Pikes/Pines | The five creepiest crawlies you’ve never heard of that live with you on Capitol Hill

From: The Habitats Humans Provide: Factors affecting the diversity and composition of arthropods in houses

Have you ever been home alone, watching Stranger Things or listening to My Favorite Murder, and started jumping at the sudden hum of the refrigerator, brandishing your ice-cream spoon down the dark hallway to the bathroom? I have good news for you. We are never, ever alone in our homes. We all have other creatures living in our homes, no matter how scrubbed, swept, and sterilized our apartments and houses on the Hill may appear.

From the time that people began living inside dwellings, we’ve had other creatures alongside us. Some are imperceptible, bacteria, viruses, archaea, and fungi. Others, like insects and arachnids, are decidedly more noticeable. In 2016, a press worthy study by North Carolina State University researchers was published, reporting findings from an exhaustive, purportedly first-ever survey of the arthropods (invertebrates of the phylum that includes spiders, insects, and crustaceans) in our homes. Of the 50 houses the authors surveyed in the Raleigh, North Carolina, 100% had arthropods living in them. In fact, they had far more than anyone guessed, and they collected over 10,000 individual specimens representing nearly 600 species of arthropods, with homes hosting an average of 93 species, from 62 families.

Though I doubt this revelation eases your movie induced paranoia, below are five common house guests that you may or may not have even heard of, but may have been living inches from all your life.

Psocoptera (Image: Wikipedia)

1) Booklice (Order Psocoptera) — Unlike their blood sucking cousins, booklice like to chew rather than suck. Mostly they like to munch on fungus, food bits, and other detritus but they will also happily chew on the glue of our book bindings and wall paper and can in some instances infest food. Seeing a few of these opaque flattened creatures is nothing to be alarmed about, but if you happen to collect old books in damp places, be mindful.  People often confuse book lice with bed bug nymphs or termites which are far more alarming.  Continue reading

Hilloween is alive! Broadway BIA picks up 2019 edition of costume, candy, and carnival event

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce may be dead but Capitol Hill’s celebration of little ghosts and goblins will live on.

The Broadway Business Improvement Area has announced it will host this year’s Hilloween, an annual, all-ages costume and candy carnival on Broadway. Continue reading

60+ pictures of a not watered down Hilloween 2018

Congress has not — yet — moved Halloween to the last Saturday in October. This year, with Capitol Hill’s favorite holiday falling on a Wednesday night, Hilloween enthusiasm may have been a little watered down by weekend celebrations but at least the rain was never heavier than a drizzle.

CHS was on patrol in the Pike/Pine/Broadway zone to see how the big kids were playing and to count how many Elevens we could find (a dozen?). We also found a peculiar nautical element in the thick of the Hill’s trick or treat hot zone at 18th and Mercer where a “Hunt for Blue November” display included a trip through the guts of a Russian submarine complete with periscope and a Putin-on-a-porpoise (probably a dolphin) porthole before emergence at the steps for the Kremlin for a visit to the candy bowl. A family of matryoshka were in attendance. Putin was nowhere to be found. Continue reading

73 spookiest Capitol Hill Seattle posts… ever

Here are some of the best tales of mystery and paranormal activity from around Capitol Hill from the CHS archives. Feel free to tell us any Capitol Hill ghost stories you know about in the comments.

  1. Lake View Cemetery, Annotated
  2. The Williamson Sisters
  3. Meet the decomposers of Capitol Hill
  4. After mystery summer disappearance, Capitol Hill mystery soda machine mysteriously resurfaces


  5. A new haunting on Capitol Hill
  6. Dougsley the corpse flower in bloom at Volunteer Park Conservatory
  7. Garbage truck gone rogue closes streets around E Olive Way
  8. Dead can dance on Broadway (and they did Saturday night)
  9. CHS Crow | Lou, Carrie & Yohan — ‘The ghost messed with me a lot’
  10. The great Capitol Hill eastern cottontail mystery of twenty eighteen
  11. Death and density: 40,000 and counting make Lake View their eternal Capitol Hill home Continue reading

Hilloween 2018 pics from the crowd — Plus, where to trick or treat on Capitol Hill

Are we still doing Halloween this year? The world is frightening enough. But this seems like the wrong time to abandon a celebration of the freakish and bizarre. Plus, costumes are fun. Here are a few images from the crowd from this weekend’s kid-friendly Hilloween celebration on Broadway. You can search through for some costume ideas — and to spot a Hillebrity or two. More spooky shenanigans are to come Wednesday night.

(Image: Alex Garland/CHS)

If you are planning to add some trick or treat action to your Hilloween, we’ve included the famous CHS Trick or Treat Hot Zone map, below. It’s the area of the Hill where you’ll find scenes like the above — and buckets and buckets of candy. Here’s a message from the “Red Zone.” They’re waiting for you. Happy Hilloween. Continue reading

Hilloween reminders: Kids carnival and trick or treating on Broadway, Fire Station 25 pumpkin carving

Hey kids, in addition to the big night, Capitol Hill has some extra Hilloween treats lined up for you.

Tuesday, E Pine’s Fire Station 25 is hosting a night of pumpkin carving (bring your own!) and hanging out with firefighters and police officers:

Fire Station 25 Fall Festival

And don’t forget Saturday brings the annual Hilloween Carnival and trick or treat parade to Broadway:

Hilloween 2018

More Hilloween 2018 events from the CHS Calendar… below!

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Capitol Hill Pets | Volunteer Park Hilloween parade edition

Hilloween 2018 has begun. Over the weekend, hundreds turned out on a foggy Sunday for the first ever Volunteer Park Halloween pet parade. Dozens of fur babies dressed up for the day vying for contest prizes and treats for tricks. You can check out the rainbow dogs, superheroes, not an actual dairy cow, a rabbit, a monkey with a banana dog, and more, below. Continue reading

Hilloween 2018: Broadway carnival, Volunteer Park pet costume parade, Chophouse Courtyard of Chaos, Capitol Hill trick or treating

Capitol Hill takes Halloween rather seriously. 2018 will once again bring multiple days of costumed fun with events for big kids, little kids, and, for the first time, furry kids across the Hill. Meanwhile, the bars and clubs of Pike/Pine and Broadway draw plenty of ghouls and boys and make the streets prime zones for creature watching. And the neighborhood’s suburban residential zones are well-stocked with candy when it’s time for trick or treating. Details on Hilloween 2018 are below.

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CHS Pics | With IT below and dotted by Kusama, 60+ pictures from the Capitol Hill trick or treat hot zone

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

When you dress your front yard up as a Yayoi Kusama exhibit for Halloween — and the kids get it — you’re probably on Capitol Hill. CHS returned to the Capitol Hill trick or treat hot zone along E Aloha again this year to see the neighborhood’s classic yard scenes and new surprises.

The first Hilloween night without rain in a decade brought out all sorts of goblins, ghouls, and Totoro characters to the doors of neighbors handing out candy by the bucketful — some houses dole out more than 3,000 bars on the night — and, sometimes, treats for the grown-up neighbors, too. Thanks for the beer, neighbor. For a look at the, um, more grown-up side of the holiday fun, check out our 80+ pictures from Pike/Pine’s Hilloween weekend here.

More pictures from Hilloween night, below.

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53 spookiest Capitol Hill Seattle posts… ever


Here are some of the best tales of mystery and paranormal activity from around Capitol Hill from the CHS archives. Feel free to tell us any Capitol Hill ghost stories you know about in the comments.

  1. Under protection of the Hex of Obsolescence, Capitol Hill artist creates Problem Glyphs
  2. Chalk number mystery on E Howell cobbles
  3. The ghosts of Hill’s indie bookstores past
  4. Sleepy bar patron rescued from Broadway nightspot
  5. ‘Capitol Hill is lousy with zubats’
  6. 16th Ave E’s ‘haunted house’ comes down
  7. Why is this black metal box at 10th and Pike?
  8. Stranger Things: What are you wearing this year for Hilloween?
  9. Pikes/Pines | Gypsy moths are on the Hill
  10. Terrifying Hilloween Costumes
  11. CHS X-Files | #13Magnus
  12. CHS X-Files: The Joan Armatrading painting of 14th and Olive
  13. CHS X-Files | Capitol Hill drone pilot spotted, glowing orbs
  14. CHS X-Files: Mystery midnight boom rattles Miller Park and Madison Continue reading