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Treat your kids to a festive Halloween dinner with these Jack-O-Lantern Mac and Cheese Cups! Before they load up on candy or head out to trick-or-treat, fill up little tummies with an easy, tasty and FUN Halloween party food!

A close up of a mac and cheese cup in a halloween pumpkin cup

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hi, friends! If you haven’t noticed by now, we LOVE Halloween around here! It’s BY FAR Keith’s favorite holiday, and the boys have quickly learned to share in his excitement. In fact, I’m pretty sure that Gibbs and Casey have been plotting their costumes for about 6 months now!

I love to spoil the kids on holidays and make them feel special by preparing some of their favorite foods in festive ways. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party for children or just serving a quick and easy dinner before your kids go trick-or-treating, these Jack-O-Lantern Mac & Cheese Cups will soon become a favorite.

After all, when you’re busy getting ready for a night of celebrations, the last thing that you need to worry about is slaving over a hot stove!

Empty plastic cups with a halloween jack o lantern drawn on them

How To Make Mac And Cheese Cups

Here’s the VERY simple 5-minute “recipe!”

First, you’ll need to grab a black permanent marker and some clear plastic cups. Draw Jack-O-Lantern faces on the side of your cups, or enlist your older children to help with the artwork!

Slice part of a seedless cucumber into 2-inch spears (no peeling necessary!),

cucumber chopped up on a wooden surface with a knife

and cook your Horizon Classic Mac in the microwave! I love the microwaveable cups because they’re ready in 2.5 minutes, and they are the perfect size for each of my boys. If you prefer to use the larger stove-top box, you will be able to fill two plastic serving cups with each box.

Horizon Classic Mac and cheese packages on a wooden surface

After your mac & cheese has a chance to cool for a few minutes, you can spoon it into the decorated cups, top with a cucumber “stem,” and serve!

A close up of Jack-O-Lantern Mac & Cheese Cups topped with cucumbers

My three boys adore this stuff! While Gibbs was in school one day, my younger two hung over my shoulder as I snapped a few photos of the Jack-O-Lantern cups before letting them dig in.

Boys Eating mac and cheese cups

They were very happy campers, and I can assure you that this fun and easy meal idea will make a return appearance on Halloween day. I hope you’ll share it with your family, too!

A boy eating mac and cheese cups with a spoon

Looking for even more fun ways to celebrate Halloween with your kids? Try these favorites:

Jack-O-Lantern Mac and Cheese Cups

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
0 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 365 kcal
Fun and delicious mac and cheese cups that are perfect for halloween parties


  • 4 (2.1 oz) cups microwaveable mac and cheese
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, sliced into 2-inch spears
  • 4 clear plastic cups
  • 1 black permanent marker


  • Use marker to draw a Jack-O-Lantern face on the side of each plastic cup.
  • Cook macaroni & cheese cups in microwave according to package instructions.
  • Allow mac & cheese to cool for at least 5 minutes before transferring to plastic cups. If you put the hot pasta in the plastic cups when it’s too hot, the plastic cup will warp!
  • Stick a cucumber spear in the top of each cup for the pumpkin’s stem. Serve!


Scale this recipe to make as many mac and cheese cups as you need. If you’re preparing cups for a big party, make a big box of mac and cheese on the stovetop and spoon into serving cups when ready to enjoy.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 13gFat: 11gSodium: 825mgPotassium: 267mgVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 1.1mgCalcium: 162mgIron: 2.3mg
Keyword: mac and cheese, party food
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan


Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Emily says:

    5 stars
    What a fun idea for Halloween and so easy!

    1. Blair says: