Halloween on Franklin Street 8-10:30 p.m.

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News Announcements
Street Closures
Prohibited Items
Downtown Residents

(1:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 2019) The National Weather Service in Raleigh is forecasting unfavorable and possibly severe weather for Halloween in central N.C. For more information, visit townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/14944/22.

Chapel Hill manages 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 – Thursday, 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.

Thank you for supporting our public safety goals.


News Announcements

Halloween on Franklin Street: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019: https://www.townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/14922/22


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

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



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.


Prohibited Items

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



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:

  • 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.
  • 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.


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








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
2017 2
2018 4

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


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

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