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Chapel Hill Announces Dos, Don'ts For Annual Halloween Celebration

Posted October 15, 2003 11:21 a.m. EDT

— A crowd of 75,000 is expected to celebrate Halloween in downtown Chapel Hill this year. As always, there will be little parking available close to downtown and there will be no place for charter buses to drop off or pick up passengers.

The Town will provide shuttle bus service from four Park-and-Ride Lots to two locations downtown. Anyone attempting to get to Franklin Street on Halloween is encouraged to use the shuttle buses. They will be the most convenient way to get to and from the Franklin Street area.

Street Closures:

The following downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic at 9 p.m. on Oct. 31:

  • Franklin Street: Raleigh Street to Mallette Street
  • Columbia Street: Rosemary Street to Cameron Avenue
  • Raleigh Street: East Franklin to Cameron Avenue (for a shuttle bus stop)
  • Residential streets near downtown will be closed except to residents of those streets and their guests.
  • Parking:

  • Vehicles parked on East Franklin Street will be towed prior to 6 p.m.
  • Parking will not be allowed on streets in or near downtown Chapel Hill.
  • Vehicles that are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed, with a minimum recovery cost of $103.
  • Prohibited Items:

    Alcohol will not be permitted in the area where traffic is blocked. Open containers of alcohol and coolers are not permitted on any public street, sidewalk, or right-of-way. Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers will be enforcing state laws and local ordinances concerning alcohol possession and consumption.

    Town ordinances and state statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Weapons
  • Glass Bottles
  • Paint
  • Fireworks and Explosives
  • Flammable Substances
  • Animals
  • Coolers
  • Items, even as part of a costume, which can be used as weapons or look like weapons will be confiscated.

    Shuttle Buses

    The Town will offer shuttle service between four Park-and-Ride Lots and downtown Chapel Hill. Everyone is encouraged to use the shuttle service. Shuttles wiill run from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. The cost is $5 round-trip and $3 one-way.

    Shuttle Routes:

  • Jones Ferry Road Lot in Carrboro to the old Trailways Bus Station on West Franklin
  • Southern Village (15-501 South) Lot to the old Trailways Bus Station on West Franklin
  • NC Highway 54 Lot to Raleigh Street near East Franklin Street
  • University Mall to Raleigh Street near East Franklin Street