Homegrown Halloween 8-10:30 p.m.

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News Announcements
Frequently Asked Questions
Street Closures
Prohibited Items
Downtown Residents

Chapel Hill manages Homegrown Halloween on Franklin Street to keep it small, safe -- and with a local emphasis.

Costumes and creativity showcase the best of this spontaneous crowd gathering that occurs each year on Franklin Street. Extremely large crowd sizes in years past have required public safety strategies. On this night – Monday, October 31, we restrict traffic into downtown, employ just less than 200 public safety officers, and establish alcohol checkpoints.

The Town of Chapel Hill observes Halloween only on Oct. 31, and does not deviate from the celebration date, no matter what day of the week it falls.

Hear from our community partners as they answer Frequently Asked Questions: https://vimeo.com/album/3620187

  1. What is Homegrown Halloween on Franklin Street?

  2. What’s so scary about Halloween in Chapel Hill?  

  3. What are the Top Three public safety goals for Halloween in Chapel Hill?

  4. How do you get to downtown Chapel Hill on Halloween?

Thank you for supporting our public safety goals.

News Announcements

Chapel Hill Plans for Monday Halloween on Franklin Street (Oct. 14, 2016)

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Street Closures

Beginning at 8 p.m., the below downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic:

  • East Franklin Street, from Raleigh Street to Columbia Street.
  • East Cameron Avenue, from Raleigh Street to South Columbia Street.
  • Henderson Street, from East Rosemary Street to East Franklin Street.

Residential streets near downtown will be closed at 5 p.m. except to residents of those streets and their guests.

Entry to the closed portions of East Franklin Street will be limited to the following locations:

  • Any alley located on the north or south side of the 100 block of E. Franklin St.
  • Henderson Street.
  • Raleigh Street via E. Franklin Street on the north side of Franklin Street.
  • McCorkle Place and Raleigh Street via E. Franklin St.

Visitors are encouraged to approach the event via Rosemary Street or Cameron Avenue. Officers and other event staff will be on hand to guide visitor’s to the entry points.


There will be LIMITED PARKING available in Town lots close to downtown; there will be no place for charter buses to drop off or pick up passengers.

Vehicles parked on streets to be closed will be towed beginning at 6 p.m.

Vehicles that are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed, with a minimum recovery cost of $140 plus the cost of the ticket.

Media vehicles will not be allowed to park inside the closed perimeter.

For the latest UNC public safety information on Halloween (street closures and parking restrictions) visit www.move.unc.edu/events/halloween

Prohibited Items

Town ordinances and State statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Weapons
  • Glass Bottles
  • Paint
  • Fireworks and Explosives
  • Flammable Substances
  • Animals
  • Coolers

Items, even as part of a costume, which can be used as weapons or could reasonably be mistaken as weapons will be confiscated. This includes items made of wood, metal, cardboard or hard plastic.


Details are being finalized for Chapel Hill Transit. Please check back closer to Halloween. Safe Rides will operate.

Questions: Please contact a CHT customer service representative at 919-969-4900 (press 1) or email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org.

Downtown Residents 

The Town of Chapel Hill will make every effort to keep people who are attending the event from parking in your neighborhood. Access to your neighborhood will be limited by barricades and police personnel at the roads leading into your neighborhood. This will begin early in the evening.

  • Residents of the neighborhood will be able to drive in and out of the enclosed area. Tell the officer at the barricade where you live.
  • Your guests will also be able to enter and leave. They will need to tell the officer at the barricade exactly where they are going.
  • Illegally parked vehicles (even of residents, guests) will be ticketed and towed.
  • Traffic will be congested and getting past the barricades may be a slow process. We recommend that you plan accordingly.


Crowd Sizes Event Management Costs
2010 35,000 $191,031
2011 27,000 $183,456
2012 22,000 $175,085
2013 30,000 $188,310
2014 32,000
2015 40,000




The event management costs for 2016 have not yet been calculated.

Halloween EMS Calls 

People seen for
alcohol related issues
Transported to UNC
for further treatment
2010 6 5
2011 7 3
2012 4 2
2013 15 7
2014 79* 29*
2015 10 0
2016 3



*These numbers include reports for the closed-off portion of Franklin Street AND the surrounding areas during the Homegrown Halloween event. 



Halloween Media Parking and Event Update Schedule

Media parking for this year’s Halloween event will once again be provided at the Morehead Planetarium. Media vehicles utilizing this staging area should plan to be in place no later than 8 p.m. Vehicles will not be permitted to enter these staging areas after the streets are closed.

Chapel Hill Police Department PIO Lt. Josh Mecimore will give Halloween event updates. 


Information: Police Officer Phil Smith at 919-968-2864 or psmith@townofchapelhill.org, Lt. Joshua Mecimore at 919-968-2747 or jmecimore@townofchapelhill.org or Communications Manager Catherine Lazorko at 919-969-5055 or clazorko@townofchapelhill.org.

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