Tricks and Treats

In Chris Mohr’s world, chocolate and Halloween go together like peanut butter and jelly. That’s why Choctoberfest, Mohr’s public paean to all things chocolicious, will also feature a side trip of zombie-related fun, including costume contests for children and adults (Westword geek reporter Cory Casciato will be judging the grownups); Andrew Novick’s Weird and Wacky Extreme Chocolate Zombie Buffet and half-price admission for people in costume at tonight’s Pre-Zombie-Crawl Free-for-All.

“I’ve always been kind of a geek, and that’s how this zombie theme found its way into a chocolate festival,” Mohr says. “It also happens to be the same weekend as the downtown Zombie Crawl.” But that doesn’t mean the whole weekend will be ruled by the undead. On Saturday, the fest turns more family-friendly, with a full day of demos, the Chocolate Challenge contest, tastings hosted by more than fifty vendors and what must be the world’s first “aerial chocolate apple-bobbing contest.”

“Really, it’s all about excess,” Mohr explains. “But we’ll also have savory foods, coffee, hard cider and teas, and other things that will make you say, ‘Oh, thank God! A break from eating chocolate!’”

Get your chocolate on from 4 to 10 p.m. tonight and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 South Syracuse Street; admission is $5, and taste tickets run $10 for twelve or $20 for 25. For more information and a full schedule of events, go to chocolatefests.org.
Fri., Oct. 17, 4-10 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 2014

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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