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N.C. State Tries to Scare Up Halloween Fest

Posted October 31, 2007

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— Hillsborough Street has long been a favorite haunt of North Carolina State University students. But some students want to make the thoroughfare a haunted spot for a Halloween celebration.

Taking a cue from Chapel Hill, which annually hosts tens of thousands of University of North Carolina students and others in a downtown Halloween bash, organizers at N.C. State said a similar party could be staged on Hillsborough Street.

Students organized the inaugural Haunted Hillsborough Hike Wednesday night, and 12 businesses agreed to offer specials on food and drinks to attract students in a partying mood.

"We're not trying to compete with (Chapel Hill). We're just trying to have something that is good for N.C. State students," organizer Matt Potter said. "We've got 30,000 students here and a great street, and there's no reason why we shouldn't have our own party."

Potter said he hoped to attract about 2,500 students to the event, which is patterned after Hillsborough Hike, an end-of-semester ritual in which students go up and down the street buying drinks after finishing exams.

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  • Gerbil Herder Nov 1, 2007

    Not sure why we would want to copy Chapel Hill on anything much less an event that requires the amount of security that Franklin Street requires.

    I do not think that the Hillsborough Hike has anything to do with the celebration in Chapel Hell. The Hike has been an individual event for about fifteen years, but now we are spicing it up by adding a holiday. I admit, St Patty's day would be good because it sure is a long drive to Savannah.

  • 581C Oct 31, 2007

    Thanks for proving my point.

  • jkuwalik2 Oct 31, 2007

    581C, yaeh UNC, ECU, UNCW, UNC-A. etc. Sarcasm??????

  • Myword Oct 31, 2007

    Adopt ST. Pats or something. Be original.

  • 581C Oct 31, 2007

    jkuwalik2:
    yeah, because no one else has parties on Halloween except for UNC. (said with great sarcasm)

  • jkuwalik2 Oct 31, 2007

    Maybe they could try to be more original and come up with a different holiday to try and party

  • allfunfamily Oct 31, 2007

    Not sure why we would want to copy Chapel Hill on anything much less an event that requires the amount of security that Franklin Street requires.

  • TarheelTurtle Oct 31, 2007

    Franklin Street is not only filled with UNC students and locals tonight. It is filled with 50-75,000 people from all over the Southeast, just like the Lawn Party at State, Burnout at UNC, and all the other great rituals that used to be, before the politically correct got their way and decided that noone is allowed to have any fun.