Halloween in Madison
Join the City of Madison for some Halloween fun!
From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Halloween day, the city will host a Halloween Festival. This event is being held in lieu of Red, White and Boo.
Families and children are encouraged to dress up in costumes and head to Main Street, where the festival will be held between Mulberry and Broadway. There will be a petting zoo with over 20 animals, a juggler entertaining the crowd, a canine costume contest, vendors, candy, and more!
In addition to the Halloween Festival, city-wide Trick-or-Treating will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you choose to participate, please keep your porch light on during this time. For tips on socially distant ways to trick-or-treat safely this Halloween season, scroll down.
Honey Hills Farm and their 20 animal will be joining us for the Halloween Festival. The petting zoo will be located on Mulberry Street just south of Main Street. There will be a limit to the number of individuals allowed in the petting zoo at one time. While in line for, individuals must social distance.
Human Costume Contest
The City of Madison Halloween Festival Human Costume Contest is fun for everyone! Show off your creativity and have a great time with the potential to win some fabulous prizes.
The contest will begin at 11:30 a.m. All contestants must register no later than 11:30 a.m. on the 31st. Advance online registration is encouraged and available from now until Thursday, October 29th, at 3:00 p.m.
In-person registration will be available on Saturday, October 31st, outside City Hall from 11:00 a.m.- 11:30 ONLY. Late registrations will not be accepted.
For complete details on the costume contest, please click HERE.
To register in advance, click HERE.
K9 Costume Contest
The Halloween Festival K9 Costume Contest is a fun opportunity for K9 moms and dads to show off their fur-babies!
The k9 contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. All contestants must register no later than 1:30 p.m. on the 31st. Advance online registration is encouraged and available from now until Thursday, October 29th, at 3:00 p.m.
In-person registration will be available on Saturday, October 31st, outside City Hall from 1:00 p.m.- 1:30 ONLY. Late registrations will not be accepted.
For complete details on the k9 costume contest, please click HERE.
To register in advance, click HERE.
Tips to Safely Trick-or-Treat
If you choose to participate in traditional trick-or-treat this year, please take steps to do so safely. Here are a few suggestions to help ensure your family remains safe.
- Trick-or-treat with family members and close friends only. If your child has a "pandemic pod" at school, go with that group. Do not go with large groups outside of your typical social circle.
- Choose a costume that can incorporate a mask such as a doctor or a ninja, but remember to wear an appropriate mask and to wear the mask properly. Rubber and plastic costume masks do not help prevent the spread.
- Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it often.
- Consider using candy grabbers so kiddos can take their candy from a distance.
- Keep it small and only go to the houses of friends who you know are socially distancing to your comfort level.
- Keep your visits to each home short.
If you choose to hand out candy during trick-or-treat hours, please take steps to ensure the safety of the kids going door-to-door and remember to keep your porch light on from 6-8. Here are a few suggestions to safely hand out candy and goodies.
- Set up a table outside with pre-packaged treats available for kids to collect from a distance.
- Hang candy from low hanging tree branches or stake candy bags throughout your yard, allowing for kids not to make direct contact when collecting treats.
- Use candy grabbers to place candy in trick-or-treaters bags.
- Make a candy chute to distribute treats.
- Ditch the bowl and place individual candies or baggies on your porch step as trick-or-treaters approach.
Please remember to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Find the CDC's Trick or Treat Guideline's here; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/halloween.html..