3 top Halloween events to kick off this weekend in Belmont

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Since Halloween falls on a weekday this year, this coming weekend is the ideal time to celebrate the spooky occasion with family and friends. Venture just beyond Charlotte city limits to flourishing Belmont with these 3 top Halloween events to kick off the weekend.

BooFest in Stowe Park

When: Oct. 27, 3-6 p.m.

Where: BooFest in Stowe Park, 24 S. Main St., Belmont

Fun details: This annual event in historic downtown Belmont is alive with food and activity vendors, a pumpkin-carving contest, carnival rides, games, arts and crafts for children, a photo booth and more.

Don’t miss: The chance to dress up the kids. There’s a children’s costume contest involved!

Cost: Free.

Nightmare on Main Street

When: Oct. 27, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Main Street Belmont

This inaugural event in downtown Belmont is the continuation of BooFest in Stowe Park. The carnival rides will keep going in the park as Nightmare on Main Street pours adult beverages and live music by Java Band into the mix on Main Street. Join the adult costume contest at 8 p.m. for ages 21 and up, as well.

Don’t miss: The chance to dance the rest of the night away.

Cost: Free.

Día de los Muertos

When: Oct. 27-28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont

Fun details: In observance of the Latin American holiday Day of the Dead (traditionally celebrated Nov. 1), Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is hosting a family-friendly affair. Expect to see a festive altar de muertos dedicated to guests’ family and friends who have passed. To contribute to the vibe, guests can make paper marigolds to add to the altar. Other features include face painting, stilt walkers, crafts for children (like mask making), horse-drawn carriage rides ($6 per adult and $4 per child, cash only), and a Sugar Skull (Calavera) Workshop with Sproutycakes Bakery from 1:30-3 p.m. ($30 per person with advanced registration).

Don’t miss: Live music by Flamenco guitarist Vadim Kolpakov from 1-3 p.m., paired with craft brews from the new Beer Garden, plus food truck fare.

Cost: For non-Garden members, admission is $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors and $6.95 for children ages 2-12.

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