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Friday, October 31
117. S. Gadsden St.
Tallahassee, FL
11:30 A.M – 1:00 P.M.

Break any mirrors, meet any black cats or walk under any ladders lately?
Never fear! On Friday the 31st, you’re in for a SUPERstitious time!

Slash the Competition

  • Can you craft the last chili standing? Sacrifice your pot at our Chili Cook-Off.
  • Choose the best chili in this cutthroat competition – only $1 per vote ($5 minimum).
  • All proceeds are donated to the lucky winner’s charity of choice.


  • Show us your grotesque, gory garb in our costume contest!

Earn an extra ticket for your getup! The best-dressed ghoul will win a prize!

Cook-Off Timeline

Tricks & Mingle: 11:30 A.M. – Noon
Costume Voting: 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Chili Voting: 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Costume Judging: Noon – 12:30 P.M.
Chili Judging: 12:30 P.M. – 12:45 P.M.
Awards Announcement: 1 P.M.

Contestant Instructions

  • Register your chili by RSVPing or contacting the Salter>Mitchell office at least five days before Halloween.
  • On Halloween, bring a large crock pot of your chili to the Salter>Mitchell office at 11:15 a.m. for set-up.
  • We provide tasting cups, sour cream, shredded cheese and crackers for all chilis, as well as beverages and side dishes.
  • For your display table, we provide a tablecloth, a ticket bucket, and an ID card with your name and charity name. You need to provide anything else for your display, including decorations and literature if you wish.
  • During the Chili Cook-Off, attendees sample the chilis and vote for their favorite by submitting tickets purchased at the door.
  • Guests are asked to contribute a $5 minimum for 5 tickets with $1 for each additional ticket.
  • The winner of the People’s Choice Award receives a cash prize for the charity of their choice based on revenue from tickets sales, which is matched by Salter>Mitchell.
  • Each person or organization entering a chili selects a charity to sponsor.
  • Celebrity judges will also sample chilis and name winners of the Judges' Award and Most Original.
  • The winner of the Judges’ Award receives a certificate and gift basket. The winner of Most Original receives a certificate.

Gory Guest Instructions

  • As a guest, you are asked to RSVP to attend the Chili Cook-Off and contribute a minimum of $5 for 5 vote tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.
  • You are invited to sample all contestant chilis and vote with your tickets for your favorite.
  • The chili with the most votes wins the People’s Choice Award, which a certificate and a check prize for its sponsored charity.
  • You are also encouraged to come dressed in costume, for which you receive one extra ticket and become eligible to compete in the Costume Contest.
  • As part of the Costume Contest, guests may vote for their favorite costume in two categories: Salter>Mitchell Staff and Salter>Mitchell Friends.
  • The winners of the Costume Contest receive a certificate.
  • You also are encouraged to enter a business card or contact information in the Business Card Raffle.
  • One card is drawn, and the winner receives a case of festive beer!

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