Halloween on Franklin Street is one of the highlights of the semester. This year the spooky season spans two weekends, as folks are hosting themed parties before and after Halloween. Going out and navigating party culture at Carolina always presents some challenges, and we want to help you have a ghoulishly good time.
Here are some of our tips to avoid a Halloween scare.
1. Have a plan for the night.
Oct. 31 sees tens of thousands of people on the streets of downtown Chapel Hill. It’s easy to get lost admiring all the costumes and be squished between people. So, make sure you and your friends establish checkpoints at specific times and locations throughout the night. Also, it's good to have a meeting place in mind for the end of the evening to regroup before everyone heads their separate ways.
2. Go with friends and STAY with them.
Traveling with one or two friends is much safer than going alone. If you do get separated, though, follow tip one.
3. Hydrate before you die-drate.
Between the stuffy costumes, Franklin Street trekking and party beverages, water will be your friend. Your morning-after self will thank you, too.
4. You don’t need to go to frats.
Frats, shmats… A lot of new students at Carolina think that frats are the only place to go to have a good time, but we'd say that house parties are way more fun.
5. Your phone might not have signal.
Large crowds can jam cellular networks. This makes it hard to text or call your friends during Halloween on Franklin Street. Prepare for this scenario by following tips one and two.