Halloween Wars Season 13 Episode 01 Description
Terrifying Nursery Rhymes
In the first of three qualifying rounds, host Jonathan Bennett challenges teams of pumpkin carvers, cake decorators and sugar artists to create spooky displays based on the terrifying inspirations behind beloved fairy tales. Judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeria decide which two teams advance to the next round and which team’s fairy tale comes to an end.
Halloween Wars Show Summary
Halloween Wars is an American reality competition series from Super Delicious, the production company that also produces Cupcake Wars and Cake Wars. It premiered on October 2, 2011, on Food Network and it runs over the course of four weeks in October annually. The show pits five teams made up of cake sculptors, sugar artists, and pumpkin carvers against each other to produce the ultimate Halloween themed display. The winning team is awarded $50,000.
The series was hosted by Justin Willman (seasons 1–4), Rossi Morreale (season 5), Jonathan Bennett (seasons 6-10), and actor and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans will host season 11 in 2021.
There are three judges in the series, with two of them serving as permanent judges in seasons 1-10. Throughout the series award-winning cake artist Shinmin Li served as permanent judge. Hollywood conceptual artist Miles Teves was the second judge in season 1. Actor and award-winning special effects artist Tom Savini was the second judge in season 2. Emmy-nominated SFX make-up artist Brian Kinney was the second judge in seasons 3–5. Writer/director of Child’s Play, Don Mancini joined Shinmin in season 6. Director and effects artist Todd Tucker was the male judge in seasons 7–10. In season 11, Food Network Star winners Aarti Sequeira and Eddie Jackson will both serve as permanent judges along with Shinmin.
In addition to the two regular judges throughout seasons 1-10, each episode had a third special guest judge that is involved in horror, whether as an actor, a writer, etc.
|Season||Season Premiere Date||Season Finale Date||No. of Teams||Judge 1||Judge 2||Judge 3|
|1||October 2, 2011||October 23, 2011||5||Shinmin Li||Miles Teves||Guest Judges|
|2||October 7, 2012||October 28, 2012||5||Tom Savini|
|3||October 6, 2013||October 27, 2013||5||Brian Kinney|
|4||October 5, 2014||October 26, 2014||5|
|5||October 4, 2015||October 25, 2015||5|
|6||October 2, 2016||October 30, 2016||6||Don Mancini|
|7||October 1, 2017||October 29, 2017||6||Todd Tucker|
|8||September 30, 2018||October 28, 2018||6|
|9||September 29, 2019||October 27, 2019||6|
|10||September 13, 2020||October 11, 2020||6|
|11||September 19, 2021||October 31, 2021||8||Aarti Sequeira||Eddie Jackson|