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10 Halloween Dinner Ideas for Adults

Halloween is coming and If you’re lucky enough *not* to be taking out a gang of candy-seeking, costumed children, you’re most probably making dinner plans. And whether your night includes burrowing into the couch with a spooky movie or treating a low-key dinner party with your fellow trick-or-treaters, Check out these awesome 10 Halloween dinner ideas that are festive, seasonal, and scary-tasty.

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1. Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Herbed White Wine Sauce

While everyone else is out trick-or-treating, you’ll be lounging on the couch with a big bowl of this homemade gnocchi (and a glass of wine).

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2. Easy One-Pot Lentil Kielbasa Soup

Tonight is all about staying cozy. This hearty, healthy dinner will do just fine.

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3. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Gorgonzola

After all, it is squash season.

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4. Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey

Skip the subpar takeout pizza (talk about spooky ) and make this homemade version instead. It’s cheesy, spicy and—best of all—ready in 30 minutes flat.

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5. Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

This soup has not one but two tricks up its sleeve: store-bought biscuit dough and your trusty Crock-Pot.

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6. Kale Salad with Persimmons, Crispy Chickpeas and Fried Shallots

This is to offset all the Halloween candy we’ll inevitably eat in the upcoming days (or weeks).

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Photo: Michael Marquand/Styling: Nisha Vora

7. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is all about maximum flavor and minimum effort, so naturally it takes just 30 minutes to whip up. Psst: Use pre-chopped squash to make it even easier.

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8. Cornish Hens in Parchment Paper

We think we just found the easiest Halloween dinner in the history of ever—the veggies and chicken steam in their packets, so the parchment does all the hard work. Even better, the cleanup is a breeze.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

9. Cheater’s Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Beef stew, but make it fancy…and then tell everyone at the party you’re being Julia Child for Halloween.

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10. Healthy Slow-Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili Recipe

Few things are more comforting than a steaming bowl of chili on an, ahem, chilly evening. This one has ground turkey to keep it light.

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Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

 

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