The second year of the Hilloween carnival and costume parade drew an even more robust mob of costumed kids and chaperones to the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce-backed celebration in Cal Anderson and round of early trick-or-treating along Broadway.
The community celebration was all about creating good times for little people. With Recess Monkey providing the soundtrack for dancing and the Chaotic Noise Marching Corps leading the parade, a good time was had by all. No, really. We checked. Every single person had a good time. Even you.
Future plans for the event could draw an even larger crowd with a possible push into Pike/Pine and a few more features added for the bigger kids of Capitol Hill. In the meantime, it’s interesting to note how the invasion of Broadway by a few hundred children in costumes reveals both the blessings and the curses of the current condition of the street. The sidewalks were full and bustling — but the walk along the empty stretch by the light rail construction site was a daunting path for little feet. “Where is the candy?” asked on trick-or-treater. “Keep walking,” said dad.
Also worthy of note — Capitol Hill continues to have some very creative big people. Several excellent creations were again on display. But hand-crafted or store-bought, we all know the secret is how you wear it and work it. Here’s to you, Spider Men.
More pictures from the day are below. We’ve posted even more on the CHS Facebook page. We’ll also have some more images from the weekend’s grown-up Halloween fun to prime your pump for the real deal on Wednesday. Trick-or-treat tips to come, too.