Six bento-style Halloween lunches in two rows of three on a dark background.

Get ready to sprinkle a little spookiness into your kid’s school day with our ghoulishly good Halloween lunch ideas! We’ve conjured up some fang-tastic, yet super simple, recipes that’ll have your little monsters eagerly digging into their fun Halloween lunches.

No tricks here, just treats! From creepy-cute sandwiches to bewitching bento boxes, these easy Halloween lunch ideas are a snap to make. We’re talking less than five minutes of hands-on time for each lunch! So, let’s get those lunch boxes ready for a haunted lunchtime adventure.

Halloween lunch idea: Frankenstein wrap in a bento-style lunchbox.

What are some easy ideas for making Halloween school lunches?

Before we show you our creations, let’s talk about some general ideas to spookify a school lunch. You don’t have to go “all in” to make a school lunch special. Here are a few ideas that will add some flair in a flash:

  • Use a Halloween-themed cookie cutter to shape sandwiches or slices of cheese into ghosts, pumpkins, or bats.
  • Throw in some candy eyes with fruit, veggies, or other sides.
  • Focus on the colors of the season—use orange, black, purple, or green foods for a colorful twist.
  • Include some Halloween-themed treats like gummy worms, Reese’s pumpkins, or candy corn.
  • Make up a batch of homemade Halloween Chex Mix, Halloween Puppy Chow, or Monster Munch to add to school lunches.
  • Keep it simple with store-bought snacks in Halloween packaging—we’ve seen Babybels, pretzels, crackers, and cookies all in special Halloween packaging at the store.
  • The fastest idea of all? Use one of our printable Halloween lunch notes!

Give me some easy Halloween lunch inspiration!

Alright, we took the time to snap photos of some of the school lunches we made during spooky season, and here we’ll share them with you—and show you how to make each one! Let’s get going.

Halloween monster wrap lunch with green grapes and green snap pea snack crisps.

Halloween Lunch Ideas

Frankenstein Monster Wrap Lunch

These wraps look cute and creepy, plus they are SO easy to make! Just grab some spinach tortillas and fill with your kiddo’s favorite sandwich fixings—we used cream cheese, baby spinach, and turkey slices in ours. Fold the tortilla into a rectangle-shaped wrap. Make the Frankenstein face features using seaweed snacks and sliced veggies. If your child is old enough to have a lunch with toothpicks, create the “bolts” on the side of the wrap using toothpicks and cheddar cheese cubes. We paired our green wrap with an all-green theme, including green grapes, pea snacks, and some Halloween-themed candy.

Overhead of a six-compartment bento-style lunchbox filled with all black foods and colorful plastic spiders.

All Black Spooky Lunch

One of the easiest ways to create a lunch on a theme is to go for all one color—this lunch took all of two minutes to pull together! We like using a snacking tray bento for this style of lunch. You can do this using any Halloween color theme—purple, green, orange—but we really enjoy the spooky and moody look of all-black. In our all-black lunch, we included seasoned black beans, Oreos, black grapes, blue tortilla chips, seaweed snacks, and black olives. Some other options to include would be blackberries, blueberries, black licorice, wild rice (you could mix it with the black beans!), figs, and purple carrots.

Protip: Spider rings make it spooky!

Low on time? Stash a bag of plastic spider rings with your lunch packing supplies. For $2 for a bag, you’d be surprised at how easily you can spookifiy a school lunch!

Halloween lunch idea: Easy english muffin pizza lunch with clementines, snap pea snack crisps, and gummy worms.

Halloween English Muffin Pizza

Looking for a make-ahead school lunch idea for Halloween? This one is for you! Make English Muffin Pizzas by spreading pizza sauce on English muffin halves, topping with cheese, and using olives to make spiders on top for a creepy, crawly pizza. Bake at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and browning. These pizzas stash in the freezer or fridge for quite a while, making them easy to grab-and-go on busy school mornings. Our kids like eating these pizzas straight out of the lunchbox—no need to reheat! 

Protip: Grab and go!

You can freeze these pizzas individually and pop them into a lunchbox frozen. By lunchtime, the pizza should be thawed and ready to enjoy!

Overhead of a spooky pinwheel bento with candy eyes and orange foods.

Veggie Hummus Pinwheels

Make our Veggie Pinwheels (see below) to a Halloween version by sticking to all-orange! We used sun-dried tomato tortillas, orange veggies, and orange hummus (roasted red pepper hummus or pumpkin hummus would both work). We included other orange foods on the side: carrot sticks, a clementine pumpkin, and cheddar cheese cubes on Halloween-themed picks. We found these adorable peanut butter chocolate candy eyeballs at our local supermarket.

Protip: Make a clementine pumpkin!

This is such a simple Halloween lunch idea! To make a clementine pumpkin, peel a clementine, then stick a 1/2″ piece of celery in the opening at the top to make the stem—hello, 10-second pumpkin!

Top view of a Halloween lunch idea: a sandwich bento with monster apple snacks, clementine pumpkin, cheddar crackers, and red and orange bell pepper pieces.

Halloween Sandwich

Using a Halloween-themed cookie cutter is one of the easiest ways to add some flair to a lunch. We used a pumpkin cookie cutter and then cut pieces of red bell pepper to turn it into a jack-o-lantern, but any spook cookie cutter would work! We don’t love making cookie-cutter sandwiches for every day because it generates a decent amount of food waste. But for a special occasion? It’s a blast—and you can snack on the scraps for breakfast!

Close view of apple cheeks turned into monster faces with candy eyes, peanut butter, pepitas, and strawberry slices.

Monster Face Apples

These silly apple snacks make us giggle every time we see them! They are a breeze to make. Just quarter and core your kiddo’s favorite kind of apple. Use a sharp knife to cut out a mouth shape on the peel of each quarter and fill with peanut butter (or sun butter if your school is nut-free). Stick pepitas or sunflower seeds in the peanut butter to make funky teeth, then a strawberry slice in the peanut butter as a tongue. Using a dab of peanut butter, finish off the face by adding big candy eyes to the top of the apple.

Overhead of a hot dog mummy bento-style lunch with sliced cucumbers and a clementine pumpkin.

Hot Dog Mummies

These mummified hot dogs are another make-ahead option for lunch boxes! Grab a roll of crescent roll dough and unroll the dough onto a cutting board. Using a pizza cutter, cut thin strips (between 1/4″ and 1/2″) of the dough. Wrap the strips around hot dogs or other sausages to make them look like mummies. Bake in a 375°F oven until the dough is golden brown. Add eyeballs either with two small dots of mustard or by adding small candy eyes. Kids can enjoy these at lunchbox temperature dipped in ketchup or mustard!

Protip: Make a Babybel jack-o-lantern!

Another easy idea is to make a jack-o-lantern Babybel! Using a (clean!) Xacto knife or small pairing knife, cut through the wax to make a jack-o-lantern face. Easy!

Tight view of black olive spiders on an english muffin pizza.
Halloween veggie pinwheels nestles into a bento-style lunchbox with other orange foods.

Hummus Veggie Pinwheels

Yield: 6 pinwheels
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Veggie pinwheels make school lunches a hit! With colorful veggies tucked inside, they’re a tasty and vegetarian choice kids will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 burrito-size tortilla or wrap (we like Spinach or Sun-Dried Tomato for extra flavor)
  • 1/3 cup hummus (any flavor works, roasted red pepper is our favorite in this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional
  • 1/2 English cucumber, cut into thin slices
  • 20 leaves baby spinach, thick stems removed

Instructions

  1. Lay out the tortilla or wrap on a cutting board. Spread the hummus over the entire tortilla—making sure to get all the way to the edge. The hummus is the “glue” of the pinwheel.
  2. Leaving about 2 inches uncovered on the side of the the tortilla—sprinkle on the shredded carrots over the remainder of the hummus-covered tortilla. Repeat with bell pepper and shredded cheese, if using.
  3. Layer the cucumber slices and baby spinach leaves over top of the cheese in one even layer.
  4. Roll up the tortilla starting on the side opposite of the side you left open. Roll it up tightly, squeezing gently as you go to adhere the “glue” to each layer.
  5. Using a serrated knife, slice the roll into 1” thick pinwheels. The end scraps may not look beautiful, but they are still delicious!

Notes

  • Feel free to play around with the veggies you use. Sprouts are a delicious addition, as is fresh sliced avocado.
  • Looking for a vegan option? No problem—just leave out the cheese or swap in dairy-free shredded cheese.
  • Sliced turkey or chicken lunchmeat is a delicious addition to these pinwheels.
  • This recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, or more to make veggie pinwheels for a crowd!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 pinwheel
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 423mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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