Fuelled up for fun: 8 pre-trick-or-treat meals kids will love

We've rounded up 8 great pre-trick-or-treating meals that are guarenteed to fill up your kids on Halloween (before things get scary!)

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If the thought of family dinner on Halloween leaves you feeling frightened, take courage: we’ve rounded up the heartiest meals you can feed your small superhero before they fly out the door.  Having a good meal before they get started trick-or-treating will go a long way towards making sure the night is fun for everyone.

The basic trick to getting dinner inside your kids on Halloween is making sure the meal is either ready-to-go or very easy to prepare (and preferably, both).

Our favourite options below:

These make-ahead Chicken Parm Meatballs freeze (and heat up) beautifully, ensuring you can get dinner on the table in about 10 minutes, no slow cooker needed. For you lucky families with slow cookers, Chicken Taco Bowls are a nice twist on a classic, and tasty to boot. And this Pumpkin Chili’s a no-brainer, but if you’re feeling fancy, the edible bread bowls are sure to please your little zombies. For veggie families, we love this make-ahead veggie crumble that lets little ones make like Ratatouille.

Pizza is always a hit, and you don’t have to start from scratch (although with little ones, starting from scratch is one of the best things about pizza). Check out our tips for making pizza into a party...but if you’re pressed for time, relax with this 5 minute recipe. Salmon or steelhead trout are also winning picks: they’re done in 10 minutes, they’re protein-packed for a long night of trick-or-treating, and since salmon’s in season right now, they’re affordable.

Of course, should you be lucky enough to have a true Halloween fan (or two) doing your cooking, that’s a game changer—your kids will need just a little help with the oven and 40 minutes to make this frightfully fancy black-and-orange linguine.  (Keep hunger at bay by snacking on some ghoulicious dip while you wait.)

If you’re looking for more ideas, try here and here for excellent pre-trick-or-treating recipes...and if you see something we’ve missed, let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

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