Contest & Halloween Menu by Annie Nicholas

Every year a group of us take our kids out trick or treating together. This year I decided to host a prep party before our monsters go door to door, a quick easy meal full of fun.  Not just for the kiddos either.
For the amount of people that will be showing up I’ll be doing this buffet style and keeping it simple.
The menu:
Goblin Fingers
     vegetable dip
     4 long carrots
     1 medium carrot
     softened cream cheese
     baby carrots
  1. To prepare them, just fill a serving bowl with your favorite vegetable dip. Wash and peel 4 long carrots for fingers and 1 medium carrot for a thumb.
  2. With a paring knife (a parent’s job), cut a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot. Then use a dab of dip or softened cream cheese to glue a sliced-almond fingernail atop each notch.
  3. Stick the fingers in the dip, as shown, and serve with plenty of peeled baby carrots for dipping.
Mummy Dogs
     1 11-ounce can of refrigerator breadsticks
     1 12-pack of hot dogs
     Yellow mustard
  1. For each mummy, separate one breadstick from the roll and use kitchen shears or a knife to slice it in half lengthwise to create two thinner strips.
  2. Wrap one strip at a time snugly around the hot dog. Depending on the size of the hot dog, you may not need all of both strips. Leave about 1/2 inch of hot dog exposed for the face area and continue wrapping the top of the hot dog.
  3. Bake the mummies on a cookie sheet at 350º for 15 to 18 minutes or until the breadstick wrapping is golden brown.
  4. Remove the mummies from the oven and cool them for 5 minutes. Add yellow mustard eyes just before serving. Makes 12 mummies.
Melon Brain
     1 small seedless watermelon
1.     Use a vegetable peeler to remove the entire green rind, exposing the inner white rind.
2.     Slice off the bottom of the melon to create a flat base that will keep it from rolling. With a toothpick, outline squiggly furrows that resemble the folded surface of a brain.
3.     Finally, carve narrow channels along the tracings with a sharp paring knife (a parent’s job) to expose the pink fruit beneath the rind.

Here’s a video link:

I found all the above recipes at

And finally for dessert Tombstone Brownies

There’s no official recipe for this since I only found the picture but I’ll use a brownie mix and sugar cookie premade package. Then use chocolate icing to glue the cookie to the brownie and decorate with a candy pumpkin and green colored coconut.

Happy Halloween! I’m off to hunt down a tombstone shaped cookie cutter.

Now for the contest:  One lucky commenter will win a pdf ebook from Annie Nicholas.  This is a worldwide contest. Void where prohibited by law.  The deadline is Oct. 31, 2011 at noon Eastern Time.  To be eligible, say “I need one of Annie’s books” in the comment box.  To learn, more about her books, visit her website below.

Annie Nicholas

The Vanguards Series
Sometimes a woman needs to root for the under dog.

About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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11 Responses to Contest & Halloween Menu by Annie Nicholas

  1. cmkempe says:

    Wonderful! I love these.

  2. Gerri Brousseau says:

    How cool is this. I especially love your mummy dogs.

  3. Jamie says:

    I need one of Annie’s books! 😀

  4. Yadira A. says:

    “I need one of Annie’s books”!!! Thanks for the great recipe ideas… they all look so cute and easy to make:)


  5. Casey Wyatt says:

    Fantastic!! I love them all. The mummies are almost too cute to eat.

  6. “I need one of Annie’s Books”!! She is a new author for me and I checked out the Vanguard series on her publisher’s website. I would love to get the 1st book in that series. Thanks for the chance to win one of them.

    Love the recipes. They are easy and I’m going to try a couple of them.

  7. Forgot to leave my email LOL

    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

  8. Tawania says:

    I need one of Annie’s books! Great recipes, thanks!

  9. I need one of Annie’s books.

    Those Tombstone brownies look pretty easy. If you can’t find a tombstone shaped cookie cutter, you could make a cardboard template & cut them with a knife. The Goblin Fingers & Mummy Dogs are pretty cute too.

    Thanks for the contest.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  10. Annie Nicholas says:

    Thanks for having me here, Susan!

    Great suggestion, Kathryn. I was trying to figure out how I was going to do it!

  11. The winner is Renee Bennett. Renee, Annie will be emailing you. Thank you to everyone for entering the contest. Have a great Halloween!

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