Halloween Mummy Meatloaf

bacon wrapped meatloaf mummy on a sheet pan perfect for halloween dinner

This Halloween Mummy Meatloaf recipe is your newest fall family tradition. This easy meatloaf recipe is shaped and wrapped in bacon to look like a spooky mummy, complete with onion eyes! This is a halloween dinner idea for the family that everyone will love, make it part of your fall traditions this year!

Mummy Meatloaf

I have been making this halloween mummy meatloaf for my husband and I every year since before we were even married, and it hasn’t graced the blog until now!

I have never been much of a halloween person much to my husband’s dismay, and I felt a little bad. I don’t have anything really against halloween other than the fact that I don’t like costumes where you can’t tell who the person is (much like a mascot, so creepy, anyone else?) 

So often I avoided leaving the house on halloween to protect myself from all of the creepy costumes. I traditionally would just chill at home, hand out candy to kids, and watch the old school black and white Arsenic & Old Lace with Cary Grant. 

But I felt like I needed to do something for Matt who did enjoy Halloween. So even in my pre-blog days I did what I did best, went to the kitchen to create something fun! (some might say food is my love language)

So I made a Mummy Meatloaf and the rest is history. Now every year we make a Mummy Meatloaf, grab a couple of pumpkin beers, and watch Arsenic & Old Lace

So might I suggest turning this Mummy Meatloaf Recipe into your own Halloween Tradition!

Mummy Meatloaf with Bacon

So let me show you how to make this favorite halloween dinner!

Preheat your oven to 350º F. For easier clean up line sheet pan with tin foil or parchment paper.

Start by making the sauce for the meatloaf, mix together the ketchup and apple cider vinegar until combined, set aside.

To make the meatloaf mixture in a large bowl add breadcrumbs, onion soup mix, worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and milk.

Gently crumble the ground meatloaf mixture overtop the the other ingredients in the bowl. Using clean hands very carefully mix the ingredents together until everything is barely combined leaving chunks of meat, overmixing will cause a dense meatloaf, more like a meatball.

making the meatloaf mixture, combining all of the ingredients

Transfer meatloaf mixute to the sheet pan. Carefully pat and shape the mixture into a large oval shape about 1 inch tall (your cook time will depend on how thick the meatloaf ends up). Once the meatloaf is spread out shape the sides into a skull shape, leaving a large top for the brain, indents near the eyes, and a jawline.

making the meatloaf mixture in to a skull shape on a sheet pan

Now brush the ketchup mixture overtop the entire meatloaf, you might not need all of the ketchup mixture.

ketchup sauce ready to be put on the soul shaped meatloaf

Now prepare your eyes and teeth. Using one of the layers of onion, cut it in half creating two eyes, use knife to adujst size if needed. Place the eyes on the meatloaf pushing into the meat mixture slightly.

cutting eyes to place on the meatloaf mummy

Create the teeth from another layer, I find it easiest to make a strip out of one of the layers and gently cut the teeth in, cutting out a little space inbetween the teeth. Or just cut a handful of teeth sized pieces of onion out. Just like the eyes place the onion teeth in the appropriate area pushing gently into the meatloaf mixture.

cutting out onion teeth to place on the meatloaf mummy

Now to wrap your mummy in bacon, this part is where you defintely can be creative. Gently layer the bacon across the mummy face leaving spaces for the eyes and teeth. I recommened cutting bacon to a shorter length if needed and gently tucking extra bacon ends under the meatloaf. Have fun with this part, I always like to leave one or two flyaways of bacon to make it look like the wrapping is coming off. Depending on the size of your mummy face you might have a few slices of bacon leftover.

cutting bacon to prepare to wrap the meatloaf head

final steps to making the mummy meatloaf, wrapping bacon around the mummy's head

If you have extra ketchup mixture you can put a little more on parts of the bacon if you wish but it isn’t necessary.

Smile because you just made an awesome meatloaf mummy and that is pretty cool!

Transfer your meatloaf mummy to the oven. Bake 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches at least 160º F. Because of the varying size of the meatloaf mummy cooking time can vary. Start checking it at 35 minutes and keep on eye on it, I highly recommend an instant read thermometer like this one!

Once done let the meatloaf rest for 5 minutes before serving!

halloween meatloaf mummy a tray with onion teeth and eyes

Serving up the Halloween Dinner

To go with the meatloaf there are a number of side dishes that go really well:

bacon wrapped meatloaf mummy on a sheet pan perfect for halloween dinner

Variations & Tips

  • Feel free to use your own meatloaf recipe but still use the mummy idea! This meatloaf recipe is loosely based off of how my mom used to make it and I tried to keep it as simple as possible!
  • The bacon and meatloaf will shrink slightly in size as it cooks so keep that in mind. In addition to that I recommend tucking most of the bacon ends under the meatloaf so they stay in places as they cook.
  • Keep in mind you are cooking bacon so their will be quite a bit of bacon grease on the bottom of the pan when you take it out of the oven. After the meatloaf cooled slightly I was able to drain the grease out of the pan by carefully holding the meatloaf in place.

overhead shot of the coked meatloaf mummy on a sheet pan

Mummy Meatloaf

Mummy Meatloaf

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This bacon wrapped Mummy Meatloaf for dinner is sure to please kids and adults alike, made with an easy meatloaf recipes, onion eyes & teeth, and wrapped in bacon this recipe is sure to become a halloween tradition!

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1.5 pounds ground meatloaf mix*
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 packet Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 small onion (for eyes & teeth)
  • 1 pound bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line sheet pan with tin foil or parchment paper for easier cleaning. Make sauce for the meatloaf, mix together the ketchup and apple cider vinegar until combined, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add breadcrumbs, onion soup mix, worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and milk.
  3. Gently crumble the ground meatloaf mixture overtop the the other ingredients in the bowl. Using clean hands very carefully mix the ingredients together until everything is barely combined leaving chunks of meat, overmixing will cause a dense meatloaf, more like a meatball.
  4. Transfer meatloaf mixute to the sheet pan. Carefully pat and shape the mixture into a large oval shape about 1 to 1.5 inches tall. Once the meatloaf is spread out shape the sides into a skull shape, leaving a large top for the brain, indents near the eyes, and a jawline.
  5. Brush the ketchup mixture overtop the entire meatloaf, because the size of the meatloaf might be different due to the shape you might not need all of the ketchup mixture.
  6. Now prepare your eyes and teeth. Using one of the layers of onion, cut it in half creating two eyes, use knife to adujst size if needed. Place the eyes on the meatloaf pushing into the meat mixture slightly. Create the teeth from another layer, I find it easiest to make a strip out of one of the layers and gently cut the teeth in, cutting out a little space inbetween the teeth. Or just cut a handful of teeth sized pieces of onion out. Just like the eyes place the onion teeth in the appropriate area pushing gently into the meatloaf mixture.
  7. Now to wrap your mummy in bacon, this part is where you defintely can be creative. Gently layer the bacon across the mummy face leaving spaces for the eyes and teeth. I recommened cutting bacon to a shorter length if needed and gently tucking extra bacon ends under the meatloaf. Have fun with this part, I always like to leave one or two flyaways of bacon to make it look like the wrapping is coming off. Depending on the size of your mummy face you might have a few slices of bacon leftover.
  8. If you have any ketchup mixture left you can put a little more on parts of the bacon if you wish but it isn't necessary.
  9. Transfer your meatloaf mummy to the oven. Bake 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches at least 160º F. Because of the varrying size of the meatloaf mummy cooking time can vary, start checking it at 35 minutes and keep on eye on it, I highly recommend an instant read thermometor like the one below!
  10. Once done let the meatloaf rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

*or ground beef

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 697 Total Fat: 40g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 185mg Sodium: 2778mg Carbohydrates: 33g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 48g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

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