Kids can't run on candy power alone; a good Halloween dinner will provide energy for the evening's revelry. But cooking a meal can be near impossible when someone needs to fix Batman's utility belt and the fairy can't find her magic wand. The trick: Prepare as much of the dinner as possible ahead of time, and then rewarm and serve it quickly. Of course, it also helps to build dishes around the foods most kids love -- chicken, salsa, corn tortillas, mild Monterey Jack -- and to offer dessert.
Green Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Orange Rice with Mushrooms
Caramel Pecan Brownies