Halloween Meatloaf – Dead Man Meatloaf

Halloween will be here before we know it! This fun Dead Man Meatloaf was a huge hit at our Halloween party last year, that I know it needed to be the first Halloween recipe that I shared with you this year!

To make even more of an impression, serve meatloaf over baked beans “dirt” or with some mashed potato ghosts!

BBQ Meatloaf Recipe


1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1 tbsp milk or cream
1 ¼ cup BBQ sauce, divided
½ cup plain bread crumbs
⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
2 tsp each; garlic powder and salt
1 tsp each; black pepper and paprika

For Face & Decorating
red or orange bell pepper for mouth
black olives for eyes
radish or baby potato for eyes
ketchup for “blood”


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.

With your hands, combine ground beef, egg, ¼ cup BBQ sauce, spices, milk and bread crumbs until combined.

Form into a body and head. To do this, I made the arms and legs first, using about 2 tbsp of mixture each. Next, I formed the head, using about 1 ½ cups of the mixture. and last, I made the body with the remaining meatloaf mixture. When forming the head, be sure to press flat into a disc shape instead of a ball. Attach arms and legs to body by pressing ground beef together, and leave head separate.

Pour remaining BBQ sauce over the top, and spread around using the back of a spoon.

To make face, place a thin slice of red or orange bell pepper frowning for the mouth, and use a slice of radish or baby potato and sliced black olives to make the eyes.

Bake 30-35 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes. For dramatic effect, place a knife in the chest, with some ketchup around the blade for blood.

dead man meatloaf halloween

I love this Halloween Meatloaf so much, and I think that you will, too! It’s easy to make, and you probably already have everything you need to make it in your pantry, fridge or freezer!

Don’t forget to share this awesome Dead Man Meatloaf with your friends and family on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest! Thanks for taking the time to share! <3

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