'Bake Off' Halloween week's 5 spookiest moments

Noel - The Great British Bake Off 2022 - Halloween week (Channel 4)
It's Halloween week on The Great British Bake Off. (Channel 4)

Halloween arrived in the Great British Bake Off tent this week, offering endless opportunities for kooky creations.

The bakers had to make a signature apple cake, faced a technical challenge to bake s'mores, and a nightmarish showstopper task to make a Halloween pinata lantern offered both stunning and shocking results.

What was everyone talking about this week?

The biggest moments from Halloween week on Bake Off

Costume party

Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas & Noel Fielding - The Great British Bake Off 2022 - Halloween week (Channel 4)
Noel Fielding got in the Halloween spirit. (Channel 4)

It wasn't just the bakes grabbing screen time this week - each contestant upped their game with a special Halloween outfit.

Particular mention goes to Sandro's black wings, Maxy's cobwebby wig, and Janusz's attempt to dress like goth Noel Fielding - who of course was in a skeleton onesie of his own.

Paul Hollywood came as himself.

Halloween handshakes

Paul with Skeletons - The Great British Bake Off 2022 - Halloween week (Channel 4)
The Hollywood handshake returned. (Channel 4)

It was treat, not trick, for two of the bakers who earned Hollywood handshakes in the signature challenge.

Maxy and Syabira both impressed with very different flavours in their apple cakes, wowing the judges enough to win the ultimate praise from Hollywood.

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However, things went in very different directions from there, with Syabira having her best week in the contest while Maxy had a rare struggle with the challenges.

Janusz's cricket truffles

Janusz's bold flavour choices paid off. (Channel 4)
Janusz went all in for the Halloween theme. (Channel 4)

Janusz really went all out for Halloween by encasing whole, crunchy crickets inside truffles made from ground cricket powder.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith spoke to him about the truffle recipe as if nothing was out of the ordinary, but host Matt Lucas looked absolutely horrified.

Hollywood said: "They grind down really nice don't they?"

Janusz agreed: "They're more like peppery in flavour."

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Leith was also a fan, saying: "You know what, insects are going to be the future because they're easy to farm, cheap, ecologically sound."

Janusz added: "And they're pretty nice as well, they taste like you're eating bacon."

Lucas was not quite sold on the idea.

Kevin's greatest fears

Kevin shared some Halloween anecdotes. (Channel 4)

He might not have had the best looking showstopper, but Kevin did have the funniest scare stories to tell.

Explaining his spider pinata, Christian Kevin said: "My bake is called 'ArachnaFOMO' - fear of missing out - because we were never allowed to dress up as anything scary for Halloween like zombies or vampires.

"We're Christians so we had to dress up as something benign. One year I dressed up as a clock with a mouse running up it, as in Hickory Dickory.

"I've got a friend who's a Christian as well and his mum sent him out one year trick or treating dressed as Toulouse-Lautrec."

Talking about the spider, he said: "They're not my biggest fear."

When asked by Fielding what was, the music teacher answered: "The same as any musician - child prodigies."

Halloween showstopper nightmare

Matt & Noel - The Great British Bake Off 2022 - Halloween week (Channel 4)
Halloween week offered some terrifying challenges. (Channel 4)

There were some truly stunning creations - Syabira, Sandro and Janusz all presented incredible lanterns - but getting them to hold together and hang from a hook was an absolute nightmare.

At one point, we were confronted with the terrifying image of Sandro using an actual drill on his lantern.

Many of the bakers struggled with the construction and with the flavours of their sweet treats filling the lanterns, too, but this was a next-level challenge that showed the huge amount of skill in the tent.

The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.