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N.C. State students working on Halloween plan

Posted September 24, 2008

— Student groups at North Carolina State University are looking to expand their Halloween celebration into a charity fundraiser in Raleigh.

Jay Dawkins, student body president at NCSU, said students are working to plan a safe and successful party along Hillsborough Street.

Celebrating Halloween on Hillsborough Street is becoming increasingly popular, with about 5,000 people attending last year’s celebration. The event is not affiliated with the university.

Dawkins said the goal for this year’s celebration is to take the focus off of excessive drinking and turn the celebration into a fundraiser for the homeless.

Students want to hold a canned food drive and sell wristbands that would give students discounts at some businesses Halloween night.

“We are not opposed to our students having fun on Halloween, especially when a good cause is involved. What concerns us is the potential for the less constructive behaviors that we've seen on Franklin Street,” NCSU spokesman Keith Nichols said.

An annual Halloween party is held on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. City officials recently recommended a plan to reduce the size of the party, which attracted 80,000 people last year. The event is not town-sponsored, but ended up costing the town approximately $221,000 for security, cleanup, crowd control, emergency medical care and other expenses.

Alan Lovette, who owns two businesses on Hillsborough Street, thinks it’s a good idea for N.C. State students to have somewhere to go locally on Halloween instead of heading off to other college campuses.

Lovette said the event won't have the problems Franklin Street's party has had because police aren't planning to block off Hillsborough Street, which will force most people to go inside of businesses.

“We can watch them a little closer than if they were on the street in a big group,” Lovette said.

Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Wednesday the department does not support the student organized Halloween party and would prefer the event be canceled.

Raleigh Police are concerned the party will end up like the one on Franklin Street.

“We are talking about getting a crowd of people (and) adding alcohol to the mix; the potential for injury, the potential for property damage, the potential for law violations is going to be significant,” Sughrue said.

Dawkins said student groups want to curb the Halloween event before it ends up like the Franklin Street party.

“At Franklin Street it turned into something for half the state of North Carolina to come and have a party and we don’t want that here. This is for the students of N.C. State to come out and have a good time and serve the community while we are at it,” Dawkins said.


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  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 24, 2008

    I think if the students work with the police and find a way to do it peacefully and without too much disruption this could be a great thing. Isalute them for trying to be the solution rather than the problem.

  • Harvey Sep 24, 2008

    Waste of tax dollars in 3...2...1...

  • sentinel94m Sep 24, 2008

    I see nothing wrong with a big Halloween Party like this. It's only once a year. When I lived in Athens Ohio, we had a huge party like this where Ohio University ususally topped the charts nationwide for it's Halloween bash. The city closed off the street for pedistrian traffic only and they put on concerts and contests. But there was a LOT of public drinking. Ususally around 6:00Am the next morning the riot police combed the streets to make sure everyone ended the fun. The only thing I disaproved of was the enormous amount of trash and the irresponsiblity of "nobody" cleaning it up the next day. But cops ususally turned a blind eye for one night if you had a case of beer under your arms, as long as you weren't drinking it on the public sidewalks or street. Lots of fun for one night... As a partaker, I never did mind it.

  • RaleighRob Sep 24, 2008

    Hillsborough Street actually had a decent, yet modest-sized, Halloween festival last year. Little to no crime from what I recall, and plenty of people had a decent good time. Of course it wasn't as crazy or large as Chapel Hill...but it was good to see NCSU students out supporting Hillsborough Street businesses and having a good time in the process. The fundraising idea is commendable, too!

  • chivegas Sep 24, 2008

    "If all else fails, head to G-vegas for Halloween."

    I agree, G-Vegas was always much better than CH. Just takes a long time to get to from the Triangle area.

  • readme Sep 24, 2008

    I don't see any problems with a focus on heavy drinking. Live a little. It is Halloween after all.

  • WRALblows Sep 24, 2008

    "Dawkins said the goal is to take the focus off of excessive drinking and turn the celebration into a fundraiser for the homeless."

    Unfortunately I think your plan is heavily flawed with regards to attracting college students.

  • pack-man Sep 24, 2008

    glenwood south is the biggest halloween bash

  • Mom V Sep 24, 2008

    dholder97...we hope Franklin Street is a ghost town too. I think the police and business would welcome it. It cost the town a heck of a lot more money than it makes. Now if you out of towners stay away and leave it for the locals like it was intended then the business and police would welcome it..

  • Space Mountain Sep 24, 2008

    Well, this story was very informative.

    Why not have a big party on Fayetteville Street? All the drunk legislatures could then just walk over after their drinks at 42nd Street.