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

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News Announcements
Street Closures
Prohibited Items
Downtown Residents

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: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 -

Street Closures and Parking Restrictions -


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



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.

There is no parking permitted along the 100 blocks of east and west Franklin Street and Henderson Street starting at 3:30 p.m. There will be limited public parking available on the east end of downtown in the evening.

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


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 7:10 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
  • 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 note 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.

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


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. 



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 or 919-969-4878.



Information: Community Safety Communications Specialist Ran Northam at 919-969-4878 or, or Communications Manager Catherine Lazorko at 919-969-5055 or

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