Halloween on Franklin Street: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

Post Date:10/19/2018 11:05 AM

The Town of Chapel Hill is finalizing preparations for what is anticipated to be a large crowd on Franklin Street for Halloween. The focus of much of the prep is on the protection of people and property prior to, during and after the event.

“Our Town staff are preparing diligently, with the goal of offering a welcoming and safe environment for everyone who visits downtown Chapel Hill on Halloween,” said Town Manager Maurice Jones. “This annual tradition would not be possible without the cooperation of our neighboring partners and the merchants in downtown. We are looking forward to a festive and safe evening.”

Medical treatment calls
for alcohol-related issues
   have reached upwards of 80.  

Due to expected crowd sizes, Town officials will close the street to regular traffic at 8 p.m.—or as crowd size dictates. Streets will reopen to normal traffic at 10:30 p.m.

One major safety concern relates to the over consumption of alcohol. Alcohol checkpoints will be in place, and DWI enforcement on the perimeter of the event will be in place.

Prohibited Items

  • Unlicensed drones (for more information, visit townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/11648/663);
  •  171031_Halloween_30-call_out

    No matter how fake they look, costume
    pieces that look like weapons will be
    confiscated and not returned.

  • Costume accessories that look like weapons;
  • Weapons;
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Glass bottles;
  • Paint;
  • Fireworks and explosives;
  • Flammable substances;
  • Animals; and
  • Coolers.

Getting Around

Chapel Hill Transit & Safe Ride Buses Parking

Street closures will be announced soon.

Chapel Hill Transit and Safe Ride Buses
Chapel Hill Transit will adjust some routes and schedules in the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 31, to accommodate the Halloween on Franklin Street. The following schedule modifications will be in effect:

Halloween on Franklin Street is
no place for your pet.
Please leave them
at home, securely indoors.

  • CW Route—Last bus will leave Pittsboro Street Credit Union at 7:10 p.m.
  • CM Route—Last bus will leave Jones Ferry park and ride at 7:50 p.m.
  • D Route will end at 7:31 p.m. Sagebrook Apartments
  • F Route will end at 7:45 p.m. Colony Woods and 7:38 p.m. Pine Grove
  • Due to road closures and
    traffic pattern changes,
    Chapel Hill Transit may be
    unable to operate all
    published schedules.
    The delays will also impact
    Next­Bus predictions.

    G Route will end at 7:47 p.m. Booker Creek and 7:43 p.m. University Place
  • J Route will end at 7:56 p.m. Rock Creek Apartments and 8:02 p.m. Collins Crossing
  • NS Route—Last bus will leave Eubanks park and ride at 7:40 p.m. and from Southern Village park and ride 7:45 p.m.
  • NU Route will end at 7:44 p.m. RR Lot
  • EZ Rider service will end at 7:30 p.m.

Safe Ride buses will not operate and there will be no bus shuttles operating from park and ride lots to Halloween on Franklin Street.  

There will be no bus shuttles operating from park and ride lots to Halloween on Franklin Street.


No charter buses downtown.

No parking in downtown
neighborhoods for non-residents
and their visitors.

There will be limited parking in downtown. 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.

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

Media parking will be provided at the Morehead Planetarium. Media vehicles should plan to be in place no later than 7:45 p.m. All media vehicles should be properly marked on the exterior of the vehicle. If a member of the media is driving an unmarked vehicle, proper identification—with contact information—should be displayed on the front dashboard. Unmarked vehicles without proper identification will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

Media with questions can contact Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist, at rnortham@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-4878.

Information: Community Safety Communications Specialist Ran Northam at rnortham@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-4878 or Communications Manager Catherine Lazorko at clazorko@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5055.


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