Hot spots

There's plenty of cool stuff happening away from center city. You just have to know where to look for it.


‘America The Beautiful'

7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. today. Ballantyne Village Theater, 14815 John J Delany Drive, Charlotte. $9.25-$12. 704-369-5101.

A special viewing of “America the Beautiful,” a documentary film that explores “America's unhealthy obsession with beauty.” The film covers topics such as plastic surgery, eating disorders, the fashion industry and cosmetics. A question-and-answer session with director/producer Darryl Roberts will follow the 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. showtimes.


Halloween Costume Party

8 p.m. today. Skinnyz Bar and Grille, 15060 Idlewild Road, Matthews. Free. 704-893-2157.


The Bill Miller Band will rock this annual event. There will be great drink specials as well as spooky-themed food and cocktails. Wear your best costume and it could win you $100. Categories include scariest, funniest and most unusual.


Endless Summer Quarterly's Celebration of Music

8:30 p.m. Saturday. Crave the Experience, 19930 W. Catawba Ave., #130, Cornelius. $25 general admission, VIP tickets available. esquarterly.com.

A cold snap may have come to the Carolinas, but sounds of summer live again this Saturday. Enjoy a listening party followed by a performance by former Beach Boy David Marks with Nelson Bragg of the Brian Wilson band, Chris English and DP2. A portion of proceeds will benefit Cornelius Animal Shelter.


The Haunted Mill

7 p.m. today and Saturday. The Haunted Mill, 6325 Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont. 704-829-6455. For prices, go to www.thehauntedmillnc.com.

This indoor event includes a huge haunted house filled to the rafters with monsters and other horrifying creatures. There are also nine holes of black-light mini-golf and games. There are no age restrictions.


Palisades Equestrian Center Grand Opening

Noon-4 p.m. 19104 Youngblood Road W. Free. 704-583-1111;


Come out for pony rides, jumping demonstrations and tours of the world-class complex.


Campground Massacre

6:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Campground Massacre, 940 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill. $19 per victim. 866-SLASHER. www.themassacre.com

One of the bloodiest haunted attractions in the area, this locally owned and operated scare zone will leave you with some serious goosebumps. Walk through three acres of woods haunted by frightening creatures and psycho killers. Take a tour of Mina's Mansion and see how the dead live. This haunted site is not recommended for children under 12.