Freakfest: Madison's much different halloween celebration

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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014 --- 6:00 p.m.

Madison --- Freakfest: Madison's infamous Halloween party is set for this Saturday. Police say, Freakfest this year will look a lot like recent years, and much safer than what Halloween used to be on State Street.

"The transition years when we went from the bad years to the good years, I would have countless young ladies come up to me going I feel safe this year for the first time," said Lt. Dave McCaw, with the Madison Police Department.

"Gates open at 7:00 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m.," said Tag Evers, with Frank Productions.

Halloween on State Street is much different these days. Three stages featuring well known acts.

"There's an artist named American Authors from Brooklyn, New York. American Authors had one of the top singles of the year in a song named best day on my life," said Evers.

To make sure the party is enjoyable, and peaceful extra police will be staffed throughout the weekend.

"The security people will be there, officers from MPD or the Sheriff's office will also be there," said Lt. McCaw. Monitoring the crowd, while keeping the new safe reputation going.

"The police enjoy doing this now that it's much safer for them," said Lt. McCaw.

If you're heading to Freakfest, no alcohol is allowed and any costumes with fake weapons are banned.

Road closures should also be expected throughout the night.