The Food Network has announced that Halloween Baking Championship will be premiering Monday, October 3rd at 9:00pm ET. Throughout the five-week competition, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his sidekick, Walter, will challenge the bakers’ abilities to create Halloween confections for judges Damiano Carrara, Carla Hall and Sandra Lee. Only one baker with the most impressive treats will win the title of Halloween Baking Champion and take home the grand prize of $25,000.

Each week on Halloween Baking Championship, the bakers face tough Halloween-specific challenges. The last three bakers who impress the judges will face the ultimate challenge in the grand finale – baking, designing and decorating a haunted “gingerdead” house. Fans can go behind the scenes of this spooky competition and see the creepy creations up close at

Also, on Wednesday, October 5th at 8pm ET, Duff Goldman and Alison Sweeney host the first-ever Kids Halloween Baking Championship. On this hour-long special, four fan favorites from Kids Baking Championship are back to bake their way through two challenges for the chance to win $10,000, and the title of Kids Halloween Baking Champion.

“The spirit of Halloween is deliciously captured on Halloween Baking Championship and Kids Halloween Baking Championship with creative new challenges that showcase the talents and imaginations of the bakers, both young and old,” says Didi O’Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.