Mummy Meatloaf--The perfect Halloween Dinner

Mummy Meatloaf Dinner

There’s nothing better than a mummy meatloaf to encourage your kids to eat something before heading out for their Halloween activities.  This recipe is simple and delicious.  It’s easy to assemble, bakes without any additional hands on time,  and it makes a frightfully delicious dinner entrée.  Using oats in place of the usual bread crumbs adds soluble fiber to the meatloaf which is good for you.    The oats, visible in the finished meatloaf add a disgusting appearance to the flesh of your mummy meatloaf.  It’s Halloween, so it’s okay to use the word disgusting and meatloaf in the same sentence.

Once you have mixed up your meatloaf, you will need to shape it into an oval that looks roughly like a human head.  There’s no need to raise a nose on it.  Just give it a roughly oval shape.  Once this is done, you will need to add eyes and teeth.   To make these,  I inserted pieces of quartered onion  for the eyes. Then,  I cut strips from what was left of the onion and arranged them in a single layer for the teeth.  It’s better if they aren’t the same length.  Uneven teeth make your mummy look more frightening.Mummy Meatloaf--The perfect Halloween DinnerThe final step is to wrap your meatloaf with bacon.  You don’t have to wrap all of the way around.  You only need to  tuck the ends under the bottom edge of your meatloaf.  For this recipe, we had some leftover bacon that was partially cooked which we used on top of our meatloaf.  You could also us the pre-cooked bacon that’s meant to be finished in the microwave.   Instead of heating it in the  microwave, wrap it across the face of the mummy and let the oven do the final cooking.   You can also use raw bacon if you prefer.   Just make sure that you use thinly sliced bacon.   All of these will work equally well.

Stick the whole creation into the oven and bake for about an hour.  The finished meatloaf is almost too scary to eat.  Of course, it’s too tasty to resist.

Mix Up a Mummy Meatloaf for your family.  They’ll love it.   This goes well with cauliflower mashed potatoes or caterpillars and cheese.  I’ve even been know to serve it with boiled brain matter which is made from cauliflower.  Lets face it.  Cauliflower does sort of look like a human brain, right?

All of this may sound a little over the top to some, but my objective is to get my kids to eat before they head out to trick or treat.  Festive Halloween foods always seem to entice them to sit down and actually eat some dinner, so they have fuel for all of that walking.

Do you have other Halloween dinner ideas that you love to serve to your family?  Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Mummy Meatloaf for Dinner
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 8
This basic meatloaf recipe is elevated to a new purpose by shaping the meat mixture into an oval shape, adding eyes and teeth made from onions, and wrapping it with bacon. This creates the perfect Mummy Meatloaf for a delicious Halloween dinner. Cook's note: The ketchup is optional. Barbecue sauce can be used in place of the ketchup, and plain tomato sauce can be used, too. If you omit the tomato sauce, you will need to use the larger amount of water. Totals cost of recipe is $8.95 or $1.12 per serving.
  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef (You can use ground turkey or pork or a combination of meats) ($6.58 for two pounds of ground beef).
  • 1 package of onion soup mix ($.0.54)
  • 1 cup of rolled oats ($0.12)
  • 2 eggs ($0.24)
  • ½ cup water (If you omit the ketchup, use ¾ cup water)
  • ⅓ cup ketchup (optional) ($0.45)
  • ¼ medium sized onion ($0.06)
  • 3 - 4 strips of bacon ($0.96)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine ground meat, onion soup mix, oats, eggs, water, and ketchup in a mixing bowl and combine well. I use my clean hands for this step.
  3. Once the meat mixture is thoroughly combined,form it into a roughly head shaped oval in a baking pan.
  4. Remove two or four outer layers of the Onion and place them on the meatloaf where eyes would be. I doubled up the layers and used two layers of onion for each eye, but you can use only one, if you prefer.
  5. Cut the remaining, unused onion into strips and arrange on the meatloaf where the mouth would be. These make the teeth.
  6. Wrap bacon around the meatloaf, tucking ends under the edges to make the mummy wrappings.
  7. Place bacon wrapped mummy head in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Perfect for Halloween Dinner, A mummy shaped meatloaf wrapped with bacon

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 427                                                                                                       Calories from Fat 138
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15.3g
Saturated Fat 5.2g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 158mg
Sodium 2980mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.4g
Dietary Fiber 2.8g
Sugars 3.9g
Protein 44.4g
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 8%
Iron 126%

29 thoughts on “Mummy Meatloaf Dinner

  1. That is super creepy, and I mean that in the best way possible. When I first saw it, I thought, “That’s really gross.” So of course, I’m making it.

  2. Oh my goodness! This really does look like a mummy! How cool is this! LOL My kids would love it. Very scary ~ and I bet tasty too. Great recipe.

  3. What an awesome idea for dinner on Halloween night! Kid’s get so excited about trick or treating that it’s hard to get them to eat first, but this will do the trick for sure!

    1. Colleen, my kids not eating on Halloween night was the reason that I began experimenting with creating creepy dinner ideas. It’s worked, and they generally eat enough to get them through a night of trick or treating.

    1. I love cooking unusual things for children to get them more excited about the meal. I’m sure your nieces and nephews are going to think you’re the coolest aunt ever.

    1. The base meatloaf is really good, and you don’t have to turn it into a mummy. You can just wrap it with some bacon, bake, and serve. It’s actually faster than when you’re making eyes and teeth. LOL.

  4. Wow! This is probably the most festive Halloween dinner I’ve ever seen! And the ingredients are so easy; I don’t know if a themed meatloaf gets much better. Thanks for the inspiration this season!

  5. What a fun idea I know my kids would love. thank you so much for sharing, I can’t wait to make it!

    1. Andrea, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it. My kids always look forward to their ghoulish dinner on Halloween.

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