The best Halloween events in Madison

The best Halloween events in Madison

All the events. All the music. All the scary movies.

Hi there!

Yes, Freakfest is cancelled this year. There's still a lot going on, though.

Looking to celebrate a sober holiday? Check out the trivia event at the zoo on Friday.

Looking for kid-friendly stuff? We've got you covered. Keep scrolling for more.

- Sam


Monday, Oct. 25

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Wednesday, Oct. 27

  • Panel: Clean Air, climate, and equity organized by the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Learn about the major sources of air pollution in Wisconsin, the communities most affected, and the potential for a multi-solving approach to address air quality, climate, and equity concerns. 4:30 p.m. Virtual. Free.
  • “Casper” screening on the 100 Block of State Street. 5:30 p.m. Free.
  • “Decoding the News” with David Wallace, former business/tech reporter. Learn how to go beyond the headlines and skip the bias, hype and noise with effective tools and tactics. Hosted by Dreambank. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.
  • Mad City Story Slam at State Line Distillery. A night of drinks and spooky stories. 6 p.m. Free.
  • Public Information Meeting: Fire Station 6 Remodel and Addition. 6 p.m. Virtual.
  • Bleachers at The Sylvee. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show: 8:00 p.m.Tickets start at $36.
  • Speaker: David Brooks of The New York Times hosted by the La Follette School of Public Affairs. 7 p.m. In-person tickets sold out. Virtual option available for free.

Thursday, Oct. 28

  • Rooftop happy hour with Loverboy at Camp Trippalindee. 4:40-6:30 p.m. $10.
  • “Descended” film screening at Hamel Music center. The film is an abstract ghost story inspired by the life and work of Lafcadio Hearn, an overlooked 19th-century writer and cultural preservationist. 5:30 p.m. Free.
  • Storytelling During the Abortion Access Crisis, presented by Planned Parenthood. “At a time when abortion rights across the country are being stripped and Roe is in danger, join us to learn about how to effectively tell your Planned Parenthood story.” 6 p.m.
  • Bus Rapid Transit 30% Design - Downtown with Metro Transit. Learn more about the downtown segment of the upcoming bus rapid transit line including station locations. 6 p.m. Virtual. Free.
  • Selies at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
  • Paul Dietrich at North Street Cabaret. 8 p.m. $10.
  • Schlock and Awe at The Rigby. Comedians do commentary over 1985 Italian horror classic “Demons” (which is about demons). 9 p.m. Free show, donations welcome.

Friday, Oct. 29

Saturday, Oct. 30

Sunday, Oct. 31

💡 Oh no we're post repeaters. I'm sharing this post again because the last day for the GLEAM light installation show at Olbrich Botanical Gardens is Saturday.

Tickets are $11 for Olbrich members, $15 for non-members, $7 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under.

✋ But wait... there's more!

We're not the only ones rounding up interesting events for you. Here are some more guides from other organizations in town:

👋 Goodbye from the Berry Boys (me and Phillip last Halloween). If you take cute Halloween pictures this year, email them to us at! Maybe we could put a few in the newsletter?