For many of us it's tough trying to get creative inspiration for our Halloween entertaining. Last year the Food Network broadcast an excellent reality show that gave us just what we so desperately wanted, Halloween Wars. Pitting teams of pumpkin carvers, cake decorators, and candy artists against Halloween-themed challenges, the show was a smashing success and the source of endless inspiration.
Halloween Wars returns to Food Network for a spine-tingling second season on Sunday, October 7th at 9 pm. Five teams, once again consisting of a pumpkin carving artist, a cake decorator, and a candy craftsman, battle it out over the course of this four episode competition series to create the ultimate Halloween-themed display that features the most amazing and heart-pounding creations that are sure to scare the pants off of viewers. One team is eliminated each week by the judging panel, made up of renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and award winning special effects, make-up artist, and horror actor/director Tom Savini, with the last team standing winning $50,000. Hosted by Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars), each episode also features a rotating guest judge, including Shawnee Smith (Saw, Anger Management), Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Chaske Spencer (Twilight saga), and Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries).
Sunday, October 7th at 9 pm - "Evil Clowns"
In the first of four battles, five teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist, and candy craftsman must combine their arts to create the most terrifying clown imaginable. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated. Special guest judge: Shawnee Smith
Sunday, October 14th at 9 pm - "Battle of the Vampire Killer"
Four remaining teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist, and candy craftsman must capture an epic battle in which a vampire killer slays his prey. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated. Special guest judge: Rutina Wesley
Sunday, October 21st at 9 pm - "Science Gone Wrong"
Three remaining teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist, and candy craftsman must capture the terrifying moment when a mad scientist's creation goes horribly wrong, with one team being eliminated at the end. Special guest judge: Chaske Spencer
Sunday, October 28th at 9 pm - "Zombie Wedding"
In the epic finale, two teams made up of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist, and candy craftsman must evoke the scene of a romantic yet horrific zombie wedding. At stake is the Halloween Wars champion and a $50,000 grand prize. Special guest judge: Sara Canning
For more inspiration, visit the Food Network's Halloween Wars Photo Slideshow.