Oh my gourd! Food Network is bringing us three exciting shows to satisfy both our cooking and Halloween cravings. Halloween Wars, Halloween Baking Championship, and Outrageous Pumpkins are all sure to please, but we’re here to creep it real and find the fright one for you.
Jonathan Bennett has had me under his spell since Mean Girls (when he was the irresistible Aaron Samuels), and he continues to haunt with his charm as host of Halloween Wars. Each of the six teams includes an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist, and a master sugar artist. Together, they must make dazzling displays — all edible of course. This show happens to be my favorite because I love drama, and I love that each team member has to carry their weight (it’s painfully obvious when the pumpkin carving falls short, or the sugar candy is hauntingly bad). As the pressure increases and the teams get heated, I’m totally here for it. This show combines reality TV drama with culinary competition, so if that’s your thing, this is an unboolievably good choice.
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This seven-part competition is also sure to fright… I mean delight. The bakers are pushed through many exciting but spooky challenges to show off their frighteningly good baking skills. Hosted by Carla Hall, the show also features judges and pastry chefs Stephanie Boswell and Zac Young to select the Halloween Baking Champion. It’s all about the scares and frights in this show, so bakers are rewarded for truly frightening the judges with their culinary creations. However, the reward comes with high risk, as some of the baked goods end up half baked, or monsterous in the wrong way. But for the ones that don’t, we’re treated to some disgustingly delicious desserts. Bone appetit!
Halloween Baking Championship premieres Mon. Sept. 14 at 9pm ET.
If you’re more about workmanship and craft, Outrageous Pumpkins might just be your pick of the patch. This series features seven expert pumpkin carvers battling to show off their spooky skills. It’s not exactly a cooking show, but pumpkins are technically edible, and it's an incredibly entertaining watch, so I’ll give Food Network a pass. Hosted by Alyson Hanigan, the carvers are put through multiple challenges each episode, and are slowly eliminated until the Outrageous Pumpkin Champion is crowned. These competitors are no amateurs, and with every design, they give us pumpkin to talk about. Carve out some time and watch this four-part series.
Outrageous Pumpkins premieres Sun. Sept. 20 at 10pm ET
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