The temperature was a little colder than normal, but the activity level was hot in Hamilton on Halloween. The Hamilton Downtown Association held their annual kids parade on Main Street, led by the Montana Highway Patrol and a big blue dinosaur (see photo below). There was a huge turnout of families doing some safe trick or treating at local businesses just before sunset. There was even a flash mob from Groovs studio that had some very young dancers moving to Michael Jackson's Thriller music.

The usual "hot spots" for trick or treat had overflow crowds and drivers were avoiding the active Halloween participants. By the way, the annual candy "Buy Back" starts Monday at Canyon View Dental, 710 North First in Hamilton. They will pay $2 per pound for your leftover candy. The candy will be sent overseas to our troops, with the help of the Hamilton UPS Store. The candy collection will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, November 4-7.

The Hamilton Downtown Association kids parade, led by a supposedly extinct animal. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)