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Madison Halloween 2006 videos: Take a tour of the MPD arrest processing center

If you were arrested at the Halloween revelry on State Street this year, you're already familiar with the arrest process. For those who weren't, though, the Madison police department briefly opened the doors to its arrest processing center on Saturday night. About 15 members of the media, mostly broadcast, were given a briefing and permitted to shoot footage of the center, which was located in the parking garage beneath the City-County Building. Brief videos documenting the briefing and the arrest center follow below. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 videos: Two midstream interviews about Freakfest on State Street

By 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night, city officials and law enforcement were already feeling good about the outcome of the Halloween parties on State Street. Though there were at least three hours remaining in the event, crowds size and arrest numbers were down from last year, something that made some time for a media tour of the city's arrest processing center for the event. This brief tour was led by Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and MPD spokesperson Mike Hanson. Brief interviews with both follow below. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 photos: Our first look at Freakfest on State Street

The 2006 edition of Halloween in Madison concluded successfully without any major incidents. Thanks to this, the visual emphasis of the party was dominated appropriately by costumes, and not by clouds of pepper spray. Isthmus production design artist David Michael Miller shot these pictures during a couple of trips up and down State Street on Saturday night. His photo gallery depicting the costumes and cops is available velow. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006: A live account of the Saturday night Freakfest on State Street

Madison's four-year streak of ending the annual downtown Halloween revelry with pepper spray and riot gear has ended, as crowds dispersed in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 29. Police estimate that the crowd reached about 30,000 at its peak, a huge drop from recent years. They also report a total of 143 arrests, nearly two hundred less than in 2005. In all, city agencies and leadership consider the event broad success. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 photos: State Street police presence was vast on Friday

Compared to the Friday night State Street Halloween party in 2005, last night was relatively calm. There were only 68 arrests compared to some 125 in 2005, for starters. The police also implemented their downtown traffic plan much later this year to, barring traffic from crossing State Street around midnight rather than earlier in the evening. Working in collaboration with The Daily Page, The Daily Cardinal photographer Chris Guess captured images of the crowds and law enforcement up and down State Street on Friday night (and early Saturday morning). A photo gallery focusing on the police follows below. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006 photos: The Friday night costume parade on State Street

Though the crowds on Friday night were fairly small ' estimated by the Madison police department to reach about 10,000 persons at its midnight peak ' there was no shortage of costumes on display. Just about any cultural reference you can think of -- online, retro, horror, film, comic books, and the naughty (fill in the blank) clichà -- was in evidence on State Street. Working in collaboration with The Daily Page, The Daily Cardinal photographer Chris Guess captured images of the crowds and costumes up and down State Street on Friday night (and early Saturday morning). A photo gallery focusing on costumes follows below. >More
 Madison Halloween 2006: A live account of Friday night on State Street

The first night of the 2006 Halloween weekend in Madison was a generally low-key affair, with crowd sizes and numbers of arrests both down when compared to 2005. There was still plenty of fun to be had, though, as State Street crowds swelled to about 10,000 at their midnight peak. More than anything else for all persons involved in every aspect of the event, the night served as a warm-up for Saturday. >More
 Blogging Madison Halloween 2006 and Freakfest on State Street: Friday

As the pace of preparations quickens and anticipation builds for the 2006 edition of Halloween in Madison, online documentation of the event grow too. The holiday has always been well-trodden ground among bloggers and photographers attending the festivities, but this year self-publishing is reaching a fever pitch. >More
 The state of Freakfest ticket sales on Friday afternoon

The two trailers selling tickets to Freakfest on State Street were fairly busy by late Friday afternoon, with a more-or-less continuous stream of purchasers approaching all four sales windows to conduct their Halloween business. One of the persons conducting the sales was Laura Whitmore, the community relations coordinator for the city's Parks Departments. A brief interview with Whitmore follows below. >More

 Madison Halloween 2006: Taking a deep Friday afternoon breath on State Street

Over the course of a mere hour or so on Friday afternoon, the din and hum of State Street changed appreciably. The preparations for the first big night of Halloween were coming together, with signs of this appearing everywhere. Photos of State Street on an expectant Friday afternoon are available in the gallery below. >More
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