Halloween Dinner Ideas

By October 24, 2011 April 15th, 2019 Cooking, Halloween, Holidays

We continue the Halloween Fun today with Cyclops Meatballs and Vampire Bites. When I create Halloween Food, I typically like to make cute treats, but I just couldn’t pass up sharing these spooky Halloween Dinner Ideas.

You all know how I love to create and share Halloween Food, so when California Black Ripe Olives asked me to come up with a spooky treat using their olives, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Did you know that California Black Ripe Olives may be grown in California, but they’re available in supermarkets, club stores and local markets all over the country? California olive growers produce more than 95 percent of the black ripe olives grown in the US.  And these growers operate multi-generational family farms from the inland valleys of California from San Diego County to far north of Sacramento County.

I was planning on sharing Mummy Meatloaves that I spotted in the Woman’s Day magazine, but when I saw these Cyclops Meatballs over at Foodista, I knew they were perfect! They used spinach spaghetti for their hair, but I couldn’t find any, so I opted to use regular noodles and add a little green food coloring to the water as they boiled.

When I flipped over my Pillsbury Calendar on October 1st, and saw the Vampire Bites, I knew right away they would be a hit. I changed them up a bit though. Pillsbury shares them with a whole piece of garlic, and while I love garlic and it definitely would keep away the vampires {and anyone else around me!} I just couldn’t see putting a whole piece inside the olive. So I sauteed a little butter and added some finely chopped garlic, then brush the mixture on the rolled out biscuit. By using refrigerated biscuits, it also made the Vampire Bites, quick and easy.

And another fun idea that we used California Black Ripe Olives…Frankenstein Appetizers

Looking for more Halloween Dinner Ideas like Frankie? Check out the Halloween Round-Up!

For more great recipes with California Black Ripe Olives or their Facebook page

Halloween Food:Cyclops Meatballs and Vampire Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A fun Halloween Treat for the kids. Recipes from HoosierHomemade.com


Cyclops Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef, ground pork or a combination
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped California Black Ripe Olives

Vampire Bites

  • 1 tube refrigerated biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 can California Black Ripe Olives
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon milk



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with foil liners
  2. Mix all ingredients together until well combined
  3. Make a large ball and push into the cupcake liner
  4. Bake 20-30 or until brown and done in the middle
  5. To display: Boil noodles in water with a few drops of green food coloring. Add a slice of California Black Ripe Olive for the eye and some ketchup for the mouth

Vampire Bites

  1. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter
  3. Add the chopped garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes
  4. Cut biscuit in half and roll out with your hand
  5. Brush biscuit with butter/garlic mixture
  6. Place a whole California Black Ripe Olive in the middle
  7. Wrap dough around olive
  8. Place on cookie sheet
  9. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

Disclosure: I received California Black Ripe Olives to try and share a recipe with you. As always, all opinions are my own.

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