NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Halloween Wars is back for a third hair-raising season on Sunday, October 6 th at 9pm ET/PT. Over the course of four deliciously frightening episodes, five teams consisting of a pumpkin carving expert, a cake artist, and candy craftsman battle it out to create heart-stopping Halloween themed displays out of pumpkin, cake, and sugar. Each week, one team is eliminated by the judging panel, made up of renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and Emmy®-nominated make-up artist Brian Kinney. The last team standing wins the $50,000 grand prize. Hosted by Justin Willman ( Cupcake Wars), each episode also features a rotating celebrity guest judge, including author Charlaine Harris, ( Sookie Stackhouse novels), actor Danielle Harris ( Halloween ), actor Tony Todd ( Candyman) and actor Derek Mears ( Friday the 13 th).
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Episodes include:Premiering Sunday, October 6 th at 9pm ET/PT – SEASON PREMIERE "Zombie Prom"In the first of four battles, five teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake decorator, and sugar artist compete to create displays that depict a scene from a Zombie Prom. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated. Special Guest Judge: Danielle Harris Premiering Sunday, October 13 th at 9pm ET/PT "Twisted Nursery Rhymes"Four remaining teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake decorator, and sugar artist must create a twisted version of a fairy tale. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated. Special Guest Judge: Tony Todd Premiering Sunday, October 20 th at 9pm ET/PT "Swamp Creatures Attack"Three remaining teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake decorator, and sugar artist go to battle to create displays that capture what happens when swamp creatures attack. At the end one team will be eliminated, and two will move on to the final battle. Special Guest Judge: Charlaine Harris Premiering Sunday, October 27 th at 9pm ET/PT "Nightmares"Two teams made up of an expert pumpkin carver, cake decorator, and sugar artist go to battle to create mind-blowing Halloween themed displays that capture the terror of nightmares. In the end, one team will become the Halloween Wars champion and win a $50,000 grand prize. Special Guest Judge: Derek Mears ABOUT JUSTIN WILLMAN: Justin Willman has quickly become one of the busiest TV-personalities and live entertainers in America. He presently hosts the hit show Cupcake Wars on Food Network, and is also well known as the witty correspondent on the Rachael Ray talk show with more than 20 appearances. Justin currently tours nationally with his Tricked Out Tour, a popular one-man comedy and magic live show. Willman has astounded audiences with his magic on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, made a guest appearance on G4's Attack of the Show, appeared in the Showtime documentary Make Believe, guest-starred on the hit CBS show The Defenders, and made a cameo on the long-running Disney sitcom The Suite Life on Deck. He also performed at the White House as a guest of the first family. ABOUT SHINMIN LI:Shinmin Li is a renowned cake decorator, who has studied graphic design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City before attending Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney; earning her degree in Grande Patisserie in 2003. ABOUT BRIAN KINNEY: Brian Kinney is a primetime Emmy®-nominated makeup artist and a Journeyman in IATSE Local 706 Make-up Artists and Hairstylists Guild, where he serves as Makeup Craft Coordinator and on the executive board. Brian has worked in film, television, theater, and print for more than 12 years. Brian has made his mark in FX labs, on set, and in classrooms across the United States and Europe. His work can be seen regularly in feature films and television shows, such as CSI, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Scenic Route and The Last Halloween . FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine has tripled its rate base and delivers a circulation of 1.5 million. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), and Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com), is the manager and general partner. SOURCE Food Network
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