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50,000 Halloween Revelers Expected In Chapel Hill

Posted October 31, 2002

— Halloween night will be colorful and lively night in Chapel Hill. Town leaders hope a plan for this year's celebration makes downtown traffic less frightening.

An estimated crowd of 50,000 is expected to crowd Franklin Street Thursday night. This year, the Town of Chapel Hill hopes revelers will use shuttle buses to ease the congestion on downtown streets.

Shuttle service will be available from four locations: Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro, Southern Village on 15-501, the Friday Center and University Mall. The shuttles run from 8 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.

The ride will cost $3 roundtrip or $2 one way.

Main downtown streets will be closed off to vehicles at 8 p.m. and there will be no parking near the closed-off area.

While costumed are welcome, some accessories are not allowed. Weapons, chainsaws, paint, explosives, fireworks or anything that could be used as a weapon are off limits and will be confiscated.

Alcohol and glass bottles will not be allowed in the blocked-off area and will be confiscated, as well. State Alcohol Law Enforcement officers will be on hand to enforce state and local laws.

Police Department spokeswoman Jane Cousins said last year's goal was to decrease the crowd size. This year, town officials decided that since the Halloween bash is an annual event, they should make it easier for people to get to.

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