Halloween Wars Season 13 Episode 05 Description Modern Monster Makeover The five remaining teams face their hardest flavor challenge yet as host Jonathan Bennett asks them to make over a classic Hollywood monster. Judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira evaluate their devious designs before sending one team home screaming. Email Halloween Wars All Seasons Halloween […]
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|
Halloween Wars Season 13 Episode 06 Description Zombie Dance Party! With just four teams left, host Jonathan Bennett invites them to a killer dance party where ravenous zombies have brain-inspired treats on the menu! Judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira decide which three teams move into the semi-finals and which team’s chances are dead on […]
Halloween Wars Season 13 Episode 07 Description A Vampire’s Worst Nightmare Host Jonathan Bennett gets a little wicked with his flavors as the three teams of semi-finalists struggle to incorporate garlic into their tasting element while creating a vampire vs. Halloween heavyweight display. Judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeria announce whose pungent piece is worthy […]
Halloween Wars Season 13 Episode 08 Description Don’t Go in the Attic! Host Jonathan Bennett challenges the final two teams of pumpkin carvers, cake decorators and sugar artists to imagine what creepy creatures are lurking in the darkest corners of a haunted attic. Judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira crown one team the Halloween Wars […]
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 […]
Halloween Wars Season 13 Episode 02 Description Good vs. Evil In the second qualifying round, host Jonathan Bennett asks three new teams to conjure up displays inspired by the classic film, The Exorcist. Then, the teams showcase the ultimate battle between good vs. evil in hopes that judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeria choose the […]
Halloween Wars Season 13 Episode 03 Description Monster Mashup In the final qualifying round, host Jonathan Bennett has three teams choose two of the scariest monsters imaginable and meld them into one maniacal monster mashup! Judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeria decide which team’s frightening journey will come to an end. Email Halloween Wars All […]
Halloween Wars Season 13 Episode 04 Description Killer Clowns! Host Jonathan Bennett tasks the six remaining teams of pumpkin carvers, cake decorators and sugar artists with creating a killer display featuring a clown terrorizing an innocent victim at the scariest carnival ever seen! Judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeria have the last laugh as they […]
Halloween Wars Season 12 Episode 05 Description All Dolled Up This time, it’s personal as Zak Bagans introduces the five remaining teams to The Island of the Dolls in Mexico City — one of his most frightening encounters. The competitors tackle another chilling challenge, hoping to wow host Eddie Jackson along with judges Shinmin Li […]
Halloween Wars Season 12 Episode 04 Description A Coven of Confections Six teams face off for the first time in the main competition, hoping to impress host Eddie Jackson and judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira. If that’s not scary enough, Zak Bagans introduces the teams to the haunted city of Salem, Massachusetts, and a […]