‘Halloween Wars’ Returns to Food Network This October

by Nick Banks

Looking for some spooky food ideas for your upcoming Halloween celebration?  If so, we have the show for you! Halloween Wars returns to Food Network with a new season as well as a new spin-off series Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror on October 1st, starting at 9:00 p.m.  The program features the manic Jonathan Bennett as he “…challenges six teams to create amazing and frighteningly fun Halloween-themed edible displays. Over five episodes the teams must battle it out, as their creations are judged by renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and horror film director and makeup effects master Todd Tucker, along with a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Fiona Dourif (True Blood), Bryan Fuller (Executive Producer, American Gods), Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and Shane West (Salem).One team will be eliminated each episode, with the last team standing walking away with the $50,000 grand prize.”

Based on the success of the original Halloween Wars, Food Network decided to add Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror to their October scheduleAccording to the official press release, Hayrides “…takes the competition out of the kitchen and into the pumpkin patch. When night begins to fall and the pumpkin patch closes for the day, two teams of master food artists – working in cake, sugar, and a whole lot of carved pumpkin – face off to create terrifying Halloween displays through three episodes, with one team taking home $15,000 each episode. But to win the cash prize, the winning team’s displays of horror must win the votes (and screams) of a wagon full of hayriders and judges Zac Young and Bianca Appice.”  The series is hosted by Harley Morenstein.

And if you can’t get enough Halloween treats, you may want to sample the Halloween Baking Championship (which debuted earlier this week on September 25th and airs on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. on the Food Network).  Comedian John Henson (Talk Soup, WipeOut) hosts the second season of the contest, “…as the contestants’ baking abilities and imaginations are put to the test in two rounds of difficult confectionery challenges, from trick-or-treat candy-filled cookies to scream puffs, and from glow-in-the-dark desserts to Jack-O-Lantern Cakes. The one who survives the twists of the competition and whose sweets put a spell on judges Carla Hall, Lorraine Pascale, and Zac Young, will take home the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Halloween Baking Champion!”

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more Halloween programming announcements during everyone’s favorite month of the year!

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