25 Family-Friendly Halloween Meals

What’s your trick-or-treating game plan?

We’re taking my niece and three nephews trick-or-treating in this cutest, coziest corner of the Hollywood Hills where each house is decorated up to Martha Stewart standards and everyone gives out candy (and I mean the good stuff). Yes, Los Angeles is a sprawling city and Hollywood is better known for clubs and premieres than block parties for the K-6 crowd, but this one little corner is like a slice of Main Street USA.

Taking a page from our mother’s playbook, my sisters and I will unceremoniously stuff the little ones as much real food as possible in (likely vain) attempts to keep them from slipping into sugar comas later on. Experience tells us that comfort food standbys are always the winners so nothing can get too crazy or they’ll just skip the meal in hopes that means more M&Ms later on. Here’s a list of some recipes that pass muster — though, truth be told, I’d be inclined to eat these anytime of year.


White Bean, Poblano, and Chicken Soup

Autumn Veg Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw

Lemon and Garlic Barbecue Drumsticks

Roasted Tomato, Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup from www.aidamollenkamp.com

Roasted Tomato, Kale, Sausage, and Potato Soup

Spinach Tortellini Soup

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Chicken with Jalapeno Pesto from www.aidamollenkamp.com

Baked Chicken with Pistachio-Jalapeno Pesto

Chimichurri Shrimp with Lime Herb Rice

Mexican Spaghetti Squash

Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos from www.aidamollenkamp.com

Griddled Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Mexican Shredded Chicken

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

Paprika Roast Chicken Recipe

Smoked Paprika and Oregano Chicken

Mashed Potato Cheddar and Chive Waffles

Sausage and Three Cheese Lasagna


Serrano, Manchego, and Egg Breakfast Pizza

Favorite Margherita Pizza

Almond Butter Soba with Garlic Shrimp


Chorizo and Spinach Stuffed Shells

Chicken Parm French Bread Sandwiches


Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Peanut Soba Spring Rolls

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta


Thai-Style Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Roast Chicken with Caramelized Lemons and Tomatoes

Lion Courage Photo via Tara Faul on Flickr  


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