In order to keep merchants in the Uptown area apprised of changes in parking and traffic patterns associated with the accommodation of “Athens Halloween”, the following is a list of tentative Police and Streets activities for Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th.

Friday, October 24th

  • 12:00 PM No parking on Mill from College to Putnam Streets until 5:00 a.m. Sunday, October 26th.
  • 4:00 PM Towing will begin on Mill from College to Putnam Streets.

Saturday, October 25th

  • 4:00 AM ALL meters will be bagged.
  • 1:00 PM All of the following street closings will take effect:
    • All of Court Street from President to Carpenter
    • West bound Park Place from University Terrace
    • President Street
    • State from Congress to College and a small section of Mill Street next to Court
    • Union from Congress to College
    • Washington from Congress to the Parking Garage
    • Richland Avenue northbound closed at S. Shafer

NOTE: All alleys that access Court Street will be closed at their intersection.

NOTE: Any merchant who needs to access their business or any deliveries that are necessarywill be permitted until 1:00 PM.

NOTE: Traffic from College to the Parking Garage will be maintained throughout the evening.


2014 Athens Halloween Block Party Band Schedule

The following list of bands will be performing at the 2014 Athens Halloween Block Party:

North Stage (Corner of Court and State St.)

7:00 PM Backwords
8:15 PM Mrs. Helen Highwater
9:30 PM Manitoa
10:45 PM DJ B-Funk
12:15 AM Jones For Revival
1:15 AM Music Ends

South Stage (Corner of Union and Court St.)

6:30 PM Dweeb
7:45 PM Sassafraz
9:00 PM Holy Spicoli
10:30 PM Bright At Night
12:00 AM Skashank Redemption
1:00 AM Music Ends

Lokoween Stage – Parking Lot Next to Attractions

6:00 PM Bohno
6:40 PM Air Marshall
7:20 PM Overwaves
8:00 PM Entel
8:40 PM Easty
9:20 PM Black Rabbit

Click for a printable schecule – 2014 band Schedule

ODOT asphalt work on SR682 and W. Union St near Athens through Sun 10/26, significant delays, seek alternate routes!


The Ohio Department of Transportation ODOT has announced that motorists can expect delays through this weekend (Oct. 25-26) on SR 682 and SR 56 (W. Union St.) near Athens and The Plains. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the paving project and use an alternative route.

City of Athens and Ohio University urge safety, civility during Halloween weekend festivities

Be Safe Be Civil Be Smart

The City of Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis today issued the following joint statement with regard to the upcoming Halloween festivities:

The City of Athens and Ohio University strongly encourage our residents and their visitors to be safe, civil, and smart during the upcoming Halloween festivities. Throughout the weekend, residents should expect an increased law enforcement presence and recognize that it takes the entire community to ensure a safe and clean Halloween.

We thank Ohio University faculty, staff, and students and City of Athens employees and community residents who will be volunteering their time this weekend to ensure a safe community. We ask all residents and visitors to exercise caution, responsibility, and intelligent decision making during the Halloween events. And we urge everyone to report any suspicious activities to the police or another appropriate authority.

Take care of one another and exercise good judgment as you celebrate Halloween in Athens. Thank you for your collective efforts toward promoting conduct reflective of our unique and cherished community.

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City of Athens Halloween Safety Teams Looking for Volunteers for Halloween Block Party on 10/25/14

Athens Pumpkin

The City of Athens is looking for volunteers to be involved with the Halloween Safety Teams.  The block party will take place on October 25th, 2014. The Safety Teams begin at 9 PM and continue until 2 AM. There are two shifts (9 PM to 11 PM and 11 PM to 2 AM). Volunteers can work one or both shifts.

The Safety Teams assist with the Halloween event by maintaining a presence in the uptown area and vicinity during the annual block party.  The Safety teams are primarily an information resource for event participants.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Safety Teams, please contact Ron Lucas, Deputy Service-Safety Director at (740) 592-3340 or by email at rlucas@ci.athens.oh.us