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Thousands flood Franklin Street for Chapel Hill Homegrown Halloween

Thousands of people dressed in costumes are expected to flood Franklin Street Tuesday night for the annual Halloween gathering.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Thousands of people dressed in costumes flooded Franklin Street Tuesday night for the annual Halloween gathering in Chapel Hill.

The spontaneous gathering has been a community tradition for decades, and the town has employed around 200 public safety officers for the 2017 event.

The Town of Chapel Hill observes Halloween only on Oct. 31, and does not deviate from the celebration date, no matter what day of the week it falls.

Costumes and creativity showcase the best of this spontaneous crowd gathering that occurs each year on Franklin Street.
Costumes and creativity showcase the best of this spontaneous crowd gathering that occurs each year on Franklin Street.

"Chapel Hill is like a second home to me," said Pakia Vand, a UNC-Chapel Hill alumni. " I couldn't miss it."

Officials have not reported the official number in attendance, but early estimates are around 15,000 people, much less than previous years.

The celebration in 2015 was recent peak in attendance at around 40,000 people.

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