I have to admit, I love watching The Food Network around Halloween. The celebrity chefs have specials where they make creepy concoctions that will delight a spooky party; for me, it’s like the Christmas cartoons from when I was a kid: it signals the holiday is near. But, I digress.
Halloween Wars is a cooking completion that has several teams battle it out to create spooky food art in a set amount of time and the team that doesn’t cut it is eliminated. And the Winning team walks away with $50,000. Each team is composed of a Cake artist, a sugar artist, and a pumpkin carving artist. Each episode has a guest judge who is horror alum.
I also have had personal experiences working on the show. I was an assistant editor working on seasons 3 and 4, and I have to admit I liked working on that show. But, something you may not know, is that the season is filmed almost a year ahead of time! That’s right. Have you ever gone out to buy a pumpkin and having it cost you $5 -6? Imagine buying hundreds of them to make up the pumpkin patch that the contestants pick from (especially those bigger pumpkins that can be $100 or more)! So they film after Halloween when the pumpkin prices drop. so when it was November and December and we would be working on the next Halloween Wars. So there you go, a little inside knowledge from the world or reality cooking shows: you’re welcome.
However, in case you are wondering when you can catch Halloween Wars below is a listing from Food Network.
Premiering Sunday, October 2nd at 9pm ET/PT – SEASON PREMIERE!
Witches vs. Warlocks
Six teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake decorator and sugar artist go to battle to create mind-blowing Halloween-themed displays that capture an epic and terrifying clash between witches and warlocks. At the end of this battle, one team will be eliminated with help from special guest judge Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Premiering Sunday, October 9th at 9pm ET/PT
Haunted Motel Five remaining teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake decorator and sugar artist go to battle to create delicious Halloween displays that capture the scariest haunted roadside motel ever seen. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated with help from special guest judge Sid Haig, actor and horror icon who has appeared in several hits, including Halloween and The Devil's Rejects
Premiering Sunday, October 16th at 9pm ET/PT
Four remaining teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake decorator and sugar artist go to battle to create mind-blowing Halloween-themed displays that capture the horror of a two-faced monster. Carlson Young, actress from MTV's Scream, joins the judging panel to help decide which team will be eliminated and which will move on to the final battle.
Premiering Sunday, October 23rd at 9pm ET/PT
Mausoleum Mayhem The final three teams of expert pumpkin carvers, cake decorators and sugar artists go to battle to create mind-blowing displays that capture the horror that unfolds inside of a crypt after dark. Three teams start this battle, but only two will earn their way into the Halloween Wars finale. Greg Plotkin, director of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, joins the judging pane
Premiering Sunday, October 30th at 9pm ET/PT -SEASON FINALE!
Demonic Wedding It's the horrifying finale of Halloween Wars! After taking down the competition one by one, the final two teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist and sugar artist go to battle one last time. The team that can best capture the scariest and most demonic wedding ever imagined will be crowned Halloween Wars champion and win $50,000. Bitsie Tulloch, actress from the hit series Grimm, joins as special guest judge.