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Madison "Freakfest"

The number of arrests at this year's Halloween Freakfest are down, Madison police said in a Star Tribune news story.

As of Sunday afternoon 77 had been made, with many being for relatively minor offenses police said.

38,300 people bought tickets for this year's event, up from last year's 34,000 attendees.

An article from the Wisconsin State Journal gave a more detailed account of the festivities.

Last year, police made 125 arrests.

Due to the reduced arrest rates, city officials are declaring this year a success.

"This is the third year in a row that we were able to end the event peacefully," Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. "I can really say that we have truly turned the event around."

Party-goers began gathering at Madison's State Street early Saturday morning. Around midnight, the large crowds on State Street required police to close the block off for about 15 minutes and bring in mounted officers. The officers were then able to manage the large crowd of people near the main music stage.

Over 400 members of law enforcement were assigned to handle Freakfest and approximately 120 private guards also were on hand.

"If arrests remain low this year, next year, I think we'll be able to reduce our police presence," Mayor Cieslewicz said.