Drunken places, pumpkin faces and gorillas this weekend

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The weekend is full of events -- some of them very, very spooky. The action starts tonight with second annual Adult Daycare at The Lobby, this one dedicated to All Hallow's Eve. From 6 to 10 p.m., kids 21-plus are encouraged to dress up in their finest costumes, forget their adult worries and drink beer. Lefthand Brewing Company will feature some of its craft tap beers at this event; guests will get three, 9-ounce beers (additional brews are $3) and partake in an all-you-can-eat feast for $35. And that's not the only entertainment: There's also a drunken coloring contest, as well as a monster mash dance contest. For more information or reservations, call 303-997-9911.

Keep reading for a taste of what else is on this week's culinary calendar.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 10th Annual Gorilla Run King Kong has nothing on these gorilla racers! Help Denver's Gorilla 5k run break a Guinness World Record of the largest single gathering of people wearing gorilla suits; the current record remains at 1,061. The race will begin and end at the Wynkoop Brewing Company; registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race will follow at 11 a.m. All gorillas are welcome, both big and small.

At races end, wipe the sweat out of your suit and enjoy the Silverback Block Party: The entire 1700 block of Wynkoop Street will be closed down for food, refreshments and live music. Runners 21+ will receive a free beer ticket for Wynkoop's Silverback Pale Ale, which is made with Grains of Paradise -- a part of the mountain gorilla's diet.

Registration is $99.95 per person and includes the gorilla suit; returning participants who already have suits pay only $40. (Fees go up $10 today.) But if you'd just like to watch the gorillas run, the after-party tickets are only $10. Check the website for suit sizes and other info. All proceeds from entry and ticket sales and half of the beer sales will benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, an organization devoted to protecting the endangered mountain gorillas of Africa.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 Costume Contest & Pumpkin Carving Get creative with pumpkins and attire at the sixth annual Little Man Ice Cream costume contest and pumpkin-carving competition at 2 p.m. The event includes complimentary snacks, beverages and musical entertainment from local bluegrass band Some Train Yard.

Carving artists can bring their own pumpkin or purchase one at the Little Man pumpkin patch. Prices range from $3-$12, depending on the size -- all pumpkins are grown locally by Mile High Farms in Bennett. Little Man will be supplying carving tools; carvers are encouraged to bring their own, however. Contestants in the costume and pumpkin contest will be judged in various categories, including scariest and most creative. Winners will win everything from a BoardLife longboard skateboard to free ice cream for a year.

Marczyk After Hours: Beer & Cheese Beer and cheese lovers will unite at Marczyk Fine Foods on 17th Avenue at 7:30 p.m. for the market's after-hours food series. Resident experts on All Things Beer & Cheese have put together unique pairings for guests, and will be available to answer questions about the small bites and brews.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advanced at the store; or call 303-894-9499 (ask for Whitney at extension 206) or send an e-mail to MFFevents@marczyk.com.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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