Richard Blais hosts the country's top bakers as they battle it out to create Halloween's spookiest and most-irresistible treats. From spider cupcakes, cheesecake coffins and witch finger cookies to towering confections of terror, these bakers must prove their skills to judges Ron Ben-Israel, Carla Hall and Sherry Yard to land the $25,000 prize and the title of Halloween Baking Champion!
The competition begins with a deliciously difficult pre-heat as the eight Halloween bakers weave spider web desserts with creatures trapped inside. In the main heat, wily witch hunter John Henson challenges the bakers to create melting desserts that reveal a Halloween item inside.
In the Silence of the Yams pre-heat challenge, bakers make yam desserts that evoke classic scary movie cliches from chainsaws and hockey masks to bloody knives and creepy dolls. In the main heat, the bakers turn a pumpkin patch into a "bundtkin patch" by creating a pumpkin patch out of mini bundt cakes.
A monster has ransacked the kitchen and is on the loose! The bakers work together in the pre-heat challenge to create a 3-D suspect sketch out of pate a choux to help track him down. The sketch helps puts the monster behind bars but now he's hungry for the main heat challenge that involves monster-sized Halloween deserts like giant cupcakes, pies, cream puffs and more.
It's bridal season for Halloween lovers and since bridal showers often have petit fours, the bakers are creating "petit horrors" in the pre-heat challenge. In the main heat, it's time for a Halloween wedding! Each happy couple -- vampire and troll, werewolf and mummy, skeleton and robot, witch and goblin, zombie and ghost -- gets a unique Halloween wedding cake.
A group of talented bakers enter the fortune-telling tent at the Circus of Dread in the pre-heat challenge. The competitors are tasked with creating tarot card desserts featuring blood orange, fig or passion fruit. The bakers then enter the Creepy Clown Hall of Fame in the main heat where they create impressive desserts that will land one of them in the finale.
Eight bakers show off their decorating skills by creating Halloween candy-filled cookies; for the main heat, it's oozy fun with sublime slime desserts where bakers can make any treat, but it must be filled with a gooey slime.
Seven remaining bakers must make witches' fingers and toes and create a sauce to dip them in; the witch theme goes a step further in the main heat when the bakers must create desserts that look like witches, complete with edible brooms.
Bakers work in teams and put their minds together to create the most outrageous and delicious left brain/right brain desserts; in the main heat, the bakers face their fears by using common phobias like insects and ghosts as inspirations for desserts.
Five remaining bakers take a light, sweet and utterly harmless dessert and head to the dark side; it's a main heat filled with frights as the bakers make scary mask desserts to spook the judges; one baker is eliminated at the end of the round.
Four remaining bakers attempt to make desserts that taste like their favorite candy bars; bakers face death by chocolate and must create a dessert that combines chocolate with odd ingredients; one baker is eliminated.
The three remaining bakers must make a glowing edible centerpiece and three different creepy treats for a spooky Halloween party dessert bar. In the final challenge the bakers must create Jack-O-Lantern cakes that light up. Only one winning baker will carve out the title of Halloween Baking Champion and take home the grand $25,000 prize!