Food Network and Cooking Channel released their Halloween schedule of all things creepy, crawly and yummy. The lineup is expected to spook our aprons off with promises of bloodcurdling sculptures, cadaver-like cake creations, and possibly some decomposing pumpkins. Including a considerable variety of cakes, cookies and treats, it will start us "trick-or-treating" as early as September (and probably scheduling dentist appointments as early as November 1st).
So if you love good, old-fashioned competition and great food with a scary twist, there is more than enough to go around this Halloween season:
Food Network will kick the season off with the return of the following Halloween favorites:
● Halloween Baking Championship on Monday, September 23rd at 9pm
Judges Carla Hall, Katie Lee and Zac Young, join host John Henson to test the skills of eight talented bakers who must show off their skills over six episodes with terrifyingly delicious challenges. From skeleton desserts to monster madness, only one baker can frighten the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and to be featured in Food Network Magazine. Fans that can't get enough of the scary competition, go behind the scenes with the digital companion series, Halloween Baking Championship: Extra Sweet. Spend a day with the judges as they are transformed into otherworldly creatures, and watch the crew build the sets and prep the pantry for the season's creations.
● Halloween Wars on Sunday, September 29th at 9pm
Host Jonathan Bennett oversees all the thrills and chills 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 frighteningly fun Halloween-themed edible displays that are as scary as they are delicious.
Their 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 Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead), Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight saga), Harley Quinn Smith (Tusk), and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark! The last team standing takes home a grand prize of $50,000.
● Haunted Gingerbread Showdown on Sunday, October 6 th at 10pm
Host Clinton Kelly welcomes nine of the greatest gingerbread artists in the world to face-off in gingerbread displays so spooky they will cause nightmares. Jamika Pessoa, Gesine Prado and Jason Smith determine who will advance to the finale to battle it out for $25,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine.
● Halloween Cake-Off on Monday, September 23 rd at 10pm
In this four-episode stunt, the bakers are tested to find out who is best at making the creepiest and most innovative Halloween cakes that must also transform in mystifying ways. From haunted and cursed cakes to dead and living creations, the competitor who wows judges Duff Goldman, Dan Langan and Waylynn Lucas with the most over-the-top edible work of art will be crowned winner of Halloween Cake-Off and earn the $10,000 grand prize.
New specials on Food Network include:
● Kids Baking Championship
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the young bakers to create the spookiest spider web desserts, but only one junior baker will rise to the top and take home the ultimate baker's dream prize of baking equipment and supplies.
● Tricks & Treats on Thursday, September 26 th at 9pm
● Outrageous Pumpkins on Sunday, September 29 th at 10pm
Hosted by Casey Webb, through three rounds of challenges these spectacularly talented artists use carving and sculpting tools ranging from toothpicks to saws to execute their amazingly intricate Halloween designs. The carver who impresses the expert panel of judges the most takes home a $10,000 prize.
Cooking Channel also premieres new series:
● Freakshow Cakes on Friday, October 4 th at 11pm ET/8pm PT.
In each episode of this one of-a-kind cake showdown co-hosted by Zac Young and Vivian Chan, three of the most sinister cake artists step into a side-show tent to whip up the freakiest cakes imaginable. The baker who showcases the most wildly imaginative and hair-raising cake design wins $10,000 and the title of Freakshow Champion.
We are also promised ghostly thematic episodes of: Barefoot Contessa, Cook Like a Pro; Chopped; Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Girl Meets Farm, Guy's Grocery Games, Guy's Ranch Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, and Trisha's Southern Kitchen.
So gear up for a bone chilling freight fest and what is expected to be the most wickedly delicious Halloween season to date.