Season 12 of 'Halloween Wars' Is Here With More Spooky Sweets

'Tis the season for Halloween baking! 'Halloween Wars' Season 12 is currently underway with thrills and chills. Who are the judges of the show?


Sep. 25 2022, Updated 11:42 a.m. ET

'Halloween Wars' judges season 12
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If you haven't found the right Halloween-themed show to watch, the Food Network has you covered.

Enter: Halloween Wars, the deliciously spooky competition show that pits five teams against one another to create edible Halloween displays. The winning team will be rewarded with $25,000 and bragging rights, making the show the perfect competition to watch as the weather gets cold.

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The panel of three judges for the show changes annually, typically with at least one guest judge. Here's everything we know about the Season 12 judges of Halloween Wars.

Returning host and ghost investigator Zak Bagans.
Source: The Food Network
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Who are the judges for Season 12 of 'Halloween Wars'?

There are twelve seasons of Halloween Wars and a lot of different judges over the years, guest or otherwise! Typically, there are three main judges for the show, with different guest judges that appear each episode. In the past, guest judges have included Miles Teves, Tom Savini, Brian Kinney, Don Mancini, Todd Tucker, Sid Haig, R.L. Stine, Naomi Grossman, Jackson Rathbone, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin.

Shinmin Li.

Shinmin Li has been with Halloween Wars since the beginning of the show. A cake artist herself, according to her Instagram bio, Shinmin also judges Holiday Wars closer to December. She is also the co-founder of Kora Community, an app that connects those with kitchen nightmares to cooks who will come to their homes and make a meal for them.

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Aarti Sequeira.

Aarti Sequeira returns for Season 12 after being a new judge during Season 11! Aarti is best known as the winner of the sixth season of The Next Food Network Star. After her victory, her show Aarti Party premiered on Food Network in 2010. After her work at Aarti Party, Aarti went on to host Taste in Translation for the Cooking Channel, where she discusses popular dishes from around the world.

Eddie Jackson.

Former professional football player and current chef Eddie Jackson is no stranger to competition. After retiring from football, Eddie was briefly a personal trainer before competing on MasterChef. Although he came in eighth, Eddie was determined to continue his career and won the eleventh season of Food Network Star.

Eddie hosts his cooking competition series for Food Network called BBQ Blitz and hosts Christmas Cookie Challenge as well.

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Halloween Wars also occasionally switches up their hosts, and past hosts include Justin Willman (Seasons 1–4), Rossi Morreale (Season 5), Jonathan Bennett (Seasons 6-10), and actor and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans, who began hosting for Season 11.

The new season of Halloween Wars premieres on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 9 p.m. ET, with new episodes on Sundays. Or stream episodes on Discovery Plus.

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