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!!!


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


Are Assault Weapons Toys Appropriate for Halloween Costumes?

A friend of mine went into a local pop-up store to look for a Halloween costume for her grandson.  She was horrified to find a rack of toy assault weapons that are paired with various costumes for boys.  She thought this inappropriate and insensitive.  She asked me to inquire with the store with what their policy was regarding the role of lethal weapons as appropriate for children.

I confirmed the assault weapons display and asked a clerk if they thought it questionable.

The clerk said, “it did.” But the clerk was just working a low-wage, temporary job and was glad to have it.

I called MomsRising, an organization devoted to safety of children who asked me to find out the company so they could ask to have the toy removed.  I talked to a manager who was, believe it or not, packing heat herself.  The real thing.

She said she grew up in Georgia with guns, was an expert, and felt comfortable having her gun in the store after once being held up herself.

Listen to Ellie Kinnaird’s commentary here

No sense talking with someone who not only did not make policy, but was fine with having assault weapons as toys.

My opinions on the proliferation of guns that results in 32,000 gun deaths a year in the United States, one-third of them suicides, is well known.  And I hear from gun advocates about protecting their second amendment rights.

Of course they don’t recognize the part of the Supreme Court decision that said, like most rights, the rights secured by the second amendment is not unlimited.

It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.

— Ellie Kinnaird




Halloween Draws 32,000 Attendees, 13 Arrests

Another Halloween is in the books, and Chapel Hill Police say it went fairly well.

About 32,000 people were on Franklin Street last Friday night; that’s been about the norm for the last five years, ever since Chapel Hill instituted its “Homegrown Halloween” policy to keep attendance down. Franklin Street closed to traffic at around 9:00 and reopened at 1:06 Saturday morning.

Read Danny Hooley’s full report from Franklin Street.

Chapel Hill Police reported 13 arrests and 29 EMS calls during the event; that’s up a bit from previous years, but all the charges were minor. Most of the EMS calls were alcohol-related; no major injuries have been reported.

The full police report is below:

Halloween on Franklin Street drew a peak crowd of approximately 32,000 people.
The streets were cleared of people at 12AM and opened to traffic at around 1:06AM, after being cleaned by Town crews.
There were a number of arrests made or citations issued in the closed area.
            1 person charged for Simple Assault
            2 people charged for Public Urination
            1 person charged for Simple Possession of Marijuana and Carry Concealed Weapon
            3 charges for Open Container of Alcohol
            3 charges for Drunk and Disruptive
            1 charge for Disorderly Conduct
            1 charge for Simple Affray (fighting)
            1 charge for Assaulting a Firefighter and for Resist, Delay or Obstruct
Orange County Emergency Services responded to 29 EMS calls within the closed event.  The majority of EMS calls were alcohol related.


It’s Halloween!

Friday is Halloween, and that means one of the biggest parties of the year in downtown Chapel Hill.

About 30,000 people are expected on Franklin Street for the annual Halloween celebration. Franklin Street will be closed downtown from 9:00 p.m. until midnight as costumed revelers take to the streets.

As per usual, the Town of Chapel Hill is trying to keep the party manageable: traffic into town will be restricted, parking downtown will be extremely limited, and Chapel Hill Transit routes will end early. About 400 police officers will be on hand as well, from a variety of municipalities in the area.

WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt about tonight’s festivities.


And Aaron also spoke with Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue about how the department is getting ready – and what you need to know.


For more information on Halloween, including attendance reports from previous years, visit TownOfChapelHill.org/Halloween.

Map of roads that will be closed for Halloween.

Map of roads that will be closed for Halloween.

From the Town of Chapel Hill:

Street Closures

Southbound traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd will be merged into one lane between Estes Drive and Rosemary Street.
Traffic on E. Franklin Street will be merged into one lane between Estes Drive and Raleigh Road.
Westbound traffic on E. Franklin Street will be merged into one lane prior to the intersection of Estes Drive.
Westbound lanes on South Road will be detoured onto Ridge Road to Manning Drive.
Westbound traffic on Manning Drive will be detoured south onto S. Columbia Street. Northbound traffic on S. Columbia Street will be detoured east onto Manning Drive. S. Columbia Street will be closed to northbound traffic at Manning Drive.
Beginning at about 9 p.m., some downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, including:

Franklin Street, from Raleigh Street to Mallette Street
Columbia Street, from Rosemary Street to Cameron Avenue
Raleigh Street, from East Franklin to Cameron Avenue
Henderson Street, from East Rosemary Street to East Franklin Street
Residential streets near downtown will be closed except to residents of those streets and their guests. View a map of street closures.


There will be LIMITED PARKING available in Town lots close to downtown; there will be no place for charter buses to drop off or pick up passengers.

Vehicles parked on streets to be closed will be towed beginning at 6 p.m.

Vehicles that are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed, with a minimum recovery cost of $105 plus the cost of the ticket.

Media vehicles will not be allowed to park inside the closed perimeter.

For the latest UNC public safety information on Halloween (street closures and parking restrictions) visit www.dps.unc.edu/Postings/breakingnews/viewBreakingNews.cfm

Prohibited Items

Town ordinances and State statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:

Alcoholic Beverages
Glass Bottles
Fireworks and Explosives
Flammable Substances
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.


Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will end service early on the D, F, J, NS and NU routes and EZ Rider to accommodate the Halloween celebration on Franklin Street. The following schedule modifications will be in effect:

D Route will end at 8:43 p.m. at the Sagebrook Apartments
F Route will end at 8:45 p.m. at Colony Woods
J Route will end at 8:56 p.m. at the Rock Creek Apartments
NS Route will end at 8:38 p.m. at Eubanks Park and Ride
NU Route will end at 8:29 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 http://bit.ly/174mvrJ. 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 bus shuttles operating from park and ride lots.

Questions: Please contact a CHT customer service representative at 919-969-4900 (press 1) or email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org.

Downtown Residents

The Town of Chapel Hill will make every effort to keep people who are attending the event from parking in your neighborhood. Access to your neighborhood will be limited by barricades and police personnel at the roads leading into your neighborhood. This will begin early in the evening.

Residents of the neighborhood will be able to drive in and out of the enclosed area. Tell the officer at the barricade where you live.
Your guests will also be able to enter and leave. They will need to tell the officer at the barricade exactly where they are going.
Illegally parked vehicles (even of residents, guests) will be ticketed and towed.
Traffic will be congested and getting past the barricades may be a slow process. We recommend that you plan accordingly.
Yard waste collection will be conducted as usual on Thursday, Oct. 31. Friday yard waste collections will be postponed to Friday, Nov. 8.


Reducing The Halloween Crowd On Franklin Street

CHAPEL HILL – Franklin Street is well-known in the Triangle as a Halloween hotspot; but police try to downsize the party more and more each year.

The most worn costume on Franklin Street Thursday night may be a police uniform. But these officers won’t be playing pretend.

“We are bringing in several hundred officers from departments all over the Triangle area,” Chapel Hill Public Information Officer, Sgt. Bryan Walker says.

Walker says the town of Chapel Hill is doing everything it can to limit the guest list for the annual celebration.

“We’ve tried to reduce the size of the crowd, and we’ve been fairly successful at doing that over the last few years, making it more of a local celebration,” Walker says, “As much fun as it is to come to Franklin and see the festivities, if you’re coming from out of town you’re going to have a hard time getting here.”

Shuttles to Franklin from outlying areas will be limited for crowd control. Lane and street closures downtown will make parking essentially unavailable.

Walker says they each Halloween is planned around lessons learned in years past. He says alcohol is the main cause of issues every year. He asks that pre-Franklin partying be kept under control

“We would encourage everyone that is going to be drinking before coming to Franklin Street to drink responsibly,” Walker says.

Walker also says it’s important to keep track of your friends whereabouts, and stay together.

“Don’t get separated and trust that your companions will make it home on their own,” Walker says.

Thursday night is a no-pets-allowed event.

“We have had a problem in years past with someone bringing a snake to an event like this,” Walker says, “When you’re in that crowd, shoulder to shoulder, and you’ve got a snake hanging around your neck, it tends to make people nervous.”

A few other things Walker says you should leave out of your bag of tricks and treats are weapons, fireworks, flammable substances, or anything that may be considered a threat to safety.

Aside from the rules in place to protect people, Walker says the Chapel Hill Police Department wants you to have a good time.

“We’re looking forward to this being another successful and safe Halloween in Chapel Hill,” Walker says.

Franklin Street will close to traffic, and open its door for the annual costume party at 9:00 p.m. Roads reopen two and a half hours later at 11:30.


Understanding “Obamacare”; Halloween Carnival; Blood Drive

CHAPEL HILL – The League of Women Voters of Orange/Durham/Chatham Counties will hold an educational program on Understanding the Affordable Care Act at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

The educational program will provide people with an understanding of the Affordable Care Act and its implementation in North Carolina.  The first session will be held on Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be free to the public.

The second session will take place on December 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

For more information call 919-968-2780.


Carrboro Town Commons will host the Annual Halloween Carnival along with a pumpkin carving contest on October 31.

People wanting to enter the pumpkin carving contest should bring their pre-carved pumpkin to the Carrboro Town Commons between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Citizens will be able to vote on the pumpkins during the Annual Halloween Carnival from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The winner will be announced at 8:15 p.m.

The Carnival will last until 8:30 p.m. and children will be able to make crafts, win prizes, and play carnival games.

For more information click here.


On October 31, OWASA and the American Red Cross will sponsor the annual Halloween blood drive at OWASA from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The blood drive will be held in the Community room on the lower floor of OWASA’s administrative building.  People who come to donate blood will be entered into a drawing for a $200 gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane. For more information click here.