The best way to tackle dinner before trick-or-treating with your little ones on Halloween is to lean on your slow cooker. Since you don't have much time to spend in the kitchen, stick with recipes that can cook all day or even in advance, so there's little to do before chowing down. Here are 12 slow cooker recipes for a wholesome dinner before you head out for trick-or-treating.
Halloween night calls for a dinner that's homey and comforting — preferably with extra cheese. Layer everything in the slow cooker, then eight hours later prepare to dig into a deeply satisfying supper.
There's a few minutes of upfront work before everything goes in the slow cooker, then come dinner all that's left to do is stuff the potatoes and pile on your favorite taco toppings.
This weeknight-friendly meal is as simple as combining salsa and chicken breasts in the slow cooker, and cooking until tender. Stuff the saucy, shredded meat into tacos or quesadillas, or serve atop grain bowls or a hearty dinner salad.
Load up your slow cooker with lentils, beans, and vegetables in the morning and when you get home from work, dinner will be done and waiting for you. Make this meal even easier by starting with pre-cut butternut squash.
Throw all these ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning so all that's left to do is shred the meat and stuff it into a pillowy roll before dinner.
This is the kind of slow cooker recipe that was made for nights like Halloween. It takes less than five minutes to pull together and then rewards you with a delicious dinner when you're ready to eat.
This is exactly the kind of hearty, warming soup you want to tuck into on a cool fall night. And it comes together with a bunch of simple pantry staples.
Skip the takeout teriyaki and turn to your slow cooker for an easy dinner instead. Since this recipe doesn't cook all day, I like taking advantage of its make-ahead potential by making the chicken and sauce the night before, then just reheating.
With ground turkey, sweet potatoes, and black beans, you can feel good knowing that your trick-or-treaters are filled with a wholesome meal before digging into all their Halloween sweets.
This is a dump-and-go recipe that is perfect for a busy night like Halloween. It calls for chicken thighs, so you can be sure the meat is packed with flavor and stays super tender throughout cooking.
This light yet hearty stew is easy to pull together with a slew of vegetables and ingredients from the pantry. Many of the vegetables and greens can be easily swapped in and out depending on what you have on hand.
This is a mostly hands-off meal. All you'll need to do before sitting down to the table is stuff the sausage, peppers, and onions on a roll and squirt a generous amount of mustard on top.