Once again the Town of Chapel Hill anticipates thousands of people visiting downtown on Saturday, October 31, 2015, for its annual Homegrown Halloween event. The event will run from 8:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
When this many people are gathered in a concentrated area, the safety and security of UNC-CH students is our primary concern. Please take note of the following safety information.
- Alcohol will not be permitted in the festival area. All other state and local laws pertaining to alcohol will be enforced as usual.
- Restaurants and bars have been encouraged to close their doors at 1 a.m. to new patrons and many will charge a cover charge to patrons not attending a private event. In addition, downtown convenience stores that sell alcohol are asked to either close their doors or stop selling alcohol at 1 a.m. These strategies have been successfully employed for a number of years and have contributed to the enhanced safety of the Halloween event.
- If alcohol is consumed prior to attending the event, limit intake so to remain alert and in control at all times while amid the crowds of people.
- Town ordinances and State statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:
Alcoholic Beverages Weapons of any kind
Glass Bottles Paint
Fireworks and Explosives Flammable Substances
Live Animals Coolers
- Items, even as part of a costume, which can be used as weapons or could reasonably be mistaken as weapons, will be confiscated. This includes items made of wood, metal, cardboard or hard plastic.
- If you or someone you know experiences injury or distress during the event, you can contact one of the hundreds of uniformed police officers that will be on hand for the event, access the EMS station at Hill Hall, or call 911 for response.
Residence Halls and Off Campus Homes: There will be an increased number of non-student visitors to the area. It is important that students ensure their homes and cars are secured at all times. For residence halls, it is imperative that students avoid “tailgating” or letting non-residents into the halls. This is particularly important due to the larger number of costumed and potentially non-identifiable people that will be on and around campus Halloween evening. We can all work to decrease the opportunity for crime and property damage that can occur at such times. As you come and go from your home, you are responsible for your choices and behaviors, as well as any visiting guests you may have.
For off campus residents living near downtown, be aware that traffic and parking may be restricted in and around your neighborhood. Illegally parking vehicles are subject to being ticketed and towed.
Food Truck Rodeo
The Department of Housing and Residential Education, First Year Experience, Student Wellness, RHA, Carolina Dining Services, and Waste Reduction and Recycling Services are partnering to bring you the first Food Truck Rodeo on-campus Halloween Night. This event offers students the opportunity to enjoy some tasty food options and to foster a safer Halloween experience. There will be six local food trucks along Stadium Drive near South Road. Each truck with have a $5.00 food option and will be accepting credit cards & cash. The first 150 students to attend the event will receive a voucher for a free $5.00 option from any of the food trucks that evening. Food service begins at 10:00 p.m.
UNC Transportation and Parking Information: On-campus parking rules will change for Halloween. Please read the posted information from Transportation and Parking to avoid getting ticketed or towed. For complete campus parking and transportation information (including street closures and parking restrictions), visit the Transportation and Parking website: http://move.unc.edu/2015/10/20/homegrown-halloween/
Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will end service early on the NU and EZ Rider routes to accommodate the Halloween celebration on Franklin Street. The following schedule modifications will be in effect:
NU Route will end at 8:17 p.m. at RR Lot
EZ Rider service will end at 8:30 p.m.
All other routes will operate on regular routes and published schedules, although minor delays may occur due to increased traffic.
Safe Ride Buses: Safe Ride buses will operate from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. View schedules and maps of safe ride routes at www.townofchapelhill.org/saferides. Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students. Safe Ride buses will operate along detoured routes. Safe Rides will not serve the Downtown/Franklin Street area. Please be advised that due to road closures and traffic pattern changes, Chapel Hill Transit may be unable to operate its exact published schedules.
Safe T - pick up and drop off from Chapel Hill Town Hall
Safe J - pick up and drop off from Passport Motors (Franklin Street at Graham Street)
Safe G - pick up and drop off from Columbia Street at Sitterson Hall across from Carolina Inn
No Bus Shuttles: There will be no shuttle buses operating from park and ride lots.