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What To Boo & Scare Downtown This Week!


Scare-olina Skies at Morehead Planetarium

Friday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m.

Carolina Skies: Scare-olina Skies edition is a Halloween-themed version of Morehead's classic star show. Learn about stars, constellations and celestial events through legends from ancient cultures, featuring monsters, mayhem and madness! (More info)

Price: Adults | $7.68
Children, students and senior citizens | $6.51

Friday showing for Adults/Teens
Sunday showing for Families

Kids Activity: Design Your Own Downtown!

Monday, Oct. 30 
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate October as National Community Planning Month by designing your own downtown! 

A special town planning activity for families will take place outdoors at the plaza at 140 W. Franklin Street.

The activity builds on the Planning Department’s successful Planning-in the-Classroom event held last year, and is particularly fun for kids ages 8-12.  (More info) Price: Free

Dinner & A Movie at Varsity Theater

Monday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m.

#MeetDowntown and enjoy FREE pizza and a FREE movie at The Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street. Love Chapel Hill invites you to come and bring food donations for Table, helping feed local hungry kids. (See a list of needed items at (More info)

Pizza will be available at 5:30 and the movie, Monster's Inc., begins at 6.

Improv at the Varsity: Lucas Knows Best!

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

This week Improv at the Varsity starts at 7pm!
A comedy panel show like no other!
(More info) Price: $5

Witches Night Out at Uniquities

Tuesday, Oct. 31
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

There will be lots of candy, light bites, spirits and we will be offering 10% off all purchases for those who are in costume or bring their kids or pets in costume. (More info)
Only 5 spots remain! (More info)
Enjoy our fare-free bus system. Visit and download the Park Mobile app to pay for parking by smartphone.

Homegrown Halloween

Homegrown Halloween on Franklin Street is a local community gathering with enjoyable and safer crowd sizes. Enjoy the celebration and take care of each other. For complete details about Homegrown Halloween, visit:
Celebrate a Tarheel Halloween at Johnny T-Shirt

The Baxter's 3rd Anniversary:
Monster Ball

Saturday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m. 

The Baxter turns 3 years old this October and is throwing it's big annual Monster Ball to celebrate! Dress as your favorite monster in your swaggest attire or costume to celebrate all things spooky and three years in Chapel Hill! 
(More info)

Hot Releases 9th Anniversary Showcase at Nightlight

Friday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

Celebrate 9 years of genre-bending music organized by Ryan Martin and Hot Releases. "Martin has slowly expanded the initially noise-focused label to include releases charting the porous boundaries of drone, sludge rock, experimental pop, coldwave, psych-folk, and a slew of other atypical zones." via Indy Week
(More info) Price: $15/$20

Ackland Film Forum: The Lure at Varsity Theater

Monday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters, who share a dream of swimming to America, are adopted by a musical family running a cabaret. While one of these sirens, “Silver,” seeks love and romance among humans, the other, “Golden,” has more bloodthirsty thoughts for the population of the city. (More info) 
Price: $4 for public/free with OneCard

Homecoming at Julian's

Julian's invites you to join them for UNC Homecoming Weekend to introduce Scabal’s Made-to-Measure program to their store, as well as host a Raleigh Denim Trunk Show. Julian's will be celebrating their 75th Anniversary, so refreshments will be served!  For appointments with company representatives, please email: (More info) 

Holiday Bookings at Carolina Brewery

Book your private events with Carolina Brewery.
Their restaurants in Pittsboro and Chapel Hill are filling up calendars for private parties. Let them take the planning off your plate, explore diverse menu offerings, and make it easy this holiday season.

Prohibition Night Swing Dance at The Strowd

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. 

Haunted by your Halloween? Post-dress-up blues got you down? Join us for a night of fun, revelry, and a continuation of the festivities! (Or, feel free to leave the skeletons of Halloween in your closet at home - whatever you prefer!)

Come on out to Prohibition Night at The Strowd for a swing dance lesson and 2 hours of live music and dancing, courtesy of the Blue House Quintet! (More info) Price: $5 
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