In the end, the most enjoyable aspect of this year's Halloween party on State Street was the costumes, just as it should be. Though crowd sizes were down and the western end of the street was lit up like a B-horror movie set by the police floodlights, a full spectrum of costumes remained in evidence. It is this spectacle, after all, not the kind involving confrontations with police, that made Madison a byword for Halloween in the first place.
Four short video clips of the costumed revelry follow below.
The first clip shows the parade as seen in the 500 block of State Street around midnight.
The second clip depicts the crowds gathering at the intersection of State and Frances streets between the University Inn and State Street Brats. This is typically one of the busiest areas of the event.
The third clip depicts the revelry on the 300 block of State Street, with the Capitol dome looming at the horizon.
The fourth clip shows the parade of costumes on the 200 block of State Street, adjacent to the Overture Center.