Love it, hate it, or entirely indifferent, the phenomenon of Halloween is a significant event in Madison every year. It's also one of the most discussed, with the partying, the policing, and every other element of the spectacle discussed and shared online by participants and observers.
Thursday, October 25
- "I'm sure everyone in this town will manage to find themselves a good time, whether it's at Freakfest or not" -- Bridget Maniaci
- A group of intermediate journalism students will be busy over the weekend reporting on Halloween around Madison -- UW Communications
- "With Halloween and University of Wisconsin Homecoming celebrations coming up this weekend, the Dane County Detox Center will have extra staff on duty to monitor intoxicated revelers" -- Alec Luhn @ UW J335
- "Try not to get in a fight with any one of the douche bags from the 'University of I don't go to this school and am such a loser that I have to come to your Halloween party and pick fights just to have fun'" -- Kyle Borchardt @ The Booze News
- "There should have been a happy medium between allowing belligerent assholes to break stuff and completely quarantining State Street of drunken debauchery" -- "Johnny Burst" @ The Booze News
- Avoiding the Halloween festivities on State Street -- Jessica Schallock
Wednesday, October 24
- "With the new trends of regulation, privatization and commercialization, Halloween in Madison is going to end up like the Notre Dame football program" -- Henry Weiner @ The Badger Herald
- "Halloween is a week from today, but people will start to feel an overwhelming urge to shed their identities and become someone else this weekend, especially on State Street here in Madison" -- "Madison Guy"
- "The monsters of Wisconsin are among us..." -- Nick Redfern
Tuesday, October 23
- "This year's Halloween celebration will undoubtedly feature shocking, unique costumes" -- Skye Kalkstein @ UW J335
- City of Madison and Frank Productions contract with RTM Security to handle the gates at Freakfest -- Alec Luhn @ UW J335
- "After conducting interviews with many young women about their Halloween costumes, I have to come an alarming conclusion.... That Halloween has become 'slutified'" -- Skye Kalkstein @ UW J335
- MPD Capt. Mary Schauf looks back at the Halloween riots on State Street in 2002 -- Quinn Craugh @ UW J335
- "Like everyone else on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Greek organizations are getting ready for the Halloween weekend" -- Danielle Lever @ UW J335
- UW food scientist Rich Hartel "answers some questions about candy and the candy business" in the spirit of Halloween -- UW Communications
Sunday, October 21
- Mallat Pharmacy and the St. Vincent de Paul in Stoughton are good sources for Halloween costumes -- "Local Yokle"
- "The Zombies have had it, and Saturday they were driven to take to the streets and demand their rights" -- "Madison Guy"
- "I went as a street preacher, and waited half way down State for the zombie hordes to arrive" -- "Chuck4"
Saturday, October 20
- "The Zombie Lurch went rather well, it was just as much fun as two years ago and not too much stress at all" -- "jinxedkisses"
- View thirty-plus photos of the undead lurching down State Street on Saturday --
- View several photos of the Madison Zombie Lurch on State Street early Saturday afternoon -- Jason Smathers @ The Badger Herald
- "Freakfest's success last year should not allow all control over the Halloween weekend be taken out of students' hands" -- The Daily Cardinal
Wednesday, October 10
- Part four of a report on the "Talking Spirits" history tour at Forest Hill Cemetery focusing on Madisonians living through the Civil War -- "Heather"
Tuesday, October 9
- Part three of a report on the "Talking Spirits" history tour at Forest Hill Cemetery focusing on Madisonians living through the Civil War -- "Heather"
Monday, October 8
- Part two of a report on the "Talking Spirits" history tour at Forest Hill Cemetery focusing on Madisonians living through the Civil War -- "Heather"
Sunday, October 7
- Part one of a report on the "Talking Spirits" history tour at Forest Hill Cemetery focusing on Madisonians living through the Civil War -- "Heather"
- "Women swept the first two places in the 3rd annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta at UW-Madison on Lake Mendota Saturday" -- "Madison Guy"
Tuesday, October 2
- "We, the people of People for the Ethical Treatment of People, are totally opposed to Scottish zombie comedian Angus MacAbre's modest proposal for preventing riffraff from ruining this year's Halloween celebration on State Street" -- PETP
Sunday, September 30
- The Coalition of the Living Dead will gather zombies for a lurch down State Street -- TDPF
Tuesday, September 25
- "The way things may be headed, the original attraction of the Halloween celebration will disappear, and in its place will be a jungle of marketing with advertisement in one form or another covering State Street" -- David Heller @ The Daily Cardinal
- "I don't doubt there will be yet more discussion and debate over the fate of the State Street shindig" -- Emily Mills
- "I argue in future years, Halloween in Madison without too much trouble could take on a SXSW format/feel" -- Bridget Maniaci
- Music lineup leaks and rumors continue for Freakfest -- Dane101
Monday, September 24
- "I see very little excuse for the booking of predominantly Christian rock bands at an event that celebrates a holiday with extremely non-Christian roots and, specifically to the State Street tradition, wildly non-Christian antics" -- Emily Mills
- Some tickets for Freakfest will have additional Ticketmaster service charges -- Dane101
Sunday, September 23
- "How do we get (back) to the point where the fill in the blank answer is 'Madison's Halloween is [fucking awesome]'?" -- Bridget Maniaci
Friday, September 21
- Unveiling a "modest proposal for preventing riffraff from ruining Halloween celebration on State Street and for making said riffraff beneficial to the public (particularly the zombie public)" -- "Angus MacAbre"
- The use of Ticketmaster for Freakfest 2007 is "going to add unnecessary cost to the price of tickets and probably lessen the amount of people who buy them and attend the event" -- Emily Mills
Wednesday, May 10
- "The presence of more bands, possibly bigger than local bands only, will just make the party that much more fun" -- Erik Opsal
More blogging and commentary about the holiday can be found in Madison Miscellany.