I have watched Halloween Wars on Food Network every year since it came on. It is a part of my family's Halloween traditions.
However, after watching the first episode of this season of Halloween Wars, I have to wonder if it's time to put this tradition to the grave after seeing the horrendous changes they have made to the show.
Before we get to the bad, I want to first acknowledge the one good thing which was changed: the replacement of Jonathan Bennett as host. He was far too silly and corny, and his goofiness added a certain Kindergarten clown aspect which was difficult to watch. So for removing him, I thank Food Network.
However, there have been several changes to the show's format which I find very disturbing, the most glaring being the elimination of a pumpkin carving element within each piece. The pumpkin carving was unique, and gave the whole challenge a distinct Halloween vibe.
Without pumpkin carving, the show is just another one of 500 shows about cake. BORING!!!! The pumpkin carving was unique and beautiful, and gave artists with a specific talent the opportunity to shine. Now it's gone.
Shame on you.
Also, the show has eliminated the small scare portion of the show. So instead of two challenges, we get one. Gee, thanks for short-changing us, Food Network! I left the episode feeling unfulfilled and longing for the old format.
Oh, and one more thing.
This whole thing with tying it in to Ghost Hunters? Yeah, we can see right through that. It's so painfully obvious that you're trying to boost the ratings of Ghost Hunters by globbing it on to a show that's actually good, it's sort of sad. It doesn't add to Halloween Wars, it cheapens it.
I do not like where this season is headed, and my guess is there are a lot of others who feel the same way.
It was good the way it was, and then Food Network took a bat to it.
I haven't seen a bigger mess up of a good thing like this since Gremlins 2. All I can hope is that it will better next year.
User's recommendation: Watch the reruns and hope they fix it next year.
Location: Portland, Oregon
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