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Chapel Hill businesses pan Halloween celebration

Posted September 17, 2008

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— A new survey paints an unfavorable picture of Chapel Hill's downtown Halloween bash.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce surveyed businesses directly impacted by the annual party, which attracts thousands of people and shuts down Franklin Street.

Twenty-eight percent of downtown businesses said Halloween night had a negative impact on business, compared with 24 percent who reported a boost in revenue.

Forty-five percent of those businesses reported slight damage from the revelry, while another 19 percent reported major damage to their establishments.

Other downtown events got better reviews from business owners, with only 9 percent saying those events were bad for business.

Chamber officials said they would present the findings to town leaders to see what, if any, changes need to be made for Halloween.

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  • TheAdmiral Sep 18, 2008

    Well, the businesses should like it - it brings alot of naked people downtowm who love to shop nekkid in the stores.

    And flip cars.

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Sep 18, 2008

    Uh - maybe start with additional security????

  • thefensk Sep 18, 2008

    Jerry-75 mentions "back in the day" ...

    For me, back in the day Halloween was primarily a day for kids to have fun.
    Now it is a time for drunken revelry, as if these people need some excuse to get drunk.
    How did we ever let this change? Go look at the Halloween stores that open up this time of year, most of the junk they sell is for adults.
    I've never been to this one (even when I lived in Chapel Hill), but I've been to a much bigger such street "celebration" in another city. Once. A useless waste of energy.

    I suggest Chapel Hill board up the businesses like for a storm and close up shop for the night.

    For me, I'll carve my Jack o'Lantern and take my grandkids trick or treating ... no way it gets any better than that.

  • orange dude Sep 18, 2008

    First Apple Chill, now this.

  • Slip Kid Sep 18, 2008

    It's really a great event. Considering the number of people, there are relatively few problems. Of course, halloween falls on a Friday this year, so they know it will be little more crowded and probably a bit more rowdy.

  • Jeremiah Sep 17, 2008

    had some good times out there back in the day.