Chapel Hill streets fill for annual Halloween party

Authorities in Chapel Hill are ready for a massive Halloween party on Franklin Street.
November 1, 2013 4:20:55 AM PDT
Tens of thousands of people packed onto Franklin Street in Chapel Hill Thursday night for the city's annual Halloween bash.

Police were out in full force trying to keep everyone in check.

From scary zombies to Halloween royalty, there were some pretty creative costumes.

Police say the crowd was smaller than last year.

After years of swelling attendance, police have been trying to shrink the event and make it local only.

"Our interest has been to shrink this event and return it to an entirely local event and they've succeeded," said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. "Six or seven years ago, we had people driving from all over the state and even out of state, to come to this event and it swelled to over 80,000 people, which was clearly an unsafe and unmanageable condition."

Since 2007, the town has made a concentrated effort to cut those crowds by cutting off parking in downtown, changing bus routes, and closing the street for exactly two and a half hours.

"If you can walk to Franklin Street, you can come," said Blue. "Otherwise, you might as well not try."

They closed the street from 9 to 11:30 p.m. to vehicular traffic.

There were no arrests reported.

In Raleigh, ghosts and goblins invaded the Executive Mansion.

Gov. Pat McCrory welcomed dozens of trick or treaters. He handed out candy to all of the children, and cookies to the adults.

In Fayetteville, police were out in full force making sure everyone was safe. Police say there were no incidents or pedestrian accidents in the city.

Police estimate a couple of thousand children were out and about for Halloween -- hopping from house to house collecting candy.

There were double the amount of officers out patrolling throughout the evening.

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