Get in the Halloween spirit with programming from Food Network and Cooking Channel


A boo!-tiful Halloween on Food Network and Cooking Channel

Noah Cappe

Admit it. The thought of a socially distanced Halloween has got you down.

In some cities, trick-or-treating is banned due to the pandemic, meaning no friends or neighbors stopping by with their little ones for candy and conversation. Also, Halloween parties and other social events are fewer to nonexistent, so those Halloween-themed cakes, candies and other treats will likely be absent this year as well, as will your kids’ Halloween stash. And then no one in the office is dressing up because everyone is working from home.

So how does one get into the Halloween spirit? If you’re a foodie, try tuning in to Food Network and Cooking Channel, which offer up a plethora of content related to Halloween-themed comestibles, parties and competitions. It just might be the elixir you need to jolt you out of your quarantine funk and into a good Halloween gloom.

It starts Sunday, Oct. 11, on Cooking Channel with “Carnival Eats,” in which host Noah Cappe visits two fall festivals. At Fright Nights in West Palm Beach, Fla., he tries the dreaded chicken and waffles, while at the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, he samples a pumpkin pie cannoli. Scarily delicious.

Over on Food Network that night, “Halloween Wars” finds the contestants undertaking the final challenge, creating a treat that best captures the terror and fun of the horror movie jump scare moment, with the winning team taking home a $50,000 grand prize.

Immediately following on “Outrageous Pumpkins,” the final four carvers are tasked with creating terrifying monsters-in-law and larger-than-life monster party scenes using Atlantic Giant pumpkins, with a $25,000 prize at stake. There’s certain to be some impressive craftsmanship on display here.

Monday, Oct. 12, on Food’s “Halloween Baking Championship,” host Carla Hall is in the devil’s den challenging the six remaining bakers to conjure up a devilish dessert using random ingredients such as beets, canned tomato soup, tamarind paste and sauerkraut. No doubt with Tums at the ready.

Then on “The Big Bake: Halloweeen,” the teams must cast their culinary spell on judges Harry Eastwood, Erin Erler, Eddie Jackson and Brad Smith as they make cakes inspired by Halloween’s first lady – whomever that might be.

Finally, Saturday, Oct. 17, on Food’s “The Pioneer Woman,” host Ree Drummond and her kid crew are hard at work in her Oklahoma kitchen cranking out an array of Halloween treats such as dirt cups, pretzel spider webs, peanut butter cookie ghosts, doughnut eyeballs and concession stand crackers. A countrified Halloween to be sure.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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