Halloween Wars Q&As: Hear from the Team Members of Gore Mayhem

Hear from the members of Gore Mayhem, one of five teams competing on Halloween Wars, Season 5.
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Grab a bucket of candy and prepare for a scare, because Season 5 of Halloween Wars is set to begin Sunday, Oct. 4 (premiering at 9|8c). Before this fright-night celebration of all things spooky and sugary begins, FN Dish is taking you inside the competition to hear from the five teams of Halloween warriors who will be facing off for the chance at a whopping $50,000.

Today we're introducing you to team Gore Mayhem, made up of Heidi Trelstad, Rocio Varela and Dean Murray. Read on below to hear from all three of them, then check back tomorrow to hear from another group of teammates.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Halloween?

Heidi Trelstad: The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Halloween is dressing up in costume.

Rocio Varela: Halloween always makes me think of costume parties.

Dean Murray: When I think of Halloween, I think about pumpkin carving; it’s the best part!

What monster scares you the most?

HT: Hmmmmm, that’s tough. Maybe Chuckie, though I’m not sure if that qualifies as a monster.

RC: Growing up, Freddy Krueger scared me more than anything!

DM: The scariest monster to me is any type of demon, because they are always just evil.

How are you feeling going into the competition, and what is your biggest fear?

HT: I am excited because I love a challenge and love to compete. My biggest fear is not having enough time to get everything done. I have some very elaborate and very large work to get done, and it’s such a short period of time; I hope I am more capable than I think I am.

RV: I’m so excited to start the competition. My biggest fear is not living up to my own expectations.

DM: I am feeling good going into this because I thrive on competition, and I can carve pumpkins with the best of them. My biggest fear going into the competition is to hear the judges call my carving cute!

What is your favorite tool?

HT: My hands are my favorite tool. They can do so many things!

RV: My hands are my favorite tools; I can create many things with them.

DM: My go-to tool is my paring knife. My paring knife is like an extension to my finger. I can complete a great carving using just my paring knife.

How are you approaching the competition?

HT: Not going to lie, the fact that I own a business and am a very, very active member of my team makes this kind of hard, so to leave and do this during this time is difficult to say the least. That being said, I’m trying to remain calm and collected and just focus on the fact that it’s a terrific opportunity — and [it's] great exposure for my business. I know that I’ll be so glad that I did it, and I know that my staff will step up to the plate in my absence. So, overall, I’m trying to be super-calm and super-excited!

RV: I’m approaching the competition with good calm vibes.

DM: We will be approaching this competition one challenge at a time. We need to show the other teams we are here to win. Then we need to keep reminding them we are the team to beat.

What is the most-daunting project you have ever completed?

HT: I once did a live gingerbread competition in the theme of Alice in Wonderland and barely got everything done on time. It was the closest I have ever gotten to a deadline.

RV: When I competed in the last Food Network Challenge, it was the hardest seven hours of my life. It was exhausting!

DM: The two most-daunting projects I have ever completed are a 28-foot-tall ice carving of King Kong and a 640-pound replica of Lambeau Field out of cheddar cheese.

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