Meal Planning Monday ~ Happy Halloween!

This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I love everything about it from pumpkins to zombies.  I especially love decorating and baking for Halloween.  Over the weekend, I made dinner in a pumpkin.  It looked kind of gross and my husband was a bit hesitant to eat it, but Derrick and the kids ended up loving it.  I also made Mummy hot dogs for the kids’ lunch this weekend.  You would be surprised what ordinary lunches and dinners can be turned into awesome Halloween-themed meals!  Pinterest has been a great source of finding Halloween meal ideas.  Here are a few of my favorite Halloween meals that you and your kids will love.

Ghost Popsicles ~ (Pictured above.)  My kids went crazy over these!  Slice a banana in half, place a Popsicle stick in flat end, and then dip in vanilla yogurt.  Place 2 chocolate chips toward the top of the banana for eyes and freeze for 4 to 5 hours.  The original recipe called for white chocolate but I used yogurt instead that way I felt good about serving my kids popsicles.

Mummy Hot Dogs ~ This meal is super easy and super cheap.  Grab a can of crescent rolls and a pack of hot dogs.  (I found both on sale and paid $2 for both!)  Roll out the dough so the seams are together.  Cut into thin strips, then wrap around the hot dog.  Aren’t they cute?

Halloween Cinnamon Rolls ~ I haven’t tried these yet but they look amazing.  The recipe called for rainbow sprinkles but I’m going to substitute black and orange sprinkles and also tint the icing orange.

Pumpkin Quesadillas ~  These are super cute!  Take two tortillas and sprinkle cheddar cheese on one.  Take the other one cut out the face of a pumpkin.  Place pumpkin cut-out tortilla on top of the other one, then pop in the microwave for about 25 seconds.

Dinner in a Pumpkin ~ The recipe calls for ground turkey, mushrooms, onions, celery, rice, cream of mushroom soup, brown sugar and soy sauce, all baked inside of a pumpkin.  The thought of soy sauce and brown sugar scared me a bit but I was surprised it went together so well.  Here’s a picture of my pumpkin dinner and the recipe.

Dinner in a Pumpkin Recipe:

1 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery or water chestnuts
1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 1/2 cup cooked rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 medium pumpkin

Cut off the top of a pumpkin and clean the insides out.  Brown your meat in a large skillet with the onions and celery.  While the meat mixture is browning, cook your rice according to the package directions.  In large bowl, blend meat mixture, rice, soup, soy sauce, and brown sugar.  Spoon into pumpkin and replace the lid.  Set the pumpkin on a cookie sheet to capture any spills.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour or until pumpkin insides are soft.  Leave the lid on the pumpkin while it is baking to hold in the heat.


  1. claudia Malik says:

    Clever ideas, especially if you have young children;)