Ten easy slow cooker recipes that you can start the morning of Halloween, so that you can focus on primping/ghoulifying yourself in the evening. And so that you actually eat something besides Snickers that night.

10 Crock-Pot Recipes for Halloween from The Food Charlatan

It’s almost crunch time guys. 4 days til Halloween. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s time to live up to the vague “I’ll totally just make that” costume ideas I came up with weeks ago.

Charlotte made our Halloween game plan. One day she said, “I’ll be The Little Mermaid, Mom, and YOU can be the witch!” Gee thanks darling daughter. Eric is going to be Prince Eric (of course). It’s actually quite appropriate, even beyond the name. Sometimes Charlotte gets all dressed up for pretend date nights, and when I ask her who she’s going with she looks at me like I’m an idiot and says, “Daddy.”

I found Charlotte’s Ariel costume for 8 bucks at a thrift store, which I took as a good omen at first. But Truman is going to be Flounder, and his costume is still…in the works. I bought blue fabric to sew fins onto a yellow shirt but have yet to find a yellow shirt. Did I mention I don’t sew? AT ALL.

Ursula should be no problem. I bought a huge XL black leather bra (with biker fringe!) at the thrift store, since huge jugs are pretty much Ursula’s defining characteristic. What you thought it was the tentacles? You were wrong. I snatched that baby up faster than you can say supa classy. Anything goes on Halloween, stuffing your huge Ursula bra included.

The last thing anyone needs while stuffing their bra is to worry about dinner, so I’ve got you covered with some slow cooker ideas today. That way you can set it and forget it instead of resorting to Halloween candy all night long because you didn’t have time for dinner. Here we go!

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls:
Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls from The Food Charlatan

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff from Andi at The Weary Chef (this recipe is everywhere for a GOOD REASON):

10 Crock-Pot Recipes for Halloween from The Food Charlatan

Crockpot Lasagna from The Girl Who Ate Everything:

10 Crock-Pot Recipes for Halloween from The Food Charlatan

Beef Barley Soup from yours truly (I know I just posted this, but it’s just so darn good you guys, it’s worth another mention):

Beef Barley Soup from TheFoodCharlatan.com

CrockPot Italian Sausage Spaghetti from Julie’s Eats and Treats:

10 Crock-Pot Recipes for Halloween from The Food Charlatan

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket French Dip Sandwiches from my girl Courtney at NeighborFood:

10 Crock-Pot Recipes for Halloween from The Food Charlatan

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili (this soup is mostly from cans. Soooo easy):

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili (Crockpot)

Coca Cola Pulled Chicken Sliders from Snixy Kitchen:


Mixed Bean and Ham Hock Soup from Tastes Lovely:

10 Crock-Pot Recipes for Halloween from The Food Charlatan

Braised Beef Bacon Chili from She Wears Many Hats:



UPDATE 2016! I made another crock pot round up if you need more ideas. 9 Easy Brock Pot Dinners for Halloween Night:

9 Easy Crock Pot Dinners for Halloween Night from The Food Charlatan


You might also want to check out these easy/quick dinner ideas from a Back to School Dinner Round Up I did recently. They are not all slow cooker, but some good ideas for quick meals. Happy Halloween guys!

13 Easy Back to School Dinners

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  1. Such a great roundup Karen – perfect for Halloween! (Pinned!) And seriously, you BETTER get pics of your super cute fam on Friday!

    1. Thanks for pinning Trish! I was going to text you this morning–I mentioned that you and I were at the Diamond Tour together in my recap post I published this morning, and my best friend texted me and was like, “OMG you met Mom on Timeout!!! I love her breakfast burritos!!” :) It made me smile.

  2. Amazing recipe round-up Karen! They all look so delicious, especially love the pulled chicken sliders!

  3. “The last thing anyone needs while stuffing their bra is to think about dinner” HAHA!! Love this. I’m with everyone else who would like to see pictures of your costume!!

  4. 1. OH MY – you better show pictures. Like as soon as you get dressed up in your huge Ursula bra, you better text me a family photo.
    2. You should check out my Fred Flintstone costume for some sewing inspiration. #talent. Can you make me a flounder costume? My acupuncturist (yup) told me she’s going to be a fish for halloween – she’s going to wear all black and wear a fish stuffed animal on her head (I assume she’ll cut out the insides to make it a hat?) Anyway – if the yellow shirt fails, you could back up plan with the filet fish hat.
    3. Thanks for sharing my Coca Cola sliders!!

  5. Puh-lease post a picture of your halloween costume on Instagram! It sounds amazing! And I bet Truman is going to be the cutest little Flounder fish. Thank you SO much for including one of my soups in this recipe roundup! I’m virtually hugging you from my couch while I’m watching 19 Kids and Counting : )

  6. I’m loving this list of crockpot recipes! Hopefully if I fill the boys up with good food before we go out trick-or-treating, they’ll be a little less room for candy? It’s a nice thought anyway!

    1. I know right Julie?? At least we can tell ourselves that hopefully they won’t have too bad of a candy hangover if they actually eat dinner… :)

  7. Thanks for including me! You’re going to have to share pictures of your Ursula costume. I’m dying just thinking about it!

    1. Of course Courtney! I had a hard time choosing, you have a lot of awesome looking slow cooker recipes!!

  8. Great round up, Karen! I hope there is going to be photographic evidence of the stuffed Ursula bra!!

  9. I’m glad you gave the Beef Barley Soup another mention! I was already forgetting about it and I really want to give it a try! And also, I wasn’t even thinking about dinner for Trick or Treat night. Our neighborhood is known in other towns as the best place to go for candy, ha, so we will be busy busy busy! A crockpot meal is an excellent idea. :)

    1. SO fun! Or annoying , I guess, depending on your perspective. We’ve never been home to pass out candy since being in a house (people tend not to trick or treat much in apartments.) Curious to see if our neighborhood has a lot of kids coming around!

  10. I am so looking forward to seeing pictures of your costume Karen! haha! And I love the idea of making a crock-pot meal. So perfect for a busy night scrambling to get costumes ready.

      1. I have tried to print the mixed beans and ham hocks, under the 10 Crockpot Recipes for Halloween Night, to No avail., its nothing to do with my printer, cause I had just printed other recipes off another site with no problems.I’d love to have this, for me, I love 15 bean soups beans and with ham hocks too, so this recipe is one I’d love to try and especially in the crockpot. I hope you can help me with this problem, I have just happened on your site for the first time, while cruising through pintrest, I like what I see, would live to print mire recipes as well. TY IA

        1. Hey Kimm! In order to print this recipe you need to go to the site where the recipe was posted! This is a round up post, meaning that you have to click on each picture to go to another page to get the recipe. My friend Natalie from Tastes Lovely posted this recipe. So click on the picture of the soup, then click the “Print” button next to the recipe. I just tried it and it worked fine for me! Enjoy your soup!

  11. hahaha so funny, I demand photos of your huge Ursula bosom. Also I love chicken stroganoff…very excited to put my crockpot to work.

    1. I was trying to work “huge TRACTS of land” into the post but couldn’t quite manage. We’ll see if the photos are shareable!! I might end up looking trashy and not sea-goddess-like.

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