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MADISON HALLOWEEN

Madison Halloween 2006 photos: Views of a receding Freakfest

Crowd sizes were down at Freakfest on State Street, the brand applied to this year's Halloween revelry on the Saturday night before Halloween. Reaching close to six figures in recent years, the peak crowd size last weekend reached somewhere between 30 and 40,000 per police estimates. Numerous explanations of this change have been given, most focusing upon the changing reputation of the event and the city's more aggressive plans to contain and end the party early. A photo gallery focusing on revelry as seen from afar is available below. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 videos: Four final views of costumes on parade

In the end, the most enjoyable aspect of this year's Halloween party on State Street was the costumes, just as it should be. Though crowd sizes were down and the western end of the street was lit up like a B-horror movie set by the police floodlights, a full spectrum of costumes remained in evidence. It is this spectacle, after all, not the kind involving confrontations with police, that made Madison a byword for Halloween in the first place. Four short video clips of the costumed revelry follow below. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 photos: Freakfest policed to a quiet conclusion

There were more than 250 police out on State Street for the Halloween festivities on Saturday night and Sunday morning of last weekend. They were the human component of a law enforcement plan that included two command centers running a system of surveillance cameras, a loudspeaker sound system, and last but not least, a troop of mounted police. A photo gallery focusing on the police is available velow. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 videos: Mighty Short Bus plays Freakfest

One of the most highly-praised elements of the city's approach to managing the Halloween party on State Street was the placement of the main entertainment stage at the Capitol end of State Street. Drawing an increasingly large crowd through Saturday night, the stage was instrumental in reducing crowd sizes at the usual flashpoints for trouble five blocks to the west. The final act to perform was the Madison-based Mighty Short Bus, who play a guitar-heavy rock sound. Two brief clips of the Mighty Short Bus show -- shot by Isthmus production design artist David Michael Miller -- follow below. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 videos: I Voted for Kodos plays at Freakfest

One of the biggest changes for this year's Halloween festivities on State Street consisted of two stages featuring live music through much of the night. The penultimate act to perform at the main stage on Capitol Square was Madison's own I Voted for Kodos, a pop/punk/ska five-piece that's currently working> on new material. Two brief clips of I Voted for Kodos' performance -- shot by Isthmus production design artist David Michael Miller -- follow below. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 photos: The Saturday night Freakfest costume parade on State Street

As this year's Halloween festivities on State Street ended without the kinds of trouble that had become frustratingly rote over the last four years, much more emphasis can be placed on the costumes. With a crowd about three times the size of Friday's yet less than half of those in recent year (estimated by the MPD at about 35,000), there were costumes of every type, size, taste and quality. A photo gallery focusing on costumes -- including Elvis, coneheads, Transformers, and the Milwaukee Brewers' sausages -- is available below. >More
 The end of a tradition?

Some observers called the early Sunday morning hours on State St. "deader than a Thursday night," which is music to the ears of cops and city officials. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006: Horses yes, pepper spray no

Teams play dodgeball in front of the Yellow Jersey as a pirate and a fairy toss "pixie dust" at one another. One of the ubiquitous naughty female cops is taking pictures with a real officer, who's grinning ear to ear. But when police ask people to leave at 1:30 a.m. -- as the time is set to fall back a half hour later -- many don't want to comply. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 videos: Freakfest on State Street ends

By the time 1:30 a.m. approached early Sunday morning, Freakfest on State Street had been running for nearly six hours. It was about to end, though. In order to avoid the extra hour wrought by the end of Daylight Savings Time, city organizers and law enforcement ended the party one half-hour before clocks were to fall back, and some 90 minutes before bar time. The gates were closed and police officers began clearing the streets. Every section of State Street cleared quickly with the exception of the 500 block and the adjacent intersection of State, Gilman and Broom streets. Four short video clips of the gathering follow below. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 videos: In and out at the Lake St. gates

Though every gate in and out of Freakfest on State Street was utilized on Saturday night by Halloween revelers, the busiest one by far was located at the west end of the party. The wait fluctuated through the night, due in part to both new arrivals and the return visits of people grabbing a bite from the food carts in Library Mall. >More
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