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Homegrown Halloween

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Downtown Chapel Hill Thursday, 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 – 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.

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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:

Unlicensed drones (for more information, visit;
Costume accessories that look like weapons;
Alcoholic beverages;
Glass bottles;
Fireworks and explosives;
Flammable substances;
Animals; and