Moderation is the word that the Town of Chapel Hill is using while inviting students and residents to observe Homegrown Halloween on Monday, Oct. 31.
In expectation of the crowds that come to downtown Chapel Hill, Franklin Street will close at 9 p.m. and be reopened at 11:30 p.m.
On Oct. 31, numerous campus parking lots and services will be affected by Halloween operations. Streets adjacent to campus will also be affected on October 31. Consequently, students, staff and faculty should familiarize themselves with the parking and transportation plan. Advance planning and preparation on the part of everyone will help make the evening as enjoyable as possible.
Homegrown Halloween will continue for its fourth year. The shared effort among the Town, University and Downtown businesses aims to return Halloween on Franklin Street to its roots as a small town community gathering and to reduce crowd sizes.
“Because this year’s Halloween is on Monday, our message this year is one of moderation,” said Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. “People have school and work in the morning, so have a good time, but leave early and celebrate responsibly. And, as in the last three years, this event is a Chapel Hill event. We are not rolling out the welcome mat for folks from outside Chapel Hill.”
To support the University’s regular academic function, the medical mission of UNC hospitals, and Chapel Hill’s plans, ALL parking regulations as well as several temporary parking restrictions will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 31 through 5 p.m. or 9 p.m. (depending on the lot) on Tuesday, November 1.
For example, Stadium Drive parking normally requires an S4 permit Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For Halloween, it will require a valid S4 permit from Monday, October 31 at 7:30 a.m. until Tuesday, November 1 at 5 p.m. Any vehicle without a valid S4 permit between Monday at 7:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 5 p.m. will be ticketed and possibly towed. The restriction illustrated by this example will apply to all permitted lots and all normal reserved spaces that are not already 24-hour spaces. Additionally, vehicles parked outside of marked spaces will be automatically ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
UNC students and staff should NOT come to campus for Halloween festivities prior to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31. Guests are discouraged from coming to campus. Unless a vehicle has a valid weekday permit, there will be no place for student or employee guests to park until 6 p.m. Monday when a imited number of designated lots will open for $20 Halloween student and employee parking (see Public Safety website below for details). In addition to the campus-wide parking permit restrictions, several campus parking lots and roadways will be closed at various times throughout the weekend and especially on Halloween night.
Vehicles parked in or along closed areas will be ticketed and towed at the expense of the owner.
Parking Control Officers and tow trucks will be on duty on campus throughout the day and evening on Oct. 31 and into the early morning hours of Nov. 1. Parking and road restrictions will be strictly enforced.
Illegally parked vehicles on campus on Halloween will be cited and towed at the expense of the owner, including vehicles parked on the sidewalks, landscape, in fire lanes, in reserved spaces, and in restricted areas, etc. Payment for the citation, the tow, and any outstanding balances owed to UNC Public Safety WILL BE REQUIRED BEFORE the vehicle will be released (towing fees range from $90 to $110 and citations range from $20 to $250). Only debit and credit cards will be accepted. Personal checks and cash will not be accepted from 5 p.m.
Monday until 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Chapel Hill Restrictions
Because Homegrown Halloween is for a local audience, the following restrictions will be in place:
• Restricted access to downtown through lane and street closures
• No special event park and ride bus shuttles
• Parking will be essentially unavailable downtown
• Police plan to begin reopening Franklin Street at 11:30 p.m.
• Chapel Hill Transit will run its usual bus routes although some will be rerouted due to the traffic diversion plan. Safe Ride bus routes normally in place on the weekends will be available to transport community members and UNC students away from downtown.
• Downtown bars and restaurants will close their doors at 1 a.m. to new patrons. They also will charge a minimum $5 cover charge to patrons not attending private events. In addition, downtown convenience stores that sell alcohol will either close their doors or stop selling alcohol at 1 a.m.