Wisconsin-Purdue: Halloween Brings Out the Best in Madison

Sam OlesonCorrespondent INovember 2, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Scott Tolzien #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers throws a pass to Garrett Graham #89 of the Badgers during the first half of a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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If I've learned anything from my years in Madison, it's that Halloween definitely brings out the best in the town.

This year was no exception.

44,000 people roaming State Street, a hockey sweep over New Hampshire, and a Third Eye Blind concert near the Capitol highlighted the weekend.

Am I missing anything?

Oh yeah, the Wisconsin Badgers football team only recorded the biggest blowout, shutout win in the Big Ten since 1991 with their 37-0 spanking of the Purdue Boilermakers.

Although there was a noticeable portion of the student section that never filled up (the 11:00 start time definitely played a part in that), the students that attended the game were as loud and rowdy as ever.

The great part about a football game on Halloween, though, is that the "Sea of Red" that is normally the student section during any other game becomes more like a rainbow.

Costumes were everywhere.

If you attended the game, you may have seen a gorilla stalking the bleachers, the Cookie Monster shoving cookies in his mouth, or even a few Bret Bielemas.

Even Wisconsin's mascot, Bucky Badger, had a few costumes. A ninja, a ghost, Batman, and the Joker were all a part of Bucky's costume repertoire.

There was definitely a sense of "let's get out of here" after the Badgers pulled ahead by a large amount, but the atmosphere was still electric through the first three quarters.

For Halloween weekend, that's not bad.

A Badgers win and great costumes?

That's good for one awesome weekend.