Halloween Costume Party

The Haunting Starts on Friday October 30th at 7 0’Clock
The Strowd at 159 1/2 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
Best Halloween costume & Dance off prizes!!!
Celebrity Judges

Mark Kleinschmidt – Chapel Hill Mayor
Chris Blue – Chapel Hill Chief of Police
Corey Holliday – UNC & NFL
Phil Ford – UNC Basketball Legend & NBA Star
“Dre” Andre Bly – UNC Football & NFL Sta

Raffle prizes & Autographed Basketballs to bid on! Come celebrate our new ” Donald Williams Basketball Academy Community Outreach Program” & enjoy an evening of TRICKS & TREATS!!!


Halloween Carnival at Southern Village

Monday, October 31 @ 3-5 pm on the Village Green
Youngsters and their families are invited to the
Village Green for Halloween fun, games and prizes.
Show off your costumes!
Enjoy our Carnival as a warm-up
for an evening of Trick or Treating!


Carolina Skies – Scare-olina

Carolina Skies: Scare-olina Skies edition Carolina Skies: Scare-olina Skies edition is a Halloween-themed version of Morehead’s classic star show. Come learn about stars, constellations and celestial events through legends from ancient cultures, featuring monsters, mayhem and madness! Regular ticket prices apply. Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 – 8pm (adults/teens), Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 – 3:30 pm (family edition).


Howling Halloween at University Place

Our Howling Halloween will kick-off in The Orchard park with a creepy crawlers show and scary monster makeovers at 2pm. Kids will also get to paint a pumpkin to take home. Then we’ll start our scream contest with our resident Frankenstein. The winner of the scream contest will win a prize from Frankenstein! Later, we’ll wrap up the Halloween festivities with our annual mall trick-or-treating from 4pm-7pm. *These activities are subject to change pending weather. In inclement weather, activities will be moved to the indoor kid’s playground.


Missing: Pumpkins, Inflatables Stolen in Chapel Hill

There have been multiple reports in the past 24 hours to the Chapel Hill Police Department that pumpkins, inflatables and other Halloween decor have been stolen from yards.

Several pumpkins and a 12-foot inflatable Jack-0′-Lantern were reported stolen from locations along North Estes Drive. The Boy Scout Troop on North Estes Drive also reported multiple pumpkins and two inflatables missing from the location, according to Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore.  Decorations, including several other pumpkins and an inflatable spider, were also reported stolen from homes on Christine Court.

According to a tweet sent to the CHPD, Halloween decor has also been stolen from at least one lawn in Carrboro.

CHPD says this is not uncommon around Halloween, and that last year there was similar vandalism and larceny. Police encourage residents to contact them if anything has been stolen and encourage residents to call 911 if they see someone stealing, or other suspicious activity.


What Causes Self-Driving Car Accidents?

Today is Friday, September 30, 2016.  Home Depot pulls a Halloween costume.  Are people to blame for crashes involving auto-driven cars?  How to catch a noisy rooster.

Home Depot Pulls Halloween Costume

Did you know that Home Depot has Halloween costumes?

Well, in Canada, Home Depot is pulling a controversial “Scary Peeper Creeper” costume that reminds many of a serial killer.

What does the costume look like?

Take a look.

What Causes Self-Driving Car Accidents?

Companies developing technology for self-driving cars must convince the general public that these vehicles are safe.  So, when one is involved in an accident, a major blow is dealt to that argument.

But, can you plane the Autopilot features for these crashes?  When they happen, companies like Tesla and Google often point the blame at human error.  Recently, a Tesla car crashed into a bus in Germany.  Police are investigating why the autopilot didn’t work.  But, Tesla officials and the car owner are not blaming the feature.  They say the bus came into the Tesla’s lane and the sideswipe was unavoidable.



Loud Rooster

A man in Pittsburgh has a rooster problem.  He has 30 days to fix it or he will face a penalty from the city.

But, he’s having trouble catching the rooster who is annoying neighbors with piercing calls.


UNC Police Respond to Sexual Assault After No Citations at Homegrown Halloween

An estimated 40,000 revelers crowded onto Franklin Street on Saturday night for Halloween, according to Chapel Hill Police.

Orange County Emergency Services responded to 10 calls within the closed event, according to officials. The majority of EMS calls were alcohol related.

There were no arrests made or citations issued in the closed area, according to Chapel Hill Police.

The streets were cleared at 11 o’clock Saturday night and opened to traffic just before midnight, after being cleaned by Town crews.

While no arrests were made at the Homegrown Halloween event, an Alert Carolina message went out early Sunday morning warning students that campus police were investigating a report of a sexual assault just before three o’clock Sunday morning.

Campus police say the assault reportedly occurred in UNC’s Hinton-James Residence Hall.

A male suspect, estimated to be 6’ tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds, is believed to have left the campus area, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 911 or call Crimestoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls to Crimestoppers are confidential and anonymous and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.


WCHL Presents ‘The War of the Worlds’ on Halloween Night

On Halloween night, WCHL presented a special “Chapel Hill” version of ‘The War of the Worlds.’

Listen to the WCHL version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ Below:


A 23-year-old narrator named Orson Welles delivered a radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds on October 30, 1938.

It is the most famous (and infamous) radio broadcast of all time.

Hear that original broadcast of The War of the Worlds here.

It aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System on Welles’ weekly show, The Mercury Theatre on the Air.  Orson Welles began the broadcast by paraphrasing the book in order to update it to contemporary times:

“We know now that in the early years of the twentieth century this world was being watched closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own. We know now that as human beings busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacence men went to and fro over the earth about their little affairs … In the thirty-ninth year of the twentieth century came the great disillusionment. It was near the end of October. Business was better. The war scare was over. More men were back at work. Sales were picking up. On this particular evening, October 30th, the Crossley service estimated that thirty-two million people were listening in on radios.”

Of course, the broadcast did open with an announcer clearly recognizing the program as an adaptation of the novel.

What happened as a result of The War of the Worlds broadcast is disputed.  For years, stories claimed that the broadcast sent millions in the United States into mass hysteria.  In 2013, Slate published a lengthy rebuttal to those claims.



100 Years of Halloween Costumes

Today is Thursday, October 29, 2015.  Enjoy 100 Years of Halloween Costumes, learn how to burn off that Halloween candy, and get a Mustang through your roof.


100 Years of Halloween Costumes

This video takes us through 100 Years of Halloween Costumes.  As the video explains, Carving pumpkins, sipping cider, and trick-or-treating may all be indicative of Halloween, but nothing gets us into the spirit more than dressing up. For centuries, people have celebrated Halloween with costumes that run the gamut from spooky to sweet. Today, we’re revisiting Halloween costumes one decade at a time, and ending with a 2015 costume guaranteed to break the Internet.”

Towards the end, we start to get a little more topical.  Blind Melon’s Bee Girl and Kim Kardashian make appearances.

Burn Off That Halloween Candy

How can you burn off Halloween candy?  Here’s what you can do to fit into another 100 years of Halloween costumes.  Four mini-Snickers are 170 calories.  You need 6 minutes of jogging, 5 minutes of swimming and 7 minutes of stationary bike (high intensity) to burn it off.

Want a Twix?  One full-size bar is 80 calories.  Do 20 squat jumps, 6 minutes of walking and 2 minutes of kettlebell swings.  If you accidentally eat three servings of Candy Corn, 450 calories, burn them off with 2 minutes of rowing, 2-minute plank and 15 minutes of running.


Mustang On the Roof

This is the time of year when we are used to hearing things hit our roofs…like acorns and stuff… or you could be the Michigan woman that went to inspect a loud sound she heard hit her roof while inside her home. It was no acorn…it was a Ford Mustang. 83-year-old Joyce Kingsley’s home was built next to a hill and the roof is nearly level with ground. Police say the driver had a medical problem, crashed through bushes and a tree, and wound up on her roof. Thankfully, everyone is okay.


GOP Debate Drinking Game

Today is Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  There is another GOP Debate so that means there is another GOP Debate Drinking Game.  A UFO called WT1190F is expected to hit Earth on November 13.  Saturday is Halloween.  Evidently, pet costumes exist.

GOP Debate Drinking Game

The people seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States will debate tonight on CNBC.  Another GOP Debate means another GOP Debate Drinking Game.  There are dozens to choose.

We do not recommend actually participating in one.  Look at these suggestions.  They would require substantial consumption.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR)…as in the one who tweeted during the recent Democratic debate that he trusts Bernie Sanders like “a North Korean chef with my labrador.” Drink when he smiles with his eyes.

Donald Trump…as in the one making SNL writers really excited. Drink when he calls somebody “low energy.”

Sen. Rand Paul (KY)…as in the libertarian who could potentially lose his Senate seat at home while running for prez. Drink when he says ‘yes, I’m still running.’

Dr. Ben Carson…as in the one with all the momentum.. Drink whenever he says he’s a “political outsider.” Or something you can’t hear.


A UFO is any unidentified flying object, not just one of suspected alien or supernatural origins.

There is a story about a UFO called WT1190F.  People called it “WTF” and it is expected to hit Earth on November 13.  For some reason, the unidentified flying object has a name.  So, you would think that would make it “identified.”

“WT1190F” isn’t expected to inflict any significant damage since much of it will probably burn up in the atmosphere. The remaining portion is expected to land in the ocean near Sri Lanka, meaning we may never know exactly what the mysterious debris is.

So, we know it exists, when it arrives, and where it is going.  But, it is “unidentified.”


Pet Costumes

Halloween is Saturday.  Will you dress up your pet?

Nicki Morse shares her barrel full of monkeys.  Check out more dogs who win at Halloween.

Barrel Full of Monkeys

Nicki’s Barrel Full of Monkeys