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Halloween Casserole

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I’ve had a few people ask me to share the recipe for the Halloween casserole that I feed my family every Halloween.

I have no problem sharing, but I will warn you, there’s nothing gourmet about it. However, it is really fun for kids, and I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t like it.

There’s really nothing about it that screams Halloween, it’s just a dish that my mom made every Halloween back when we were kids, so it just got that name. It has been a fun tradition that I’ve carried on in my own family.

I love traditions and keeping things special, but my kids are begging me to make this more often. I’m not quite sure whether our Halloween casserole will become a more regular menu item, it certainly is easy enough, or whether we will keep it as a once a year treat.

Anyhow, if you are looking for an easy meal that your kids will LOVE, this would be it! The recipe as written feeds my huge bunch, you could certainly make less, or, you could enjoy the leftovers!

halloween casserole

For this recipe you will need:

  • 20 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 butter
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 46 ounce can of tomato juice
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 package hot dogs
  • 1 slice of American cheese for every hot dog you have

Prepare your pasta until it is al dente. While that is cooking, melt the butter in a saucepan and then add onion. Allow to cook for about 3 minutes. Then add flour and mix. Keep whisking these ingredients for about 2 minutes.

Next, add remaining ingredients except the pasta, hot dogs, and cheese to the saucepan. Allow to simmer for about 20-30 minutes.

Spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Add cooked pasta. On a cutting board, cut slits in hot dogs, creating a pocket to put cheese inside. Do NOT cut all the way through. Place cheese inside pockets. Carefully lay hotdogs with cheese into pasta. Pour sauce over pasta and hot dogs. Place in 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes until sauce is bubble and cheese is melted.


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    1. You’re welcome! Sorry I couldn’t get it up by Halloween…maybe it could be your “first Thursday of the month casserole?!” 😉 My kids really do love it. You’ll have to let me know how it goes over!

  1. When our kids were very young, my husband was getting them ready to trick-or-treat while I stayed home with the baby to pass out candy. I told him “Honey, they have to eat something first!” So he fried some hamburger, added spaghetti sauce, and the Halloween Sloppy Joes Tradition began. Ever since that night, sometimes I cook and sometimes he cooks, but we always have sloppy joes on Halloween. Even when the now-adults come with their kids, they check the stove and are never disappointed.

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