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Halloween Wars

Halloween Wars

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  • Premiered: 
    October 2, 2011
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Second series in Super Delicious' WARS franchise, following Cupcake Wars 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, decorating

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Plot Synopsis

Five or six teams -- each made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake decorator, and sugar artist -- compete against each other in elimination challenges as they create Halloween-themed displays on the road to winning the $50,000 grand prize. Each team must create mind-blowing displays, such as a creepy witch, a scary haunted house, a twisted version of a fairy tale, an epic battle between Zombies and Vampires, or the Underworld. At the end of each 60-minute episode, one team is eliminated until only the winner remains at the end of the season. The three-person judging panel is comprised of renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li, an artist -- Hollywood conceptual artist Miles Teves in Season 1 and award winning make-up artist and horror actor/director Tom Savini in Season 2 -- and a different celebrity guest judge, including: Rob Zombie, Jaime King, Scout Taylor-Compton, and R.L. Stine in Season 1; Shawnee Smith, Rutina Wesley, Chaske Spencer, and Sara Canning in Season 2. HALLOWEEN WARS returned for its third season on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network with a new judge, Emmy-nominated makeup artist Brian Kinney, joining judge Shinmin Li and host Justin Willman. Season 3 featured guest judges -- Danielle Harris, star of HALLOWEEN; Tony Todd, star of CANDYMAN; Charlaine Harris, author of the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels; and horror actor Derek Mears -- who evaluated Halloween-themed displays that captured a Zombie Prom, a twisted version of a fairytale, a swamp-creature attack, and nightmares. Season 4 premiered on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, with host Justin Willman and a judging panel made up of cake decorator Shinmin Li, make-up artist Brian Kinney, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Naomi Grossman, Francia Raisa, Adi Shankar, and Lew Temple. In the season premiere, five teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake decorator, and a sugar artist go to battle to create mind-blowing Halloween-themed displays, in hopes of winning the coveted title of HALLOWEEN WARS champion and a $50,000 grand prize. For the teams' first competition, they must capture all the freights of a terrifying haunted farm. In subsequent episodes, teams must create mind-blowing Halloween-themed displays that capture: a dire warning. whatever you do, don't go into the forest; an epic battle between mummies and werewolves; and the twisted, demonic world of a haunted carnival. Season 5 of HALLOWEEN WARS premiered on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, with new host Rossi Morreale and returning judges Shinmin Li and Brian Kinney, who are joined by a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Robin Atkin Downes, Benjamin Papac, Bex Taylor-Klaus, and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. In each episode of Season 5, the remaining teams face off in the Small Scare, where they must create a Halloween-themed design in just 45 minutes, with the winning team getting an advantage in the big battle: the Spine Chiller. Season 6 of HALLOWEEN WARS premiered on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. The sixth season features a new host, Jonathan Bennett, and a new judge, horror writer/director Don Mancini, who are joined by returning judge, renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li. In the new season, six teams composed of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist and sugar artist battle it out as they create Halloween-themed edible displays. First, they face off in the Small Scare, where they must create a Halloween-themed design in just 45 minutes. Then, one winning team gets an advantage in the big battle: the Spine Chiller. One team is eliminated after each episode by Li, Mancini and a guest jduge, including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; Sid Haig; Greg Plotkin; GRIMM'S Bitsie Tulloch; and SCREAM's Carlson Young. Season 7 of HALLOWEEN WARS premiered on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, immediately following "Road to Halloween Wars," a new, one-hour special that debuts at 8pm. In the special (8pm), host Jonathan Bennett takes viewers behind the scenes of the journey leading up to the pumpkin carvers, cake and sugar artists that embark on the latest Halloween Wars competition. Then, in the new season Jonathan hallenges 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, Bryan Fuller, Juliet Landau, Robert Patrick, and Shane West . One team is eliminated each episode, with the last team standing walking away with the $50,000 grand prize.
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Season 8 of HALLOWEEN WARS premiered on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, immediately preceded (8pm) and followed (10pm) by new one-hour specials. Jonathan Bennett returns to host as six teams each made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist, and a sugar master battle it out over five episodes to create Halloween-themed edible displays that are as scary as they are delicious. Each teams' creations are judged by award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li, horror film special effects master Todd Tucker, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges -- including movie director Mick Garris, Gaten Matarazzo, Sean Gunn, and more -- to determine which team takes home the grand prize of $50,000! This season's episodes include:

"The Boogeyman's Nightmare" (Sunday, Sep 30 @ 9pm): Six teams, each consisting of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist and a sugar master, dive into the first battle of the season. They have to create mind-blowing and yummy Halloween-themed displays that depict a monstrous creature so scary that it's the Boogeyman's greatest nightmare. Actor Sean Gunn of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise joins the judging panel.

"Clowns vs. Zombies" (Sunday, Oct 7 @ 9pm): Five remaining teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist and a sugar master go into battle to create amazing and tasty Halloween-themed displays that depict an epic face-off between clowns and zombies. The special guest judge is John Kassir, the actor behind the unforgettable voice of the Crypt Keeper on the TV series Tales from the Crypt.

"Witch Gets a New Ride" (Sunday, Oct 14 @ 9pm): Four remaining teams consisting of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist and a sugar master put their skills to the test to create astonishing and delectable Halloween-themed displays that show what happens when a witch trades in her tired old broom for a brand new ride. Writer, director, and producer Mick Garris of the iconic film Hocus Pocus joins the judges.

"Halloween Time Travel" (Sunday, Oct 21 @ 9pm): The remaining three teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist and a sugar master pull out all the stops to create stunning and scrumptious Halloween-themed displays that bend time and space to show their vision of Halloween time travel. Actor Gaten Matarazzo of Stranger Things serves as special guest judge.

"Outbreak!" (Sunday, Oct 28 @ 9pm): It's the spine-tingling finale of Halloween Wars! The final two teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist and a sugarmaster have slaughtered their competition, and now they're facing off in one last epic showdown. The team that can best illustrate a terrifying worldwide outbreak and the race for an antidote will be crowned Halloween Wars champions and win $50,000! LeeAnna Vamp, actress, model, and horror culture icon, serves as guest judge.

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Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Super Delicious