6 Halloween Night Dinners That Cook Themselves (PHOTOS)

Adriana Velez | Oct 1, 2014 Food & Party
6 Halloween Night Dinners That Cook Themselves (PHOTOS)

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Here's a spooky question: While you're out trick-or-treating with the kids, whooo will be cooking your dinner? Halloween night always presents that dilemma. You're busy getting costumes together, maybe volunteering at the school party, and running your kids all over the neighborhood. You kind of need dinner to cook itself that night! But not by a ghost.


So here are six simple but cozy dinner ideas for Halloween night that will let you do your haunting and still fill your family's bellies when you're all done.

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  • Ghost Pizza


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    This is something cute you can start ahead of time and then pop in the oven just before you're ready to eat.

    Shape your dough into a ghost and pre-bake just the crust until almost done. Crust is safe to store on your counter for the afternoon. When you're ready for dinner, add your sauce and toppings and then bake the whole thing at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbling.

    More from The Stir: 5 Crock-Pot Comfort Food Recipes for Cozy Family Dinners All Week

  • Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup


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    Butternut soup hits the spot on any fall night -- but that bright orange color is perfect for the occasion. This slow-cooker butternut squash soup recipe has a fun surprise: it's topped with maple roasted chickpeas! But of course, you can leave those out if they'll scare the kids.

  • Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili


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    You can use just about any three kinds of beans for this hot, steamy vegetarian chili recipe that cooks on its own in your Crock-Pot. Easy and filling for the big night ahead.

  • Slow Cooked Lasagna


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    Leave your oven on while you're out trick-or-treating? Don't make me scream! Play it safe and make this slow cooked lasagna recipe instead.

  • Meatloaf Zombies


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    We love this hilarious idea from Fabulously Frugal: Meatlof zombies! Just use your favorite slow-cooker meatloaf recipe, but add bacon "bandages" with chopped onion eyes and teeth.

  • Hot Dog Mummies


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    This is another cute make-ahead dinner idea: hot dog mummies. Just wrap hot dogs in crescent roll dough. When you're ready to eat, bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees, and that's a wrap!


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