For those of you who always thought clowns were just a little off, this life-size creation definitely will reignite childhood fears. A ghoulish clown with tufts of purple hair extends a bloody, sugar-blown balloon animal, beckoning you to fall prey to his wicked magic.
With a theme of the Seven Deadly Sins, the Season 5 Scream Team opted for a celebration of gluttony with an overflowing pumpkin monster. From the pumpkin seed green guts to the splintered rib cage and a fearful baby pumpkin presumed to be swallowed next, this realistic cake beautifully illustrates the masterful craftwork of its creators.
“Out of Body Experience”
A skeleton couple romantically wed atop their graves, with the groom bearing his still-beating heart to his bride-to-be. The scene brings an endearing charm to an otherwise ghoulish scene, especially with the red-eyed gargoyle proceeding over the ceremony.
This Spine Chiller challenge was themed “zombie prom,” and Team Black Magic took a Carrie interpretation with a prom queen holding the skull of her would-be prom king. Because who said a queen needs a king anyways?
It’s safe to say one of the most terrifying things are demonic children, so this devil baby being birthed out of fluorescent gel while its glowing eyes stare directly into your soul is especially horrific. Bravo to the glow in the dark touch — there’s no escaping this demon!
“Bumps and Boils”
This wart-covered twisted face was constructed for a Small Scares Challenge, yet its oozing eyes, bloodied grimace, and wisps of greying hair make the edible cake… less desirable as a dessert.
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“Witch and Warlock”
Season 6 contestants the Sugar Psychos depicted a gruesome witch and “Thriller”-esque warlock playing videogames for the Spine Chiller round of the competition. Judge Don Marcini praised the facial details of the cake, calling the duo full of “personality” and “camera-ready.”
This It-inspired cake brings a child-eating clown to life, complete with a bloodied leg dangling from rotting teeth and cotton candy stumps of hair. The clown head is a painted and carved pumpkin, believe it or not. Don’t let this childhood fear consume you too!
A little meta humor didn’t hurt anybody. This jagged mouth of a television set is broken by a bloody hand trying to escape, as crafted by Team Black Magic. You don’t have to be a Media Studies major to catch the commentary on television, mass culture, and of course, Halloween.
“Jack O’Lantern in the Box”
Barbarann Kym from Season 2 helped craft this clown pumpkin life-sized Jack in the Box, finished off with dry ice for a smoking effect. The crazed eyes and purple and green ensemble hearken back to a child’s toy, but this scary twist is definitely not kid-friendly!
“Small Baby, Big Shock”
Aptly-named team Gore Mayhem debuted this devil porcine offspring in the Small Scare Challenge for Season 5. Let’s just leave this winged baby for Rosemary!
“Winning With Fear”
Team Black Magic’s boogeyman cake was made out of pumpkin, rice cereal treats, sugar, and a whole lot of creativity. Note the screaming faces being suffocated in the belly of the pimpled, blood-soaked monster. It’s too disturbing not to look away.
“Pop Up Surprise”
Part Yoda, part Gremlin, this pumpkin monster has a slight element of cuteness — if adorable demon creatures are your thing. The weathered eyes and sly smile add to the realistic portrayal of a fantastical creature.
“Paging Doctor Halloween”
The Crypt Cookers team in Season 6 was awarded top prize for the Week 4 challenge to create a scene from an evil doctor. The rabbit-bat-rat combo looks like something that could easily be seen scurrying along the streets of New York with its realistic face and hints of blood on its curved claws. “It’s really demented,” season judge Don Mancini said. We totally agree.
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“Mother May I”
The Season 9 competitors Team Burned at the Cake won for this haunting interpretation of a young girl who looks for comfort from her mother after a demonic nightmare, only to realize her mother was the demon all along. This cake takes mommy issues to the next level!
As the eerie Halloween season approaches, what better way to celebrate than by ogling oozing cake creations?
The addictive Food Network's Halloween Wars, hosted by Jonathan Bennett, continues to wow its judges and viewers alike with over-the-top culinary artistry that, well, takes the cake in festive fodder.
Also, get her recipe for Shortcut Deviled Eggs with Bread-and-Butter Pickles.
The premise is simple: each year, six teams comprised of an expert pumpkin carver, cake artist, and sugar master compete over five episodes to craft the most frightening Halloween-themed edible displays. This year's judges include award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li, horror film special effects master Todd Tucker, and special celebrity guests like actors Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead), Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), Harley Quinn Smith (Tusk), and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Let's take a look back at Halloween Wars' most horrifying creations!