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Competitive Eaters Gorge on Halloween Treats

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A carved up pumpkin, or jack-o-lantern is displayed during a jack-o-lantern competition to celebrate Halloween in Jakarta on October 31, 2009. Halloween -- a named taken from "All Hallows' Even" falls on the day before All Saints' Day on November 1 -- a holiday when Christians remember their deceased loved ones. Although the fete is largely devoid of religious meaning today, its antecedents are in fact pagan, with origins in ancient Celtic observances marking the end of summer and, some say, paying homage to the netherworld.

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Halloween is all about the sweet treats, and lots of them, but those in the world of competitive eating take the treat in trick-or-treat to an entirely new level. Competitive eating champions have set records for eating all kinds of sweets including chocolate bars, pumpkin pies and apple pies. What better holiday than Halloween to find out who holds those records?

Eric “Badlands” Booker

Eric Booker, 42, is a huge personality in the world of competitive eating in more ways than one. Called “The People’s Champ,” Booker weighs in at 400 pounds and holds several competitive eating records. One of the records he holds is for eating chocolate candy bars. “Badlands” Booker holds the record for eating two pounds of chocolate candy bars in six minutes.

Booker, who has ranked near the top of the International Federation of Competitive Eaters (IFOCE) for years, also holds the record for eating pumpkin pie. On November 22, 2004, he ate nearly five Entenmann’s pumpkin pies in 12 minutes. That record has yet to be broken.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12:  Former cannoli-eating champion Eric "Badlands" Booker (R) congratulates the new champion, newcomer Brad Sciullo (L) after Sciullo won the Annual Cannoli Eating Contest during the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy September 12, 2008 in New York. The competition, sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, was won in an upset by 21-year-old newcomer Sciullo, who ate over 20 cannolis at 500 calories apiece.

Eric “Badlands” Booker (Photo Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti

Patrick Bertoletti, 26, may weigh in at an average 190 pounds, but he is a competitive eating machine. With an impressive total of 38 competitive eating titles, Bertoletti holds the IFOCE record for eating two Halloween favorites.

On July 22, 2010, at the Red Faction Mars Bar Eating World Championship, Bertoletti consumed an impressive 38 Mars Bars in only six minutes. Three years later, the IFOCE legend-in-the-making has yet to be unseated as the Mars Bar eating champ.

Before he set this record, Bertoletti notched another candy-eating championship. On February 13, 2006, he ate nearly two pounds of Chicago Chocolate Hearts in seven minutes. Bertoletti started out as somewhat of a competitive eating sweets specialist, racking up records for eating blueberry pie (hands-free), cannoli, cupcakes, date nut bread and doughnuts. To date, he holds more records than any other IFOCE member.

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 08: 1st place winner Joey "Jaws" Chestnut poses at Martorano's Masters Meatball Championship at Cafe Martorano in the Rio Hotel & Casino on November 8, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joey Chestnut (Photo Credit: Jacob Andrzejczak/Getty Images for Rio)

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut

Chestnut, 27, holds the record for eating the most apple pies, consuming nearly five three-pound apple pies in eight minutes at Mapleside Farms on September 13, 2013. Another sweet-treat record held by Joey Chestnut is for ice cream (short form). Chestnut managed to out eat his competition on the Magnify Credit Union World Ice Cream Eating Championship by eating 1.81 gallons of vanilla ice cream. He accomplished this feat in six minutes on April 6, 2013.

Other seasonal food records held by Chestnut include the world record for eating brats. Consuming 70 Hillshire Farm brats in 10 minutes at the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Chestnut took the brat-eating title on September  22, 2013. He also holds the title for eating chili. Joey Chestnut consumed two gallons of Ben’s Chili Bowl Beef Chili on October 9, 2011 in six minutes at the Taste of DC.

Others also lay claim sweet treat-eating records. Among them is Canadian competitive eater Peter Czerwinski, who claims to hold the record for eating the most full-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups without drinking any water. He accomplished this feat in just under three minutes. According to a video on his YouTube channel, Czerwinski was able to consume five full-sized Milky Way candy bars in less than four minutes, again without drinking any water.

Naader Reda, another competitive eater from Canada, hosts a video on his YouTube channel showing him consuming five Milky Way Midnight Chocolate Bars without drinking any water, also in less than four minutes.

Female competitive eating holder Miki Sudo claims to have eaten the most Milky Way Midnight Chocolate Bars in less than four minutes, but she did it with four snakes wrapped around her neck. Sudo became Pho 87’s first official winner when she consumed a 10-pound “Phozilla” on December 4, 2011. Sudo also won the Village Pub Rib Championship in August 2012 when she consumed an impressive 35 pounds of ribs in five minutes.

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Rachael Monaco is a freelance writer covering not only all things about Buffalo and Western New York, but also around the country. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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