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One arrest made at Homegrown Halloween celebration

Posted October 31

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— The annual Halloween celebration on Franklin Street saw a crowd of 25,000 people Monday night as organizers made a few changes in the name of safety.

As in recent years, Chapel Hill leaders are trying to tamp down how wild the festivities can get during the Halloween celebration. Before starting the Homegrown Halloween movement, the event was expensive and dangerous for the town.

This year, Halloween revelers saw new hours for the event. In the past, authorities allowed the party to run until about 11 p.m. Monday night, the party wrapped up at 10:30 p.m.

Sadie Hoffman said people will still find time to pack in the fun, and the party will likely continue after the event ends.

"I think people will still be hanging around the sidewalks anyway," Hoffman said.

Authorities said the streets were entirely cleared of people by 11 p.m. The street was reopened to traffic at about 11:35 p.m.

During the celebration, revelers had the chance to be anyone or anything they wanted for a few hours. Lauren Munach got a lot of looks dressed as a jellyfish but things remained calm, even around presidential candidates.

"Everybody is really friendly, so things are going real well," said party goer Guilham Dellamalva, who was dressed as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

One arrest was made during the event following a report of a person being groped, authorities said. Information on charges in connection to the incident were not available.

Orange County Emergency Services said four people were treated at the event- three for alcohol-related issues and one for an unspecified medical issue. One of the alcohol related issues resulted in a person being transported to UNC Hospital.

To keep the party small, access to the street was blocked to outsiders and there were checkpoints for dangerous items and alcohol.

Other precautions were the same as last year and access to downtown areas was restricted. About 200 police officers were expected to be on the scene.

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  • John Ragan Nov 1, 11:08 a.m.
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    This a complete waste of city and county tax payer money and resources.

  • David Fleenor Nov 1, 12:56 a.m.
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    "As in recent years, Chapel Hill leaders are trying to tamp down how wild the festivities can get during the Halloween celebration. Before starting the Homegrown Halloween movement, the event was expensive and dangerous for the town."

    In other words, people used to have too much fun and we can't allow that. Obey!

  • Eric Rothman Oct 31, 9:47 p.m.
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    I remember going there 19 years ago and partying till 3 am!!!

  • William Patterson Oct 31, 7:41 p.m.
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    thats ridiculous...leave everyone alone and be patient till midnight ....why be a downer on a night lots of folks look forward to all year .....at least give them till the midnight hour