Halloween on Franklin Street: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019

Post Date:10/25/2019 9:00 AM

Chapel Hillians will, again, parade their costumes on Franklin Street for Halloween next week and safety is the number one goal for everyone involved.

"Halloween on Franklin Street is a local tradition that puts the creativity of our community on full display," said Chapel Hill Town Manager Maurice Jones. "Our goal is for everyone to have a wonderful evening together in our Downtown and to return safely home at the end of the night."

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. and the streets will reopen to normal traffic at 10:30 p.m.

Alcohol is not allowed on the closed streets and alcohol checkpoints will be in place with DWI enforcement on the perimeter of the event before, during, and after the event.

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
  • Franklin Street from Church Street to Raleigh Street
  • Columbia Street from Rosemary Street to Cameron Avenue
  • South Road from Columbia Street to Raleigh Street
  • Cameron Avenue from Columbia Street to Raleigh Street
  • Skipper Bowles Drive
  • Williamson Drive

Chapel Hill Transit and Safe Ride Buses
Chapel Hill Transit will adjust some routes and schedules in the evening of Thursday, 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 7:46 p.m.
  • CM Route—Last bus will leave Jones Ferry park and ride at 7:10 p.m.
  • D Route—Last bus will depart E. Franklin Street at Carolina Coffee Shop at 6:50 p.m. and will end at Sagebrook Apartments at 7:31 p.m.
  • F Route:
    • The last Route F toward Colony Woods will depart Old Fayetteville Road. at Pine Grove at 6:50 p.m. and will end at Colony Woods at 7:45 p.m.
    • The last Route F toward Pine Grove will depart Colony Woods Drive at Overland Drive. at 6:45 p.m. and will end at Pine Grove at 7:50 p.m.

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:
    • The last Route G toward Booker Creek will depart University Place at 7:02 p.m. and will end at Booker Creek Road Apartments at 7:47 p.m.
    • The last Route G toward University Place will depart Booker Creek at 6:53 p.m. and will arrive at University Place at 7:43 p.m.
  • J Route:
    • The last Route J toward Rock Creek Apartments will depart Jones Ferry Road at Davie Road at 7:32 p.m. and will end at Rock Creek Apartments at 7:56 p.m.
    • The last Route J toward Collins Crossing will depart Rock Haven Road at Rock Creek West at 7:30 and will end at Collins Crossing at 8:02 p.m.
  • NS Route—Last buses will depart the Eubanks Park and Ride at 7:40 p.m., and from the Southern Village Park and Ride at 7:45 p.m.
  • NU Route—Last bus will depart South Road at Student Stores at 7:20 p.m. and will go out of service at the RR Lot at 7:44 p.m.
  • EZ Rider service will end at 7:30 p.m.

Safe Ride buses will operate after Franklin Street is reopened. 

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

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.

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


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.

Special Event Rate parking of $20 will be in effect starting at 5 p.m. at Wallace Parking Deck, Rosemary Deck, Rosemary/ Columbia Lot, and 140 West Parking Deck. For parking information visit parkonthehill.com.

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

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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