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The Big Bake Halloween judges reveal their favourite Halloween memories

The Big Bake Stars Reveal Their Favourite Halloween Memories

There’s no denying that the talented competitors on The Big Bake: Halloween have been simultaneously wowing us with their masterful creations while also putting us in a spooky state of mind with their ghoulish cakes. So, while the bakers continue to think outside the box when it comes to concocting jaw-dropping and scrumptious cakes as they vie for the $10,000 prize, we took the opportunity to catch up with host Brad Smith and resident judges Harry Eastwood and Eddie Jackson to ask them about their favourite childhood Halloween experiences.

Related: 50 Killer Recipes for Your Halloween Party

What are your favourite food memories around Halloween?

Brad Smith: “I’m a candy-holic. It was all about going out and getting as much candy as I could. But my mom, who is [usually] one of the worst cooks ever, used to do this pumpkin cheesecake for Halloween every year and it was just the best thing ever.”

Harry Eastwood: “I have a really great story! I grew up in France and we definitely didn’t have Halloween. England barely has it, but France absolutely did not have it in the 1990s, which is when I was a kid growing up there. But my grandmother, who was a very old-fashioned English woman, loved ghost stories. So she used to throw her own Halloween parties for just my sister and me and a couple of our school friends. Basically, she would do things like peel grapes and put them in buckets and turn the lights off so we’d dive in with our hands. She’d say, ‘Oh, those are eyeballs!’ She also used to make cookies with ketchup on them [for blood]. It was fairly basic and definitely not sophisticated but it was a lot of fun.”

Eddie Jackson: “First and foremost, I think pumpkin. Any type of pumpkin reminds me of Halloween because me and my dad would carve [them together]. I remember growing up, we used to do a lot of old school treats, like candy apples and things like that.”

Related: 45 Perfect Pumpkin Desserts to Make Your Fall Menu Sweeter

Growing up, what was your favourite Halloween costume? 

Brad Smith: “You know what’s funny? I’m allergic to cats but my mom used to dress me up in the family’s go-to hand-me-down cat costume. I wore that for four straight years, even when I outgrew it. It was a black leotard with a tail.”

Harry Eastwood: “I was never keen on anything ghoulish or zombie-like. I actually get really creeped out by those things, Any excuse I got, I would turn up at parties in a Tinkerbell outfit – basically [I loved] anything that involved pink and bells that jangled when I walked. I was all up in that.”

Eddie Jackson: “Growing up, I would throw a bedsheet over my head and call myself Casper the ghost. That costume is probably the one that stands out.”

Eddie isn’t the only one who loves a good DIY Halloween costume. If your kids are stuck on ideas this year, try one of these last-minute budget-friendly Halloween costumes using everyday household items.

7 Reasons to Love Chopped Canada Season 3

Chopped Canada Season 3 is so good we added an extra 6 episodes, but we still can’t get enough! Here are the reasons why this season takes the cake.

Face Value

Our judges are great chefs, but food isn’t the only medium they transform. Their very own faces serve as canvases for some of the most artful reactions we’ve ever seen on television. We’ve compiled them all here so you can revisit all the sulks, stink-eyes and moments of utter shock.

Family Matters

Brotherly love turned to sibling rivalry when brothers Dany and Pete Sok competed against Bijou and Imrun Texeira, and they all competed against each other. Don’t worry if you missed the epic Bro-Down Showdown – you can watch it here.

Sweet Redemption

It’s not easy getting chopped in the dessert round, but this season offered four returning chefs a shot at sweet, sweet redemption.

A Whole Host of Awesomeness

Sure, he was a good CFL star and a great Bachelor, but new host Brad Smith truly found his calling when he joined Chopped Canada. The Montreal native has charmed us all with his calm in the kitchen, judge impressions and megawatt smile.

Life’s Great Mysteries

The producers outdid themselves this season, turning familiar ingredients like flaky roll dough into huge challenges when they were paired with side stripe prawns, finger limes and a candy necklace!

Mic Drops

Contestants had better be upfront, especially when Roger Mooking’s in the house, as one competitor memorably learned when he called his scrambled eggs a ‘freeform frittata.’ And re-visit Chef Lynn Crawford’s disapproval when one contestant dared to “play it safe.”

Good Hair Days

“Judging by your hairstyle and your knife skills, I can see that you’re very precise,” is the comment that proved Mark McEwan considers the full package when he’s assessing a dish.

If you can stand the heat in the kitchen, apply to be a contestant! Application deadline is April 11, 2016.  Catch new episodes of Chopped Canada Saturdays at 9 E/P.