State Street Halloween Party
|State Street Halloween Party|
State Street Halloween Party, Madison, WI
|Date(s)||Varies by year|
|Location(s)||State St. Madison, WI|
The State Street Halloween Party, renamed Freakfest in 2006, is an annual Halloween party in Madison, Wisconsin.
On Halloween State Street is a gathering place for tens of thousands of party-goers who come from several states. Before the city began charging admission, the festival saw crowds of up to 100,000, many dressed in costume, but in recent years the crowds have been a fraction that size.
City government influence
The Halloween celebration, which lasts all weekend, has often culminated in rioting, contributing to its "wild" reputation. As a result, the celebration has become a point of contention in local government. The cost of additional police force, the potential of damage to local businesses, and the protection of the city's reputation have prompted the concern of Madison leaders, some of whom have suggested canceling the event altogether. The university has also taken steps to curtail Halloween mayhem, including restrictions on guests at University residence halls during the weekend.
In the summer of 2006, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz unveiled the city's plan for the upcoming Halloween events on State Street. The plan at its core consisted of blocking off State Street, charging five dollars for admission from select points of entry and closing off the street at midnight. The price has increased since.
As of 2006, the city government officially calls the party "Freakfest." It includes both films and live performances by nationally known bands. The 2008 version of Freakfest had O.A.R. as its headliner and took place on November 1.
Attendance and arrest rates
|2001||60,000 to 120,000||0|
|2003||65,000 Fri; 40,000 Sat||350 (180 Fri, 170 Sat)|
|2005||100,000||334 to 566|
|City government took control of the event|
|2006||32,000||148 to 230|
|2007||34,000||181 (55 Fri, 126 Sat)|
Performers who have appeared at the State Street Halloween Party include:
- Third Eye Blind an alternative rock
- Cage The Elephant
- Push Play
- Hot Chelle Rae
- Priscilla Renea
- The Nod
- Fever Marlene
- Donavon Frankenreiter
- The Hard Lessons
- Thriving Ivory
- The Dollyrots
- The Box Social
- Channel 3000
- The Daily Page
- Channel 3000
- Knutsen, Kristian (2008-09-24). "O.A.R. to headline Freakfest 2008 Halloween party in Madison". The Isthmus. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- "Freakfest On State Street FAQ Information". Channel3000. Retrieved 2009-12-22.