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Halloween Information for Downtown Community

Halloween Information for Downtown Community

Halloween is Thursday, October 31st

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.   

Complete details about Town operations for Halloween night can be found at: 
Please note that logistics for Homegrown Halloween are consistent with previous years.


If you have any questions please contact: 

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Safety Measures Regarding Alcohol Restrictions

  • No alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the closed area of the streets.  
  • Alcoholic beverages cannot be served at sidewalk dining locations once East Franklin Street 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.

Additional Measures:

Working together for the last six years, the Police Department and downtown merchants have collaborated on additional safety measures for Halloween night:

  • Downtown restaurants and bars in the enclosed area will restrict new patrons after 1:00 AM 
  • Charge a minimum $5 cover charge to patrons not attending a private event in their establishment. 
  • Retail stores will restrict alcohol sales or close their doors at 1:00 AM.  

Emergency 911 Contact Information

In the event of an emergency, and the police or fire department need to contact a business/property owner, it is important to make sure that the Orange County Emergency Management (911 Emergency) has a current phone number for your business or property. 


Call (919) 732-5063 (24hr line) or 919-245-6100 (M-F/8AM to 5PM line) to update that information. 

Downtown Street Closing Information:

The street closes to vehicular traffic based on the safety of pedestrians and crowd sizes. The police estimate the time of closing the streets to traffic at approximately 9PM. No cars will be allowed in or out of the closed street area once that happens. The police will begin clearing the street of pedestrians at approximately 11:30PM; opening it back up to cars. 


Closed Street Area:

· Franklin Street, from Raleigh Street to Mallette Street
· Columbia Street, from Rosemary Street to Cameron Avenue 
· Raleigh Street, from East Franklin Street to Cameron Avenue
· Henderson Street, from East Rosemary Street to East Franklin Street 


Parking & Transit Information: 

There are no special event parking or bus shuttles operating from park and ride lots in to downtown. Charter buses will not be allowed to drop off passengers downtown.


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


Vehicles parked on the 100 block of East Franklin, West Franklin, Henderson and North Columbia Streets will be towed starting at 6:00PM, with a minimum recovery of $103.  


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.


Chapel Hill Transit will run its usual bus routes although some will be rerouted due to the traffic diversion plan.  For questions about Chapel Hill Transit bus routes: 919-969-4900 (press 1) or  

Building and Property Information 

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 possible, ensure that interior and exterior rooftop doors are secure to keep people off the roof.   


Please contact the Town of Chapel Hill to report post-Halloween related issues that require their prompt attention. They will answer calls on Friday, Nov. 1, at the following:

  • Public Works: 919-969-5100 
  • Police: 911 for emergencies or 919-968-2760
 Thank you to the Chapel Hill Police Department and the many other town departments 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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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