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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! 
Reception at FRANK
Thursday, October 30 from 6 pm to 8 pm: The Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour will hold a preview show reception at FRANK Gallery. Meet the artists, preview this year's tour stops, plan your weekend before the tour kicks off on Saturday, November 1st. 
Manila Luzon at Local 506
Thursday, October 30; Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm: Local 506 is hosting Manila Luzon (from Season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race), so come out and bask in the presence of her sickeningly fierce Queenliness while dancing the night away! They'll also have Durham's DJ Jermainia opening up the night. A portion of proceeds from this show will be donated to the LGBT Center of Durham and the
LGBT Center of Raleigh, so you'll be supporting a great cause be attending as well! For information and tickets visit
Lantern Will Be Open on Halloween This Year!Lantern will be open regular business hours on Halloween for the first time since 2003! Enjoy the full dinner menu from 5:30-10:00pm and then hit up Lantern bar or the garden patio for some late-night bites and potable potions until 2:00am. Show 'em your best costume... they'll be dressed up too! For reservations: 919.969.8846.
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!
DJ & Dancing at Vespa 
Friday, October 31, from 10 pm to 2 am: Join DJ NYT for dancing and a costume party at Vespa Restaurant. 21 and up. Prizes for best costumes, of course! 
Halloween Trivia at DSI 
Friday, October 31 at 7 pm: Which Team has the most (delicious) brains? Join DSI, foolish
mortals, for a night of ghoulish delights!This frighteningly fun quiz will test your team's knowledge of spirits and scary movies, music and monsters. There will be spooky prizes and an especially chilling tombstone for best costume. Sign up in advance.
Downtown Blood Drive
Tuesday, November 11 from 10 am to 2 pm: You don't have to be a vampire to care about blood! Investors Title Company's annual Fall Blood Drive has open slots available for blood donors; conveniently located at 121 N. Columbia Street. Sign up online now! Boxed lunches from The Root Cellar will be provided to all participants who register in advance. For more information contact Jennifer Jordan at 919-945-2593.

Homegrown Halloween Information
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 local community gathering with enjoyable and safer crowd sizes. Enjoy the celebration, but please take care of each other! For complete details about Homegrown Halloween,please visit: 
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:

Scare-olina Skies at Planetarium
Thursday, October 30 at 8 pm: Explore the dark legends behind the constellations in this Halloween version of the "Carolina Skies" on . This version of the show is appropriate for adults/teens.  Regular ticket prices apply for both versions.  
Thrill City Fall Line Release Party
Thursday, October 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm: Come and celebrate an evening of new autumn garments, free refreshments, and as always, plenty of good music and positive vibes. There will be older
items on sale, art from the wonderful Ann Tilley on display, and fresh new items to hold you down the next few months. Get 10% off at checkout on one item from the Fall Line if you remember to
say "ATLANTIC" at checkout. 
Spooktacular Halloween Event 
Friday, October 31 from 10 am to 5 pm: Eye Care Center, located at 140 West Franklin Street, is calling all ghouls for a costume contest! Your soul, ahem presence, is requested at a Spooktacular event and dressed in your finest ghoul attire. Facebook fans will vote on their
favorite child and adult costumes. Kids will each win a pair of Junior Oakleys and the adult winner gets $100 store credit! Like them on Facebook - and get your costume ready! 
1st Annual Homebrew Halloween
Friday, October 31 from 6 pm to 11 pm: Triangle homebrewers are spending Halloween raising money for cancer patients and their families and you're invited to a homebrew tasting! The doors will be open from 6 pm-8 pm after which entry will not be allowed. Costumes are not just recommended, they're required. The event will be held in the Sky Lounge (5th floor) of Greenbridge Condominiums at 601 W Rosemary St. Visit  for tickets and information.

Space suits on Franklin Street on Halloween? YES! Alien ray guns on Franklin Street for Halloween? NO! For a complete list of what you can and can't bring downtown on Halloween, visit:
Epic 80s Halloween Dance Party
Friday, October 31 from 10 pm to 2 am: Get ready for an epic night of the best 80s music at Talulla's, 456 W Franklin St, with DJ Nugz aka Nugzstradamus aka DJ Tres Quesos. From Planet Rock to Apache, take a journey to the best 80s boogie music ever made. Costume contest and drink specials. 
Carolina Inn's 90th Birthday Dinner
On Saturday, November 1, The Carolina Inn's 90th Birthday Dinner celebrates some of the restaurant's favorite dishes through the decades served on some of the historic hotel's famous chinaware manufactured by the Shenango China Company. The cost is $90 per person and includes a free commemorative 90th anniversary ornament per couple ($98 value). These one-of-a-kind ornaments are hand-painted on hand-blown glass and personally signed by Chapel Hill artist Elaine O'Neil. 
CHDP Logo 2011
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