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Food Network celebrates Halloween all month-long with new season of 'Halloween Wars,' all-new 'Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror'

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Fri, Sep 15th 2017 07:50 pm
Host Jonathan Bennett with guest judge Juliet Landau and judges Todd Tucker and Shinmin Li on Food Network's `Halloween Wars.`
Host Jonathan Bennett with guest judge Juliet Landau and judges Todd Tucker and Shinmin Li on Food Network's "Halloween Wars."
5 teams compete for $50,000 grand prize in season premiere
Let the fright fest begin, as "Halloween Wars" returns with a new season, a new special, and exciting new series, dishing out tricks and treats and frightful delights.
The all-new special, "Road to Halloween Wars," kicks off the seasonal celebration on Sunday, Oct. 1 (8 p.m. ET/PT), as 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. Year-round, these gleefully ghoulish geniuses work to hone their craft, with dreams of "Halloween Wars" victory!
Then, "Halloween Wars" returns for a new season on Sunday, Oct. 1 (9 p.m. ET/PT), when Bennett challenges 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 ("Child's Play" franchise), Bryan Fuller (executive producer, "American Gods"), Juliet Landau ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Robert Patrick ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day") and Shane West ("The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"). One team will be eliminated each episode, with the last team standing walking away with the $50,000 grand prize.
Halloween chills and thrills continue as new series "Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror" takes the competition out of the kitchen and into the pumpkin patch. When night begins to fall and the pumpkin patch closes for the day, two teams of master food artists - working in cake, sugar and a whole lot of carved pumpkin - face off to create terrifying Halloween displays through three episodes, with one team taking home $15,000 each episode. But to win the cash prize, the winning team's displays of horror must win the votes (and screams) of a wagon full of hayriders, and judges Zac Young and Bianca Appice.
Hosted by Harley Morenstein, "Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror" premieres Monday, Oct. 2 (10 p.m. ET/PT), on Food Network.
For more frights and delights, visit FoodNetwork.com/HalloweenWars to browse photos of the epic displays, meet the teams, and see pictures of the best hayride experiences. Plus, fans can follow all the ghoulish creations and share their scariest Halloween night stories on Twitter using #HalloweenWars.

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