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What to BOO & SCARE Downtown This Week! 10/27/11

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What Are You Going To Be For Halloween? Halloween on Franklin Street 

In Chapel Hill this question has no age limit! Don't know what to be yet?  Time After Time Vintage Thrift and the Clothing Warehouse are great stops for those that are still undecided - walk in, ask for suggestions and store staff will help you pull together a winning costume. Don't forget the UNC fan gear shops -- these shops have tons of unique accessories that can go with any costume (think jewelry, hats, gloves). Studio Supply has every kind of arts & crafts supply you would need for your costume. Walgreens has those final touches like makeup, hair accessories, rope, and tape (what good costume doesn't involve rope & tape? NONE!). And Light Years Jewelry has scarves, sunglasses, and costume jewelry to complete an ensemble. 


For more costume suggestions and insider tips on how to celebrate on Franklin Street - check out our blog.

Homegrown Halloween Celebration Information
The Town of  Chapel Hill and the downtown community are committed to focusing on the safety of all downtown on this night. There are restrictions in place with regards to parking, alcohol sales, and access; so if you plan to celebrate on Franklin Street - please read the Town's website for complete details.  Enjoy the celebration, but please take care of each other!
Downtown This Week...
FRANK Hosts Artists Guild Reception
Guru India Restaurant Weekend Celebration
Hallo-Weekend Events at Kildare's
3rd Annual Eve Ball
Scare-olina Skies at the Planetarium
East End Oyster & Martini Bar Menu
No Tricks Only Treats at Chocolate Door
Psychic Readings at Butternut Squash
Carolina Homecoming Weekend
Spooky Tour at Ackland
The Parchman Hour at Playmakers
Quick & Cute Costume Hats at GLEE KIDS
Daily Specials at The Lodge Bar & Grill
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FRANK Hosts Opening Reception for Artists Guild 

On Thursday, October 27 from 6PM to 8PM, you'll have the opportunity to meet some of the artists who are featured on the annual open studio tour as well as see examples of their work on display. For information on the tour and a map, visit  Coming soon to FRANK: 3@FRANK, a celebration of an artful holiday season with works on paper, intimate objects & grand gestures. Opening reception is Friday, November 11 from 6PM to 9PM. Visit  Like us on Facebook


Guru India Restaurant Celebrates with Discounts 

In honor of two holidays - Diwali and Halloween - Guru India Restaurant is offering 20% off the Lunch Menu, and 50% off the Dinner Menu now until Monday, October 31. Recently opening at 508 West Franklin Street - Guru India features an extensive lunch buffet, as well as something for everyone with daily lunch and house specials; vegetarian, seafood, goat, chicken and lamb dishes; and several delicious desserts! Visit Like us on Facebook  



All are invited to Pipe Screams at University United Methodist Church (150 E. Franklin Street) on Friday, October 28, at 7:30PM for this fun Halloween concert of organ playing, singing, and spooky shenanigans. Fun for kids of all ages. Costumes are optional but encouraged. An offering will be taken to support Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. Visit  


Hallo-Weekend at Kildare's Irish Pub 

Kildare's is hosting a weekend full of ghoulish fun - purchase a Kildare's Hallo-Weekend Pass for $15 and you can enjoy it all. Friday, October 28 at 10PM: Ghost and Ghouls Party, no cover with costume. Saturday, October 29 at 9PM: Dress up in your finest Halloween attire and you may walk away $500 richer! Also featuring a DJ dance party with DJ Mat. Sunday, October 30: Monster Mash Trivia at 8PM, and all day NFL Sunday Ticket on 18 screens. Monday, October 31:Kildare's signature Halloween Party! Kildare's offers free valet parking from 5PM to 10PM, Thursday through Saturday.  Visit  Like us on Facebook

Third Annual Eve Ball at Franklin Hotel 
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Chapel Hill's premier costume party will be held on Friday, October 28 from 8PM to midnight at the Franklin Hotel. Proceeds from the event go directly to the Eve Carson Scholarship Fund, to date the Eve Ball has raised $26,000. Lori Burgwyn, owner of Franklin Street Yoga Center and UNC Alum, created the Eve Ball to commemorate Eve Carson, a remarkable young woman who had been a student at Franklin Street Yoga. Advance tickets $20, Door $30. Anyone not in costume -$60 per ticket. 21+ with a cash bar, a costume contest with cash prizes at 10PM Visit Like us on Facebook


Scare-olina Skies: Madness and Mayhem in the Night Sky 
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Chapel Hill's newest Halloween tradition is this unique version of the "Carolina Skies" planetarium show. Explore the dark legends behind the constellations on Saturday, October 29 at 7PM and 8:30PM.  This version is appropriate for adults and older teens. Back by popular demand, Morehead's milder version of its annual "Scare-olina Skies" planetarium show is a perfect choice for families with elementary school-age children on Sunday, October 30 at 3:30PM. This version is appropriate for ages 5 and older. Regular ticket prices apply for these shows. Visit Like us on Facebook  

East End Oyster & Martini Bar Features New Menu 

The East End's seasonal menu is changing - enjoy the jumbo lump crab cakes that are only available for a little while longer! Made with only two ounces of breadcrumbs per two pounds of crab meat  with a special blend of veggies, herbs and seasonings - East End serves it on the day it's picked! Oyster season starts mid-November and the menu will feature oysters on the half-shell served raw or char-grilled (a rare delight around here), a variety of baked oysters, fried oysters, and other specialties.  Kitchen hours are Tues - Sun 4PM to 11PM; Bar open til 2AM. Visit Like us on Facebook


No Tricks, Only Treats at The Chocolate Door 
With Halloween just around the corner, stop by the Chocolate Door for pumpkin truffles, pumpkin marshmallows , and delicious hot drinking chocolate. Get a mocha spoon to stir in or a chili truffle to make it spicy. And  don't forget their fall-themed cookies galore! These are the kind of treats we want for Halloween. Located at 516 West Franklin Street. 

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What Does Your Future Look Like? 
Butternut Squash Restaurant can help you find out what lies ahead for you - celebrate Halloween by having a psychic reading done on Saturday, October 29 between 11:30AM and 2PM! Stop in for a reading and stay for lunch! Butternut Squash is passionate about vegetarian food - offering wholesome, nutritional, high quality food in a friendly environment; sourcing ingredients from local organic farmers. Visit Like us on Facebook 
Go HEELS! Carolina Homecoming Weekend 
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The Tar Heels take on Wake Forest on Saturday, October 29 at 3:30PM. Football game days bring excitement and activity to downtown that everyone enjoys- even if you don't have tickets to the game!  Tar Heel Town brings fun for the whole family and stop by one of downtown's UNC Fan Gear shops! For information on Tar Heel Express, where to tailgate downtown, or FREE Valet Parking visit  For information on Carolina Football schedules and ticket information visit   

Carolina Homecoming: IT'S GOOD...To Come Home

UNC's Homecoming celebrations begin Friday, October 28 with an Alumni Milestone Mixer at the Back Bar of Top of the Hill. On Saturday, October 29 enjoy a Bell Tower Tailgate before cheering on the Heels during Saturday's football game against Wake Forest. After the game, celebrate a Carolina victory during our Post-Game Party at The Carolina Inn. UNC Homecoming now features a mobile app full of information. For details about all the weekend's activities visit  Like us on Facebook 


FREE 'Go Heels' & 'Welcome Wake Forest' Signs 

Business Class Inc., a Chapel Hill business that provides resources for managers and business owners, has created ready-to-go signs that you can easily print and hang in your business or hold up during the game! Business Class, Inc. makes these signs available for all Carolina home football games - for FREE! Visit    

Spooky Tour at Ackland Art Museum 

Halloween is almost here, and the Ackland is turning to all things creepy and bone-chilling. But what makes something really spooky? Can a work of art be spooky? Designed for 6- to 10-year-olds and their families, The Spooky Tour is a fun guided look at art in the Museum that some may consider spooky! Join the creepy crawl on Sunday October 30 at 1PM and 2PM. Free and open to the public, but RSVP required: 962.3342.  Visit Like us on Facebook  


'The Parchman Hour' at Playmakers 

In the fiery first months of America's civil rights movement, waves of young people rode buses into the heart of the Deep South. Many were brutally attacked, arrested and imprisoned in Mississippi's notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary, where they invented an ingenious pastime to help them endure, a live variety show inspired by programs then popular on radio and television. Jokes, stories, singing and Bible readings sprang from every cell and became known as "The Parchman Hour."  Running now until November 13. Tickets range from $10-45.  Visit or call (919) 962-PLAY. Like us on Facebook

Lions, Dogs, and Penguins, Oh My! 
GLEE KIDS has fabulous fun hats for kids - a cute and quick costume idea that also will keep them warm for trick or treating! Fleece on the inside with lots of coziness for their ears - these hats will be a hit for the whole winter season. Choose from owls, frogs, moose, pandas, and sock monkeys too. Located in University Square or visit Like us on Facebook     
Daily Specials at The Lodge Bar & Grill The Lodge Logo
With affordable prices, delicious food and excellent service, The Lodge Bar & Grill has something for everyone. Daily drink specials make it light on a college student's wallet, the outdoor patio and friendly service make The Lodge the perfect place to bring the family. And numerous HDTV's make The Lodge an ideal spot to come and cheer on the Tar Heels. Visit Like us on Facebook 
Sunday: $2 Budweiser drafts, $5 Bloody Marys
Monday: $2.50 Domestic drafts, $3 Carolina Kamikaze
Tuesday: 1/2 off & late night with DJ Mat
Wednesday: Local Brews $3, Bear Fights $10 (The Lodge Signature Drink); Get Schooled Trivia featuring over 100 different prizes for the winners!
Thursday: $5 Bombs, $4 LIT's, $2.50 Miller Lite bottles
Friday: $3 Sweetwater drafts, $4 Absolute drinks, $4 Snake Bites
Saturday: $2.50 BL/Bud bottles


Save the Date for RSVVP: Tues, November 8 

It's not JUST election day -- mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 8 and enjoy breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at a PARTICIPATING restaurant in our community and 10% of your tab will be donated to the Inter-Faith Council's hunger-relief programs; the Community Kitchen and the Emergency Food Pantry. RSVVP Day (Restaurants Sharing V/5 & V/5 Percent) is an annual event that is fun and easy for all to participate in. For complete listing of participating restaurants go to 


One Stop, Early Voting Downtown 
There is nothing like the pride of wearing an "I VOTED" sticker! With an early voting location in downtown Chapel Hill- it's a great excuse to take a break from your day and enjoy a beautiful autumn walk over to University Square and do your civic duty. For complete voting information contact the Orange County Board of Elections at 919-245-2350 or visit    


Early Voting at University Square, 123 W. Franklin Street, Suite 133-G - backside of building:
Monday - Friday, October 24 - October 28 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 29 - 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday, October 31 - November 4 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Bring your "I Voted" sticker to Sugarland Bakery and get a free cupcake!

West End ValetFree Valet Parking Downtown
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking Monday - Saturday at one of 19 participating downtown businesses.  Patrons enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for $5.00. For details click here!
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership leads and manages the downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promotions; improving the visual appeal of downtown; and rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses. Contact us at 967-9440 or
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