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    Halloween celebrations are crippled by heightened restrictions

    By Julian Lindsay Residents of Chapel Hill love Halloween, and go out of their way every year to make it an exciting time. More than anything else, they engage extensively in the sharing of costumes. It has become a treasured tradition of the Chapel Hill community to host a massive Halloween-themed gathering on the night of the holiday. Guests are invited to bring costumes and peruse the streets of downtown Chapel Hill at their leisure, admiring the creativity of their fellow attendees. The Homegrown Halloween gathering, beginning in the early 1980s, continues to grow and thrive each year for those seeking a special, seasonal thrill. As with any public festivity…

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    “Homegrown Halloween” aims to take the fright out of Franklin Street

    By Emma Brodey and Vivian Scimone Halloween on Franklin Street is a longstanding Chapel Hill tradition, and one that East students love to attend. Every year on Halloween night, UNC students, surrounding residents, and even visitors from far away gather on Franklin Street tocelebrate the spooky holiday. In recent years this event has grown to huge numbers, with up to 80,000 people packing together on Franklin Street in one night. The late-night event was also known for its occasionally rowdy and not-so-family-friendly atmosphere. In response to the unmanageable size of the event, the Town of Chapel Hill has launched a new “Homegrown Halloween” effort. Town Manager Roger L. Stancil initiated…

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    Halloween activities

    By Landis Urquhart Halloween is just around the corner, and ones who love scary things can find many ways to spend the day. Read on to find a variety of spooky Halloween adventures! Franklin Street Franklin Street is Chapel Hill’s biggest and most popular halloween celebration. Thousands of students and Chapel Hill residents dress up in costumes and go to Franklin street on the night of Halloween to celebrate the holiday. Many people share ridiculous costumes and Halloween spirit. Trick-or-treating Although most teenagers think they are too old to trick or treat, it is never too late. You can tag along with your younger sibling, or just go with your…

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    Bacch: Pumpkin products

    By Vicki Lai and Zhen Hu Everyone is buying pumpkins. Everyone. And while we at ECHO agree that carving the guts out of each of these melons is squelchy satisfaction, we also agree that they can make some pretty delicious treats – guts intact. So, in preparation for Halloween, we sampled and critiqued these pumpkin-based culinary creations. Pumpkin Seeds – Trader Joe’s Rating: 3 pumpkins What do you do with all those pumpkin seeds once you’ve spooned out every last one? Well, apparently nothing, since Trader Joe’s has them cooked beyond anything we could whip up ourselves. Their ‘Raw Pepitas’ pumpkin seeds are fantastic. At first glance, they’re a greenish-gray…