It did not matter what the weather was like. Families in many neighborhoods got out to celebrate Halloween a few days early. In Medford, dozens of people lined the street in costumes. Some kids marching in the parade borrowed special outfits from the Medford-area Chamber of Commerce.
"I am the Christmas mouse," said 10-year-old Robbi Lekie, taking her mouse head off. "I think it's very cool because you get to see all the other people dressed up."
This year's theme is a salute to local heroes. Folks got a chance to look at a Black Hawk military helicopter from the inside and talk to pilots on the ground.
"I've never been in a helicopter before," said five-year-old Adrian Felix, sitting in a Black Hawk wearing a tiny Packers uniform costume.
"I love to see the kids," said Major Steve Watkins with Wisconsin's Army National Guard. "It's neat to show them the helicopter and tell them all about the aircraft and tell them that they too can fly, and they too can be in the army or National Guard."
Pilots stayed near the helicopter to answer questions, sign autographs or have pictures taken.