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


Multi-day

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 contact@madisonminutes.com! Maybe we could put a few in the newsletter?