Lab Rat’s Hal Sparks is joining Martha Stewart as one of the judges on Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash. Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson is the host and Cody Simpson will be performing. Bailee Madison, Rico Rodriguez, Keean Johnson, Todd Newton are among the celebrities presenting. The star-studded special will air on Oct. 26.
Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with Hal to talk about the event and his son Camden.
CBS: You’ll be one of the judges on the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” – what will you be looking for in the competition?
HS: I know that I’m going out on a limb, but I will insist they wear a costume. Being weird will not be sufficient.
CBS: You’ll be with Martha Stewart. Have you ever met her before?
HS: I’ve not yet had the pleasure. But I, like everyone else in America, feel like I know her already. Everything I know about doilies came from her… Well.. Almost everything
CBS: One lucky winner will take home $25,000 and have a chance at a walk-on role on the Hub Network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning series, “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.” If you won $25,000 – what would you do with the money?
HS: Give it charity to find a cure for diabetes. Since Halloween candy is a gateway to that illness.
CBS: Can you remember some of your favorite Halloween costumes you wore as a child?
HS: Groucho Marx, Paul Stanley of KISS, Bruce Lee from Game of Death and a cardboard robot
CBS: Tell us more about what’s going on in the upcoming episodes of Lab Rats.
HS: I can’t! It’s a huge secret. We have an amazing season that is going to build to an incredible season finale. It’s like House of Cards meets I Robot if they were introduced at a party by Carrot Top.
CBS: How do you schedule work around family time?
HS: Because of my work schedule and my sons age I am able to bring him to work with me. My dressing room is his home away from home. It’s more his than mine. Other than that, I plan for as much time with him as possible. You just have to prioritize it day by day.
CBS: What does being a dad mean to you? Has fatherhood changed you?
HS: That’s a huge question. In essence being a Dad is being a facilitator for an emerging soul. I try to provide my son with the tools to be true to himself while also being a conscious member of a community. This is an act of constant gardening and gentle correction. I don’t think fatherhood has changed me really. I knew how I wanted to be with my children before I began having any. I think you owe it to your kids to get yourself in order so you don’t end up practicing adulthood on their time.
CBS: What are your Halloween plans? Will you be taking your son trick-or-treating? Do you have costumes picked out?
HS: My girlfriend and I both have sons and we have friends from my show that have children the same age. We are doing a group outing. As for costumes, he’s 2, you have to be flexible and understand this stuff is all extremely new. Little ones don’t see it the way you do, at all. It can be overwhelming. We are going to spend the week before looking at costumes and trying on masks and see what ideas he is attracted to, then create a costume from that.
CBS: Your son Camden Harrison Sparks is now 2? Tell us a little about him. What’s he into? How did you come up with his first and middle names?
HS: He’s a talker. Loves to jibber jabber and he will parrot words he hears immediately. It’s great to see him breaking things down and dissecting what he is hearing and seeing. He will scrunch his face up when he is explaining something in a way that let’s you know he’s still thinking it over. It’s beautiful. He likes Finding Nemo and Bubble Guppies and when he sees me on TV he yells “That’s Daddy!” even when I’m holding him. His name is a trade secret. It’s his personal business.
CBS: What’s up next for you?
HS: I’m directing an episode of Lab Rats this season and am working on the second record for my band, ZERO 1. And teaching Camden to always say please.