Though I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween, living in Charlotte, I’ve grown to love the unique tradition of Almost Moonlight Madness. A Charlotte Chamber of Commerce sponsored event, there is something terribly entertaining about seeing a mob of costume clad characters march down Cochran Avenue. I think I’ve grown to appreciate anything that brings families together in celebration … Almost Moonlight Madness kind of sets the standard for participation.
There may not be a single event that draws as many families to downtown Charlotte.
The event has grown to include more than 1,000 children (of all ages) decked out in everything from creepy to cute costumes. Festivities begin with the parade lineup at Courthouse Square, which takes off at 6 p.m., heading south down Cochran Avenue. Once the parade is complete, most families stick around for the trick or treating. It can be tough to navigate and you better come prepared with a large helping of patience. But, in the end, it’s really great community fun.
Part of the fun is seeing some of the downtown businesses that really get in the Halloween spirit, dressing in costumes or creating unique experiences for the trick or treaters. There is still time to prepare your business for the onslaught of trick or treaters. Not all businesses put on a show, many business owners just hand out candy outside their front door. Nevertheless, they are involved, taking advantage of the opportunity to get to know so many people, even if the introductions are brief.
This year’s parade begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. at Courthouse Square.