Chapel Hill prepares for massive ‘Homegrown Halloween’

Chapel Hill to keep Homegrown Halloween smaller, safer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The Town of Chapel Hill and the UNC campus are prepare for another “Homegrown Halloween” celebration that is expected to attract thousands.

It’s an annual Halloween tradition in Triangle.

Every year, tens-of-thousands of people fill Franklin Street in Chapel Hill to celebrate Halloween.

In recent years the Town has tried to make the event more family friendly.

In 2015, the Town estimated 40,000 packed Franklin Street.

To handle that number of people, the Town prepares in advance.

Officials restrict traffic to downtown and have additional officers on hand.

Officials said about 200 public safety officers will be working on Halloween.

They’ll also have alcohol checkpoints.

No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the street.

“The thing that we’ve been asking of people is that they act responsibly. So, that means if you’re going to drink, drink responsibly. Make sure that the people around you are doing the same. Make sure that you have a way of getting home. Make sure you have a driver that is sober. Because that ensures that everybody stays safe,” said Joshua Mecimore, Chapel Hill Police.

In 2014, 29 people had to be transported to the hospital for treatment. Chapel Hill police said they want everyone to have a good time but to plan ahead.

Homegrown Halloween starts at 8 p.m. and runs to 10:30 p.m.

If you are planning to attend, be aware of the road closures and limited parking.

The following road closures will begin at 8 p.m.:

  • East Franklin Street, from Raleigh Street to Columbia Street.
  • East Cameron Avenue, from Raleigh Street to South Columbia Street.
  • Henderson Street, from East Rosemary Street to East Franklin Street.

East Franklin Street entry points:

  • Any alley located on the north or south side of the 100 block of E. Franklin St.
  • Henderson Street.
  • Raleigh Street via E. Franklin Street on the north side of Franklin Street.
  • McCorkle Place and Raleigh Street via E. Franklin St.

More information on traffic and parking can be found here.

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