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Thousands flood Franklin Street for Chapel Hill Homegrown Halloween

Posted October 31, 2017 8:34 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT

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

PHOTOS: Halloween on Franklin Street 2017

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.

Chapel Hill Halloween 2017

Chapel Hill Halloween 2017

"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.