For many kids, Halloween is a holiday that ranks toward the top. Filled with candy and costumes, it’s a day packed with fun festivities that leads to what many children view as the grand finale: Trick-or-treating. But before you send them off to partake in the evening’s celebrations, prepare a healthy, Halloween-themed dinner that will fill them up. This way, they won’t be as inclined to chow down on as many of the sugar-filled sweets they’re sure to accumulate throughout the night.Try out one of our favaorites.

Worms for Brains

Taste of Home delivers a dinner dish that your children will love. Sweet orange peppers are carved like jack-o’-lanterns and stuffed with spaghetti noodles, creating a spooky supper that’s perfect for Halloween. To make this dish even healthier, use whole wheat noodles and lean ground beef.


  • 8-10 medium sweet orange peppers
  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti (optional: whole wheat noodles)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce

Directions: Cut tops off peppers and set aside; remove seeds and membranes. Cut a jack-o’-lantern face on one side of each pepper; set aside. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Drain spaghetti; add to beef. Stir in spaghetti sauce; heat through. Spoon into peppers; replace tops.

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