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Chapel Hill Scales Back Halloween Celebration

Bar owners will close their doors an hour earlier and there will be no shuttle buses from park and ride lots as Chapel Hill officials try to curb the wild partying that marks Halloween.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that town officials announced Tuesday that bars will close at 1 a.m. on Nov. 1 instead of 2 a.m.

Town officials had already announced that they will no longer offer shuttle buses from park and ride lots, a move designed to discourage out-of-towners from coming to Franklin Street to celebrate Halloween.

Last year, 80,000 people converged on downtown Chapel Hill. Police said 13 people were arrested and eight people were taken to UNC Hospitals. In 2006, police arrested 27 people, and a man was shot during a robbery.


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