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100s of cops, 1000s in costume converge in Chapel Hill for Halloween

Posted October 31, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014

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— The annual Franklin Street Halloween celebration was bigger than in recent years, police said.

About 32,000 people turned out for the annual bash, and it was the first time in a while that the holiday fell on a weekend, providing the first true test of the more focused "Homegrown Halloween."

The event was established by Chapel Hill leaders after crowds grew to more than 80,000 eight years ago.

Since that peak in 2007, the crowds have been more in control and roamed within a contained area, joined by hundreds of law enforcement officers. The most common problem comes when revelers overindulge in alcohol.

On Friday, 13 people were arrested or cited. Six of those people were charged with alcohol-related crimes. One person was charged with assaulting a firefighter and for resist, delay or obstruct, and another was charged with simple assault.

Without the need to be up for work or school the next morning, town leaders expected larger crowds to stay out later, and they extended the official hours of the event until midnight. Roads in the area reopened shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, police said.


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  • wayneboyd Oct 31, 2014

    If I were law enforcement, I'd refuse to baby sit them.

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 31, 2014

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    Yea sure. Police saying that guns are not allowed will always keep criminals from having them. It works everywhere.

  • Rachel Durham Oct 31, 2014
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    I'll be on the 6am clean up crew , kind of ruins my plans for tonight but hopefully some of the 30000 will drop a buck or two along with their red solo cups:)

  • BurtReynoldsBigHat Oct 31, 2014

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    You should probably stay inside so you don't catch Ebola, too. Living in fear is exhausting.

  • moomoo Oct 31, 2014

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    Lets see, with that rationale, maybe we shouldn't have 40,000 at a football game--or if there are between 30-40 thousand in Chapel Hill tonight and there are 400 officers in attendance, that would average out to about 1 officer per 100 person. Yep- that sounds safe and even--I don't think so.
    And heaven forbid, if someone does do something stupid or violent or criminal, I am willing to bet most would be pleased the 400 are there .

  • mike honcho Oct 31, 2014

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    Ahhh it says 400.....

  • foodstamptrader Oct 31, 2014

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    Not since we made the event less attractive for outside troublemakers to attend. It's been relatively peaceful since the Durham crowd stayed home. We also use to have another street festival, but had to cancel it because of certain "yoof" deciding to use it as a hunting ground. Sad for the law abiding citizens.

  • theysayirock Oct 31, 2014

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    That's right. Live in fear

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 31, 2014

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    Has that occurred during the Halloween celebrations since the racist Chapel Hill leaders cordoned off Chapel Hill to keep Durham residents out during the celebration?

  • jimcricket15 Oct 31, 2014

    "Because in America drunk white youth never riot and destroy everything in town."

    Not sure what this has to do with race. It is a waste of resources regardless of who gets out of control. Not only that but this also means a lot of areas will be short of police. I hope no one decides to rob you or break into your residence. Good luck waiting for a response to 911.