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Halloween Info for Downtown Community


Halloween is Saturday, October 31, 2015

Have Fun! Be safe! Over the last several years Homegrown Halloween has smartly become a more controlled, safer, and yet still enjoyable evening for all; thanks to the efforts of the Town, University and downtown businesses.  

Homegrown Halloween aims to keep the event safer and local, with Franklin Street closing from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in anticipation of crowds. Please note, Daylight Savings Time will occur on Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m. 

Details about for Halloween in Downtown Chapel Hill at:  


For questions, contact: 

 Thank you to the Chapel Hill Police Department, and the many other town departments
and community organizations, who make extraordinary efforts to maintain a safe environment in Chapel Hill for Halloween visitors, merchants, and everyone in our community!  
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Safety Measures:

No alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the closed area of the streets. 


Alcoholic beverages cannot be served at sidewalk dining locations on East Franklin Street once this area is closed. This restriction is authorized by a Town ordinance making it unlawful to possess alcoholic beverages on streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and alleys within an area closed for a special event.  

Please restrict alcohol servings to paper or plastic cups if possible, and all bulk sales to cans to keep glass out of the area.

Add'l Measures:
Town staff and downtown merchants have partnered to develop strategies for keeping the night safer and local.These strategies have been successfully employed for a number of years and have contributed to the enhanced safety during Halloween.

Restaurants and bars have been encouraged to close their doors at 1 a.m. to new patrons and many will charge a cover charge to patrons not attending a private event. In addition, downtown convenience stores that sell alcohol are asked to either close their doors or stop selling alcohol at 1 a.m. 
Transit & Safe Ride:
Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will end service early on the NU and EZ Rider routes to accommodate the Halloween celebration on Franklin Street.

All other routes will operate on regular routes and published schedules, although minor delays may occur due to increased traffic. 
Downtown Street Closures:
Beginning at about 8:30 p.m., some downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, including:
  • Franklin Street, from Raleigh Street to Mallette Street
  • Columbia Street, from Rosemary Street to Cameron Avenue
  • Raleigh Street, from East Franklin to Cameron Avenue
  • Henderson Street, from East Rosemary Street to East Franklin Street
Residential streets near downtown will be closed except to residents of those streets and their guests.

Traffic will also be greatly restricted on the roads leading into downtown. This is especially important for you to convey to your staff; they will need extra time to get to work that evening. 

Building and Property Info: 

If your establishment has an awning, removable signs, or outdoor seating; consider removing or securing them in order to keep them from being damaged.  


Please make sure all exterior property lights are operating - replace bulbs if needed! Keeping all areas of downtown well lit helps with safety for everyone. 


If applicable, ensure that interior and exterior rooftop doors are secure to keep people off the roof of your building.   

Downtown Parking Info: 
Downtown parking lots and deck will be open; and some may charge special event rates. However, the parking lots and deck near East Franklin Street may have limited access due to road closures.

Parking meter stations on the 100 blocks of East Franklin Street, West Franklin, Henderson and North Columbia Streets will be bagged for 'No Parking' starting at 3:30 pm. 

Vehicles parked on the 100 blocks of East Franklin, West Franklin, Henderson and North Columbia Streets will be towed starting at 6:00 pm, with a minimum recovery of $105 plus the cost of the ticket.  

Please discourage employees and customers from parking in the alleys off of Franklin Street.  Once the streets close, vehicles parked in South Alley (Porthole Alley) behind the Carolina Coffee Shop will not have access to Franklin Street.

There will also be no parking by non-residents in the neighborhoods adjacent to downtown. Access to neighborhoods will be limited by barricades and police personnel at the roads leading into them. This will begin early in the evening. 

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