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Halloween Event Info for Businesses & Property Owners

Halloween Event Information for Downtown Businesses & Property Owners

Halloween is Friday, October 31, 2014

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 9 p.m. to midnight in anticipation of crowds. Complete details about Town operations for this night can be found at:  Please note that logistics for Homegrown Halloween are consistent with previous years.


If you have any questions please 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 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 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.

Additional Measures:

Town staff and downtown merchants have again 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 am to new patrons
  • Businesses are encouraged to have a cover charge to patrons not attending a private event in their establishment. 
  • Retail stores and convenience stores that sell alcohol are asked to either close their doors or stop selling alcohol at 1 am.
Transit & Safe Ride:
Chapel Hill Transit will end service early on the D, F, J, NS and NU routes and EZ Rider on this evening. In addition there will be schedule modifications - to view them CLICK HERE.  Minor delays may occur due to increased traffic.

Safe Ride buses will operate from 11 pm to 2:30 am, along detoured routes; with the following stops:
* Safe T - pick up and drop off from Chapel Hill Town Hall
* Safe J - pick up and drop off from Passport Motors (Franklin Street at Graham Street)
* Safe G - pick up and drop off from Columbia Street at Sitterson Hall across from Carolina Inn
Emergency 911 Contact Info:

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 Info:

Parts of Franklin Street close 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 9 pm. 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 12 am; 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 


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.


Downtown Parking Information: 

Downtown lots will be open but there is no special event parking, no bus shuttles operating from park and ride lots, nor charter buses dropping off passengers in the downtown. 


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 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. 

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.   

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

  • Public Works: 919-969-5100 
  • Police: 911 for emergencies or 919-968-2760

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