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Freakytown returns this weekend

Freakytown is set to transform the courthouse square into a festive Halloween scene this weekend. 

The event is from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Oct. 27 and will fill the the Court Square and main streets with candy, games, a bounce house, witch’s brew and more. 

“This event is completely free for the community,” Madison County Chamber of Commerce President Tessa Rehkop said. “It even draws attendees from neighboring towns. I think we get so many attendees because it’s free family fun in a safe environment.” 

Rehkop said parents do not have to worry about vehicle traffic or visiting unfamiliar homes, creating a safe fun environment.

“This is a free, family event where local businesses and organizations provide Halloween candy and activities,” Rehkop said. “The main streets and Court Square are blocked off so kids can safely trick-or-treat.”

This is the first year the Madison County Chamber of Commerce is completely hosting the event. Other than the change of organizers this year will also be a pet free event.

“We loved seeing the animals in their costumes the previous year but we want to focus the event around the safety of our children and make them feel as safe as possible,” Rehkop said. 

Rehkop asked that everyone leave their pets at home this year.

“Honestly, my favorite part is always seeing how creative people get with their costumes,” Rehkop said. “We’re also trying to do a contest this year among the businesses and organizations to see who can get the most creative with their store front or booth. We’ll post pictures on our Facebook page and the most liked will be the winner, which we’ll announce and award on Halloween.”

The JROTC will host its annual Costume Contest at the Post Office with registration beginning at 4 p.m. The contest only has a limited amount of entry positions and is known for filling up fast.

Then on your way home you can stop by the Haunted House on N. Chamber Dr. at the Fredericktown Fire and Police Community Coalition Training Facility. The cost is $7 per entry and all proceeds go to the Fredericktown Fire Department. The scary fun begins as night falls and ends at 10 p.m.

For more information about Freakytown or the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, they can be contacted at

Crowds gather along South Main Street at the 2017 Freakytown event.

Crowds gather along South Main Street at the 2017 Freakytown event.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at

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