As it nears time for ghosts and witches of all ages to take to the streets for treats, we thought we might provide you a few pieces of advice regarding Halloween as it is celebrated in the Triangle. So keep these things in mind come Friday, Oct. 31:
Chapel Hill Celebration To Be Toned Down
This year, Chapel Hill’s annual downtown costume ball on Franklin Street will be toned down from previous efforts due to concerns by public officials it is getting out of control, with an estimated 80,000 visitors attending last year’s event. For one, thing, the town has negotiated with local bars and restaurants to limit alcohol sales. As a result, on Halloween every bar and restaurant on Franklin Street will charge a minimum $5 cover charge starting at 10 p.m., and they will all close their doors to new patrons at 1 a.m.
Also, accessing the downtown area will be difficult. Starting at 8 p.m., inbound traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Estes Drive toward downtown and on East Franklin Street from Estes Drive toward downtown will be restricted to one lane, and one lane will be reserved for emergency vehicles.
If you have little children, you really do not want to go to this event, even though it is not restricted for families. It is more of an adult “dress-up” affair with cool outfits. Getting to and from it are never easy, and obviously will be less so this year. But if you like being among crowds of people on Halloween, go for it.
“Rocky Horror” at the Rialto in Raleigh
If you still want a costume contest for adults under less rigorous circumstances, then let’s do the Time Warp again and go to the Rialto Theatre for their big showing at midnight of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Again, though, do not take the kiddies, or rather you should not, since the movie is rated R.
Habitat Halloween 100 in Durham
For those of you with a more humanitarian bent, and want to do something with your kids too, why not benefit Habitat for Humanity of Durham? There are two events connected to this deserving charity. First, the Durham Jaycees are hosting their annual Haunted House fundraiser at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park which on Fri., Oct. 24 will be raising money for Habitat of Durham. Tickets are $7 at the door, with $2 off with the donation of a tape measure.
Then check out the fifth annual “spook-tacular” Halloween 100, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 1. The routes of 100, 62, or 31 miles are fully supported and start and finish at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown Durham. Prizes include “best costume.” For more details on both events, visit here.
Hope these events gave you some ideas for having fun. Keep in mind that whatever you do or wherever you go, weather forecasts are predicting us to have cool nights, so dress warmly. And don’t let the goblins get you, heh heh!