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 – Saturday, October 31, we restrict traffic into downtown, employ about 300 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.
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- Southbound traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd will be merged into one lane between Estes Drive and Rosemary Street.
- Traffic on E. Franklin Street will be merged into one lane between Estes Drive and Raleigh Road.
- Westbound traffic on E. Franklin Street will be merged into one lane prior to the intersection of Estes Drive.
- Westbound lanes on South Road will be detoured onto Ridge Road to Manning Drive.
- Westbound traffic on Manning Drive will be detoured south onto S. Columbia Street. Northbound traffic on S. Columbia Street will be detoured east onto Manning Drive. S. Columbia Street will be closed to northbound traffic at Manning Drive.
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. View a map of street closures.
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 $105 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
Town ordinances and State statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Glass Bottles
- Fireworks and Explosives
- Flammable Substances
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.
Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will end service early on the NU and EZ Rider routes to accommodate the Halloween celebration on Franklin Street. The following schedule modifications will be in effect:
NU Route will end at 8:17 p.m. at RR Lot
EZ Rider service will end at 8:30 p.m.
All other routes will operate on regular routes and published schedules, although minor delays may occur due to increased traffic.
Safe Ride Buses: Safe Ride buses will operate from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. View schedules and maps of safe ride routes at www.townofchapelhill.org/saferides. Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students. Safe Ride buses will operate along detoured routes. Safe Rides will not serve the Downtown/Franklin Street area. Please be advised that due to road closures and traffic pattern changes, Chapel Hill Transit may be unable to operate its exact published schedules.
• 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
Questions: Please contact a CHT customer service representative at 919-969-4900 (press 1) or email email@example.com.
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|
The event management costs for 2015 have not yet been calculated.
Halloween EMS Calls
|People seen for
alcohol related issues
|Transported to UNC
for further treatment
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Lt. Joshua Mecimore at 919-968-2747 or email@example.com or Communications Manager Catherine Lazorko at 919-969-5055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.