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Spooky-simple dinner ideas for trick-or-treating chaos

Friday, October 26, 2012

When Halloween falls on a week night, it can be a bit of a rush to get home from work, feed your little monsters dinner, get them dressed in all their costume gear (snow pants included some years) and ship them out into the night, hoping they come back with a few snacks for you. Phew! It’s tiring just thinking about it.

This year, try starting a tradition with Halloween dinner being a fun and memorable piece of the chaos! Here are some quick and easy ideas we found on Pinterest to give your goblins the energy they need to keep ringing doorbells:

Ghost juice boxes : Wrap juice boxes in white electrical tape, add some google-y eyes…you’ve got some cute ghosts that’ll keep them hydrated!

Mummy hot dogs: Wrap hot dogs with ready-to-bake crescent dough, bake for 12 minutes at 375 degrees. Add 2 mustard eyes and you have a frightfully easy dinner solution!

Candy Corn Quesadillas:

  • Heat: 1 rotisserie chicken (cut up), 1 – 16 oz. jar of salsa, 1 cup corn, ¼ barbecue sauce and ½ teaspoon ground cumin in a large sauce pan
  • Brush butter over one side of 10” flour tortilla. Place buttered side down, in a large skillet. Spread with 1 cup chicken mixture; top with another tortilla, buttered side up. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until bottom is lightly browned. Flip.
  • Spread 1/2 cup queso dip over top of quesadilla. Create the candy corn look by sprinkling cheese around outside edge. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Remove to a cutting board. Sprinkle crushed tortilla chips over middle of quesadilla. Spoon a dollop of sour cream into the center. Cut into six wedges.

Crazy apple mouths : Quarter an apple. Cut the center of each apple slice out to remove the skin leaving the peel around the edge for the “lips”. Dip in lemon juice to prevent browning. Poke 5 or 6 slivered almonds into the apple as teeth.

Trick-or-Treating dinner can become a tradition as prevalent as Thanksgiving! Let your kids play with their food or even have them help make the treats - you’ll be the coolest mummy on the block!

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