The Top Moments and Creepiest Designs Seen on Halloween Wars, Season 8

Step inside the competition for a look at the spookiest creations.

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Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Photo By: Michael Moriatis

Week 5: And Then There Were Two…

The final two teams, Zesty Zombies and Candied Cadavers, squared off in the final week of the competition.

The Final Small Scare

In the final Small Scare challenge, the teams were asked to create their version of a demon’s prized possession. Here, Zesty Zombies sugar artist Shelby is hard at work putting the finishing touches on a creepy, old stamp book.

Baby Demon’s Binky

Candied Cadavers took the slight edge and won the final Small Scare challenge by creating a baby demon whose prized possession was his binky. The team scored an advantage by getting the first pick of their pumpkin for the final Spine Chiller.


For the final Spine Chiller challenge, the teams had to depict a terrifying worldwide outbreak and the race for an antidote. Candied Cadavers set an epic scene where a scientist is working on a cure in his laboratory when he’s attacked by an infected creature.

A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Zesty Zombies imagined that the world become a cave and an outbreak contaminated the water, causing everything to mutate. Two vigilantes have found the antidote, but it’s too late for one of them.

And the Winner Is…

Candied Cadavers! After five grueling weeks, Cynthia, Orly and Arlen became the winners of Halloween Wars Season 8 and took home the $50,000 grand prize.

Week 4: Open with Caution

Pandora’s Box got a bit of an upgrade in the Week 4 Small Scare Challenge. The remaining teams — Monsters of Mayhem, Candied Cadavers and Zesty Zombies — had to rethink the classic contraption while keeping its evil ways.

Welcome to the Judges’ Table

Stranger Things actor Gaten Matarazzo served as guest judge of this week’s competition. As a huge fan of Halloween Wars, he said he was most looking forward to seeing all of the great pumpkin carving.

Terrifying Takeout

Candied Cadavers scored another Small Scare win with their terrifying takeout box, complete with green “noodles” (carved from pumpkin) and monster fortune cookies (made from sugar).

Traveling Through Time

Moving into this week’s Spine Chiller, the teams needed to create a display that depicted Halloween time travel. Sabrina, from Monsters of Mayhem, was hard at work creating a Viking character for her team’s scene.

Salty Sweets

Shelby made the huge mistake of using salt instead of sugar in her team’s tasting element, which was meant to be a Moon Sugar Cookie Dipped in Chocolate. Todd said, “I’m having a hard time getting [the taste] out of my mouth. I feel like I just swallowed the ocean.”

The Ghost from Halloween’s Past

Candied Cadavers won Week 4’s Spine Chiller challenge with their time-traveling display. They set the scene of King Arthur greeting a trick-or-treater that turned out to be a gravity-defying ghost.

Week 3: Beware of the Beast

In Week 3, each team was tasked with creating a display in which animals underwent scary mutations. Team Grave Expectations came up with a horrifying nightmare — a rat roach!

Winning Streak

Zesty Zombies captured another Small Scare win with their frightening take on a spider monkey (not to be confused with the real-life spider monkey). With three wins under their belt, Kimberly said, “The other teams might as well just pack up [their] stuff, hit the road and call it a day.”

Witch Gets a New Ride

For Week 3’s Spine Chiller challenge, the teams were responsible for giving a witch a new ride to replace her tired old broom. Here, Monsters of Mayhem cake artist Sabrina Jurado takes her time as she sculpts her team’s witch.

Week 2: Frankenstein’s Gift

Little-known fact: Frankenstein was a total romantic. For the Small Scare challenge in Week 2, the teams were responsible for creating the twisted present he would give to his bride.

Eerie Earrings

Zesty Zombies scored their first Small Scare win with their vision for Frankenstein’s gift. The display featured the monster’s bolts ripped out of his neck and fashioned into a pair of earrings.

Clowns vs. Zombies

The teams carved, baked, shaped and sculpted their displays for this week’s Spine Chiller challenge that featured Clowns vs. Zombies.

Costume Couture

Talk about Halloween spirit! Host Jonathan Bennett and judge Todd Tucker got into costume to celebrate the week’s theme.

Cemetery Showdown

Zesty Zombies took home another win in Week 2 for their Clowns vs. Zombies display in the Spine Chiller challenge. They set the scene of an epic graveyard battle between the two frightening characters.

Week 1: Ready, Set, Warriors!

For the competition’s first Small Scare challenge, the teams got right to work creating a frightening scene where Halloween candy attacks.

Carnivorous Candy Corn

Candied Cadavers proved they were the team to beat by winning the first Small Scare Challenge. Their display depicted carnivorous candy corn that goes trick-or-treating to collect eyeballs.

Tick Tock Goes the Clock

Team Tricked-Out-Treats raced against the clock to finish their display for this week’s Spine Chiller challenge. Each team was tasked with creating a scene that depicted Boogeyman’s greatest nightmare.

Sweet Treats

In addition to creating wow-worthy Halloween displays, each team was responsible for adding a tasting element to sweeten the scene. Here, judges Sean Gunn, Shinmin Li and Todd Tucker take a bite of Zesty Zombies’ Texas Chocolate Cake in a White Chocolate Shell.

Two for Two

Candied Cadavers also scored a win in the competition’s first Spine Chiller Challenge. The judges absolutely loved the team’s display of teenage Boogeyman hiding from his mother, Arachnia, after bringing home a bad grade.

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