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What to BOO & SCARE Downtown This Week!

What to BOO & SCARE Downtown this Week!
What to Boo & Scare Downtown This Week!
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Parking is always FREE on Sundays in downtown! 
Homegrown Halloween Info for Downtown
Have Fun! Be safe! That's the message of Homegrown Halloween this year. A shared effort among the Town, University and downtown businesses, Homegrown Halloween aims to keep Halloween on Franklin Street a community gathering with enjoyable and safer crowd sizes. Enjoy the celebration, but please take care of each other! 
Public Art and Advocacy
Thursday, October 23 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: FRANK Gallery hosts a panel discussion about the role of public art, and advocacy in fostering engaged, inclusive communities. Program presented as part of the Click! Triangle Photography Festival, /  
Zogtoberfest at Zog's 
Events every night in October. Live music, parties, potlucks, beer tastings, crafting, scary story open mic nights, pumpkin carving, spooky movies, and more!
Gorgeous autum colors have come to McCorkle Place on UNC's campus. A great spot for a fall picnic!
Dog Costume Contest 
Sunday, October 26 from 4 pm to 7 pm: Dress up your darling dog in some Halloween finest and compete for great prizes! Prizes include gift certificates to Al's Burger Shack! A panel of judges will decide the winner. 
Free Showing: Forward 13
Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 pm: Varsity Theatre hosts filmmaker Patrick Lovell and a FREE showing of his film. Lovell's film explores the collapse of America's middle class, the increase of global monopolies, and how we can reboot the American dream.  / 
Free Haunted House
Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Located at the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity House at 303 East Franklin Street; this 3rd annual event offers two age appropriate paths. Spooky - for ages 5 and up; or Terrifying - for ages 9 and up.  
NOW OPEN: Baxter Arcade
Opening on Friday, October 24; Baxter Arcade is located at 108 N. Graham Street. Old school gamers will enjoy Mortal Combat II, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac Man along with 40 different arcade machines! Baxter Arcade also offers a bar with a great selection of beers and cocktails. So, get gaming!  / Facebook 
Little Shop of Horrors Performances
October 24, 25, 26, various times: Performed by Company Carolina, a student-run theater group; Little Shop of Horrors follows Seymour, a young orphan down on his luck whose love for plants is matched only by his love for his coworker Audrey. When Seymour finds a very strange and mysterious plant one day, his life and the lives of everyone around him are changed forever. To purchase tickets for this performance, please contact the Memorial Hall Box Office at (919) 843-3333. 
Spooky ReCYCLEry Cruise
Friday, October 24 at 7:30 pm: Decorate your bike, create a festive costume, and join others for a festive cruise around town complete with music provided by the cruisekeeper. Gather at the Recyclery 7:30ish. Reconvene at Beer Study after the ride.  / 
Pickin' and Prancin' on the Plaza

Friday, October 24 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Fancy an evening of bluegrass pickin' with Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims, live on the 140 West Plaza. Between the bluegrass sets all will be entertained by live flower dancing and prancin'. If you don't know what that means -- then you  MUST come out to see it! 
Voices From the Grave Tour
While this Tar Heel town boasts plenty of famous basketball players and politicians, some of Chapel Hill's most interesting residents now lie six feet under. Explore Chapel Hill's history and learn about the lives of those who once-were during Preservation Chapel Hill's Voices from the Grave: Haunted Cemetery Tour at the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. Tours start at 7 pm on October 24 and 25, running every 15mns. Flashlight and walking shoes recommended. Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations are required. Call (919) 942-7818. 
Scare-olina Skies at Planetarium
Explore the dark legends behind the constellations in this Halloween version of the "Carolina Skies" on October 25, 26, and 30. There are versions of the show appropriate for adults/teens and a family friendly edition - check the listings on the site for details.  Regular ticket prices apply for both versions.  
Hometown Pride from Johnny T-shirt

We are loving these new tees from Johnny T-shirt that celebrate love for Chapel Hill and Franklin Street! Shop online now at or stop by the store at 128 East Franklin Street. 
What Will You Be For Halloween?  

In Chapel Hill this question has no age limit! Don't know what to be yet? We have some shopping suggestions to help you:

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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or