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Chapel Hill wants to further rein in Halloween revelry

Posted October 15, 2015

Halloween revelers in Chapel Hill trickled onto Franklin Street Monday night for the town's famed celebration, despite a rainy forecast and efforts by town officials to keep crowds down.

— Chapel Hill is making a bigger effort this year to keep its popular Halloween festivities smaller.

Each year, thousands of costumed-revelers – many of them college students – jam Franklin Street on Halloween night.

For several years, officials have been working to keep "Homegrown Halloween" a local event by restricting traffic and stopping bus service.

This year, officials want to encourage local families to come out with their children.

They'll close off Franklin Street at 8:30, but they'll reopen it to traffic earlier than usual, at 11 p.m.


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  • Sean Creasy Oct 15, 2015
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    How dare the commoners mingle with our precious student body!!! SMH.... Sooner or later it will be a non event.....

  • William Patterson Oct 15, 2015
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    Shutting down the streets before the bewitching hour of midnight on Halloween...thats like telling Santa no flying after dark ..... is a big mistake.Who comes up with these hair brained ideas....leave it alone must you control everything?

  • Mg Daniel Oct 15, 2015
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    At least they are not drinking and driving. Leave the streets closed and let them remain in the area. Opening the streets will only encourage driving. Think before you decide to 'rein in the revelry'. From who does the businesses downtown make their money? This is a big night, let them have their fun.

  • Roy Blumenfeld Oct 15, 2015
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    Why would the town want this to be a family event? No one is giving out candy and although no alcohol is allowed a lot of the people pregame and show up intoxicated. In my opinion it seems better to encourage kids trick-or-treating in a residential area rather than bringing them to Franklin St.