Halloween Wars is Back!

Food Network’s annual Halloween treat Halloween Wars returns this Sunday (October 2nd) for another season of horror and deliciousness.

For those unfamiliar with Halloween Wars, five teams consisting of a pastry chef, sugar/candy specialist, and a professional pumpkin carver, will battle it out each week by combining their skills to create deliciously scary dioramas based on a different horror theme. Then, each week a panel of judges will eliminate a team until only one team is left standing to take home the grand prize of $50,000.

The themes of each battle range from scary stories, to horror movie classics, to something completely out of this world. The team then is required to combine their respective talents to create a scene that embodies the theme, showcases their skills, and has an edible element to it.

While it’s not your usual scary Halloween show, it’s great for anyone who likes Halloween, art, pumpkin carving, baking, and if you’re like me, is a foodie.

Joining Halloween Wars this season on Food Network will be the Halloween Baking Championship (airing Monday Nights in October), making Food Network a fun Halloween alternative to horror movies and scary shows, plus it’s fun for the whole family.

Halloween Wars airs Sunday nights in October on the Food Network. Check your local listings for times.

(All Photos from The Food Network)

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Midsummer Scream Provides the Scares of the Summer!

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Disclaimer: We’ve posted a lot about Midsummer Scream over the last couple weeks, and our coverage is now coming to a close. We decided it was time to share our final thoughts. Though, I’m the one writing this, we discussed our opinions together, so this article represents AHH as a whole. Now that we’ve got all of that out of the way, let’s get started!

This was the first year of Midsummer Scream, so there was great potential for disaster. However, the forces behind this new convention are experienced event coordinators. Their expertise coupled with excellent vendors, speakers, and haunts created an outstanding experience for Halloween enthusiasts. Midsummer Scream was perhaps the best convention I’ve ever attended. If I didn’t know it was the first year, I would’ve assumed it’s been going on for at least a decade.

A big part of what made Midsummer Scream such a spectacular event, was the venue. The Long Beach Convention Center was the perfect location. Sure it’s quite a trip for us Los Angeles dwellers, but the drive wasn’t too bad and Long Beach is a breathtaking area. The building has plenty of room, so everyone had space to breathe. It was also well air conditioned, which is a major step up from most conventions. (I’m talking to you, Monsterpalooza.)

In addition to the fantastic venue, Midsummer Scream also provided a huge supply of entertainment. All the local haunts were in attendance. Everyone from mainstream players like Knott’s Scary Farm and Halloween Horror Nights, to popular home haunts unveiled their plans for the 2016 season. Those who couldn’t wait for October could hit up the mini haunts in the Hall of Shadows. Of course it wouldn’t be a horror convention without the vendors. In the vendors hall, guests could find all sorts of freaky swag. To top it all off, those willing to spend a little extra could hit up the costumed dance party, headlined by Oingo Boingo.

I can’t say that I have any complaints about the convention. I’d be hard pressed to come up with anything I would change. Midsummer Scream was just what I needed to get me in the Halloween spirit, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

What did you think of Midsummer Scream? Be sure to let us know in the comments, or on any of our social media sites.

 

Krampus Announced at Horror Nights

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John Murdy announced a Krampus Halloween Horror Nights maze coming this October. The maze will of course be based on the recent film by Mike Dougherty. We are huge fans of the film and can’t wait to see what Murdy and Chris Williams will do with it. Since the Krampus legend is an old tale, hopefully they’ll also draw from classic lore as well as the film. We don’t know too much yet. We’ve got a simple trailer and we know that the maze will be placed on the backlot where the Crimson Peak maze was located. No doubt, Murdy will provide more information this weekend at ScareLA.

We want to hear from you! Are you excited about the Krampus maze? Which of the announced mazes are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter or Facebook.

 

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Knott’s Makes a Big Announcement!

Well folks, the Halloween season is approaching fast. In less than two weeks, it’ll be time for the Midsummer Scream Convention, followed by ScareLA. To tide us over, Knott’s Scary Farm has released the names of the returning Scare Zones and a short trailer. Back for 2016 are Ghost Town Streets, Fiesta de los Muertos, and CarnEVIL.

Ghost Town Streets is a literal ghost town. This scare zone mixes the aesthetic of old Western films, with the mysterious allure of the supernatural. Did someone say High Plains Drifter?

Fiesta de los Muertos is a favorite of mine. The brightly colored sugar skulls and fun atmosphere are a perfect complement to the brooding, unwavering finality of death.

CarnEVIL is your standard spooky freakshow, in the tradition of Mr. Dark’s Carnival. I’m a sucker for anything with a macabre circus theme. This one never disappoints.

Be sure to check back with us, for more updates regarding Knott’s Scary Farm and the 2016 Halloween season.