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  1. The official name for the downtown celebration of Halloween in Madtown. The event takes place on State Street. The cost for admission in 2007 was $5 and included access to a variety of bands. Posted by: madtown88 on Apr 17, 2008 (3) (0)
  2. Freakfest isn't quite what Halloween used to be. It has become more controlled and commercial since they started charging admission. Posted by: Anonymous on Aug 31, 2009 (2) (0)
  3. Freakfest: The newly renamed premier Halloween event in Madison, WI on State Street. Numerous corporations as well as the city of Madison now sponsor the event in a controlled manner, providing security and music in the form of bands. One of the first bands that performed during Freakfest involved an acoustic guitar...during Halloween...on State a song about how sad the lead singer was about losing his girlfriend. Attendance at Freakfest during 2006 and 2007 was expectedly, lower than previous years. Posted by: BadgerJoe on Jul 05, 2008 (2) (0)
  4. Freakfest is a city sponsored event on state street that was invented in 2007 for the sole purpose of coopting the spontaneous unsponsored event that had been taking place for years before. Before freakfest was invented, halloween on state street was known for being a wild drunken costume party where the attendees frequently clashed with police. Freakfest was invented in an attempt quell the reoccurence of these "riots." Posted by: EarlCameron on Jul 04, 2008 (2) (0)
  5. Freakfest now features live music, whereas State Street halloween parties in past did not. Freakfest 2009 will feature a number of different bands, including "Cage the Elephant", a band from Bowling Green, KY. Posted by: Anonymous on Sep 11, 2009 (1) (0)
  6. I remember back in the 70's and 80's the amount of people packing state street was unbelievable. They started to control the event when an ambulance couldn't reach a downed participant and they died that night. There were other times when the drunken debouchery reached new heights and occasional clashes with the police were not unheard of. Posted by: slpaff on Dec 02, 2009 (0) (0)
  7. The 2009 Freakfest music line-up includes Third Eye Blind, Elephant Cage, Push Play, Will Calder, as well as some others to be announced. While many would deride the commercial nature of the event since the recent measures to prevent rioting, the live music is definitely an added benefit. Posted by: Anonymous on Sep 18, 2009 (0) (0)
  8. The Midwest's best Halloween party, bar-none. People come up from Chicago, or over from the Twin Cities for this event. Posted by: Anonymous on Sep 19, 2009 (0) (1)
In front of the stage at Freakfest at the top of State Street
In front of the stage at Freakfest at the top of State Street
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Freakfest 2008 in Madison, WI
Here are some shots of what goes on at Freakfest, in case you're thinking about attending in 2010.
Wisconsin State Journal's take on Freakfest

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