Chapel Hill, N.C. — An estimated 30,000 costumed revelers are expected to take to Franklin Street in Chapel Hill Saturday night as part of the annual Homegrown Halloween festivities.
In recent years, city officials have tried to curtail Halloween into a smaller and safer celebration. Changes have included restricting parking and traffic, making it more difficult for large groups to travel to the celebration. There will be no parking on Franklin Street starting a 3:30 p.m.
Officials are urging people to walk, bike or be dropped off on Franklin Street.
The Halloween bash is billed as family-friendly, and alcohol is banned on the street. But area bars will be open, and alcohol-related problems are routine.
In advance of Saturday, police have been meeting with local bar owners to provide a refresher on spotting fake IDs in order to curb underage drinking. Officers are also warning people about the dangers of consuming too much alcohol.
Last year, officers reported 79 alcohol-related incidents during the celebration. Twenty-nine people were transported to local hospitals for alcohol-related problems.
Franklin Street will be blocked off at 8:30 p.m. and will reopen at 11 p.m., when festivities end.
Not heading to Chapel Hill? Here are a few other celebrations to check out in the Triangle:
Carolina Nightlife Halloween Bar Crawl - Carolina Nightlife Raleigh will hold this crawl Saturday at Clouds Brewing. Enjoy games, drink specials and some great costumes. Tickets are $20.
3 Ring Circus Masquerade Ball - Common 414 in downtown Raleigh hosts this event Saturday night featuring jugglers, acrobats, stilt-walkers and live music. Single tickets are $20 and couple tickets are $35.
Murder Mystery Dinner - Oro in downtown Raleigh will host this event Saturday night. In addition to a delicious dinner, you also get to solve a mystery. Tickets are $75 a person and the event starts at 7:30 p.m.
Raleigh Boogeyman Bar Crawl - This bar crawl boasts $500 in cash prizes for the best costumes. The party starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mirage and continues throughout the night. Admission is $40 cash only at the door the day of.