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City of Madison plans alternative Halloween programming after canceling Freakfest – WKOW

MADISON (WKOW) — The City of Madison Parks Department announced two days of Halloween celebrations in the downtown area, as it will not be hosting Freakfest for the third year in a row. 
A press release stated alternative planned programming is as follows:
Wednesday, October 26
Saturday, October 29
Freakfest had previously been canceled for COVID-19 concerns. This year, a spokesperson for Madison Parks stated “the City has moved away from a formal/sanctioned event for Halloween, also known as Freakfest, and again there will be no formal event this year.”
The City of Madison will be taking additional precautions on Halloween weekend including a glass ban on State Street and closures of Streateries at 6:00 p.m., according to a press release. 
There are no formal events planned downtown for Monday, October 31. The City of Madison also noted there is no UW football game or homecoming planned during Halloween weekend this year. 
Additional fall and Halloween festivities in Dane County can be found here
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