Following years of mayhem including riots, downtown Madison’s Halloween party is on its fourth year as a ticketed, city sponsored event
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz says the modern version, Freakfest, has really changed in recent years.
“We have not had a serious incident at Freakfest for over four years,” says Mayor Dave.
With popular 90’s act, Third Eye Blind headlining, Cieslewicz says Freakfest is basically a music festival with costumes.
Although the State Street gathering is geared toward a college aged crowd. Mayor Dave expects the crowd to include more alum this year as it coincides with a Badger football home game.
At least 200 police officers will be on hand Saturday which 80 fewer than last year. The mayor says they actually started the scaling cops back in 2008, after the initial bump in security.