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New Glasgow Farmers Market costume ball feature local foods, beverages


New Glasgow Farmers Market is opening its doors to guests with a darker side.  

For the first time, the market will be hosting a haunted costume ball on the eve of Oct. 28. The market will be transformed into a spooky venue that will be taken over by ghouls, ghosts and goblins treated to brews from local businesses and finger foods from the Smoke and Stein food truck.

“Not real fingers,” joked Kristi Russell, manager of the New Glasgow Farmers Market.

Spooktacular music will be by MarigoldThe Leah & Kyle Collective, and Mike & The MacPhersons.

Local distilleries will bring their "spirits" and they will have craft brews and ciders. 

Costumes are mandatory for entrance (and no, your hunting outfit doesn't count). Prizes for the top three costumes will be awarded. Prize packs by Nova Scotia Spirit Co.Steinhart DistillerySober Island Brewing Company and Uncle Leo's Brewery.

Tickets are $40, and include local "finger" foods, a complimentary drink, live music and a ride home from CHAD Transit.

The market’s harvest festival will take place earlier in the day for families looking for fun Halloween activities. There will be a costume parade led by the town crier and wagon rides.

Russell said about 70 per cent of the tickets to the event are sold so people shouldn’t wait much longer to purchase them. This is the second major fundraiser for the farmers market this year with the Dinner by the River this summer raising about $3,000 for the non-profit group.

“We use a lot of the money we raise for projects,” she said. “Last year we bought heaters for the dome, a new floor for the dome kitchen and new appliances for it. Painting needs to be done and some electrical needs to be updated.”

It has been a busy year for the market, she said, and a great bumper season.

“We are still getting lots of people through and lots of fresh produce coming in.”

The market will remain open until Dec. 16 and is currently accepting applications for new vendors for the upcoming holiday season. It will also be hosting some evening markets from 4 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 29 and Dec. 13.

The market will reopen on Jan. 13, 2018, for the Chill Out.

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