread as the base. Cut into half length-wise and cover with pizza sauce. Use whatever toppings you desire. You will need to use sliced mozzarella cheese that has been cut into strips. I alternate directions and place them diagonally on the bread. The eyes are just sliced olives. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes – make sure to watch these so they don’t burn.

My kids love tombstone puddings! I don’t make these every year, but I do when I can find the tombstones. They are just peeps! If you can’t find peeps, I’ve also used milano cookies and written on the cookies with icing.

Tombstone Pudding Cups

Use a clear cup, and fill with prepared pudding (either homemade or buy pre-made to make it even easier!). Crush up oreo cookies to use as dirt and place on top of the pudding. The tombstone is a Halloween peep I found at Target in the Halloween food section. Gummy worms provide a spooky finishing touch!

Our Spooky Halloween Dinner is typically when we carve pumpkins and/or decorate our Halloween gingerbread house. We actually haven’t yet had our Spooky Halloween dinner, but its on the schedule for this week. I’ll be sure to post pictures of this year’s dinner once we have it.

Tell me – do you have any Halloween traditions? I’d love to see your pictures if you decide to have a Spooky Halloween Dinner of your own!

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