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Homegrown Halloween

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Downtown Chapel Hill Wednesday, October 31st 8pm-10:30pm Free event

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 – Wednesday, 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.

Hear from our community partners as they answer Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is Homegrown Halloween on Franklin Street?

  2. What’s so scary about Halloween in Chapel Hill?  

  3. What are the Top Three public safety goals for Halloween in Chapel Hill?

  4. How do you get to downtown Chapel Hill on Halloween?

Thank you for supporting our public safety goals.


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