The Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship is about to return with some violent, frightening, spooky, but delectable sweets. The baking competition will pit 12 finalists against each other for a $25,000 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid vacation to ten haunted homes. The bakers will compete in a spooky hotel, which will be hosted by John Henson. The Halloween Baking Championship’s summary read:
“This season of HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, host John Henson is the caretaker of a haunted hotel and will welcome the competitors for an eight-week stay, unless their baked goods fail to impress the judges, in which case they will have to “check out” and take the elevator to the mysterious 13th floor, from which guests never return.
It went on:
Stephanie Boswell, Carla Hall, and Zac Young decide which devilishly delectable sweets win the title of Halloween Baking Champion and an all-expenses-paid vacation to America’s ten most haunted hotels.”
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The Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship will air on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.
The Halloween Baking Championship: What to Expect
The contenders in this holiday-themed baking competition will battle to create unique, exciting sweets that will both shock and tickle the judges’ tastes. The bakers will compete for eight weeks while staying at the hotel. Each episode of the program will include two challenges in which these Halloween aficionados must make recipes based on certain themes. To impress the three judges, they will be needed to make a cake with faces during the first episode, Welcome to Hotel Henson, followed by a cake with blood spatters. The first episode’s summary read:
“When presenter John Henson brings 12 Halloween aspirants to Hotel Henson and instructs them to make faces in pie, no body part is safe. Then it’s blood in blood out as they use blood splatter cakes to dazzle judges Stephanie Boswell, Zac Young, and Carla Hall.”
Similarly, in episode two, Croquem-boots, the competitors must transform croquembouche into croquem-boots and construct cat-sized desserts in celebration of Puss in Boots. Halloween Baking Championship will consist of six one-hour episodes and two two-hour supersized episodes.
The baker who survives the motel of horrors and elimination will get the $10,000 prize as well as a tour to America’s ten most haunted mansions. Marcus Brackett, Jill Davis, AJ DeDiego, Kristi Descher, Justin Dominguez, Lola Forbes, Margarita Garcia, Alexey Ivanov, Zac Mercer, Lauren Rogers, Maricsa Trejo, and Blayre Wright are the 12 candidates competing in this heart-stopping challenge.
Meet your host
Veteran TV personality John Henson will host another season of the Halloween Baking Championship. The host started his career as a stand-up comedian and has since moved on to acting, writing, presenting, and producing. He made it to the semi-finals of Food Network’s Work Cooks in America: Celebrity as a celebrity guest. He co-hosted ABC’s Wipeout and appeared in FX’s Anger Management and NBC’s My Name Is Earl, among other shows.
The Halloween Baking Championship has been on the air since 2015, with the most recent season planned to begin on September 5, 2022. The program is also available to watch on Discovery Plus.