CHS Pics | From the Bates Motel House to the 18th Ave White House, Hilloween in the trick or treat hot zone

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On Halloween, the streets of northern Capitol Hill spur off E Aloha like a spooky skeleton’s ribs. The neighborhood is a mix of some of the city’s most expensive homes and some of its most neighborly neighborhoods. We think it is the city’s trick or treat hot zone. With the return of classics like the Bates Motel house and the tiki-torched freaks who set up the annual zombie jungle house every year, 16th, 17th, and 18th Avenues East also included new displays of horror — and fun — like this year’s White House complete with replica Washington Monument in the shadow of the St. Joe’s tower…. plus lots and lots of candy. Here is a look at what CHS found on the busy streets around the trick or treat hot zone Halloween night. Let us know in comments if you have images to share. CHS hopes you had a fun and safe Hilloween.

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Where to trick or treat on Capitol Hill — plus, 100+ pictures from Hilloween weekend

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2016 pictures by Alex Garland and Jim Simandl. A look at CHS Hilloweens past: 20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

Just before dawn Saturday morning, flames were spotted rising from the top of Cal Anderson’s Fountain Mountain. Seattle Police and fire units arrived to extinguish the blaze. The pile of charred garbage left behind was either a sign of arson most foul or the bursting open of some hobgoblin portal to start the weekend’s celebration. We’ll let you decide. Happy Hilloween. 2016’s celebration of the spooky and macabre comes during already freaky times. But the party across Capitol Hill can remind us what is truly scary. We were freaked out by Donald Trump last year. It is time to move on. Here is a look at some of the fun from the weekend nightlife version of Halloween on Capitol Hill. Continue reading

44 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. tumblr_n4ny44pncm1tnsksko1_1280-1Under protection of the Hex of Obsolescence, Capitol Hill artist creates Problem Glyphs
  2. Chalk number mystery on E Howell cobbles
  3. ‘Capitol Hill is lousy with zubats’
  4. 16th Ave E’s ‘haunted house’ comes down
  5. Why is this black metal box at 10th and Pike?
  6. Meet the Klineburger Brothers and Capitol Hill’s taxidermy past
  7. Stranger Things: What are you wearing this year for Hilloween?
  8. Pikes/Pines | Gypsy moths are on the Hill
  9. CHS X-Files | #13Magnus
  10. CHS X-Files: The Joan Armatrading painting of 14th and Olive
  11. CHS X-Files | Capitol Hill drone pilot spotted, glowing orbs
  12. CHS X-Files: Mystery midnight boom rattles Miller Park and Madison

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Stranger Things: What are you wearing this year for Hilloween?

Stranger Things things (Image: Pretty Parlor via Facebook)

Stranger Things things (Image: Pretty Parlor via Facebook)

Below are some of the Hilloween looks we saw on Capitol Hill in 2015. Above is one we think we’ll probably see more than a few times in 2016. This especially dead-on version of the outfits of the Stranger Things kids can be seen on display at Summit Ave E’s Pretty Parlor:

Here’s our STRANGER THINGS window display! (Already sold Eleven’s dress and wig twice!) Just need a few stings of xmas lights to complete it!

Let us know your Capitol Hilloween costume plans in comments, especially if they’re more witty than “Capitol Hill homeless person.” 2015 Halloween costume pics, below. Continue reading

Hilloween 2016: Broadway carnival, a new creepy crawl, and spooky light art in the conservatory

The CHS Calendar is filling with fun things to do around Capitol Hill’s Christmas — Halloween. Included in the fun-sized mix is the return of the annual Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Hilloween carnival, a new Capitol Hill zombie crawl, and a spooky new event from the producer behind this summer’s Lusio light art festival in Volunteer Park. We’ll continue to add more to the candy bucket through the month. If you have something Hilloween-y to share, add it to the calendar. Highlights… below! Continue reading

CHS Pics | 2015… the year Hilloween got wet (again)

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To those that incorporated umbrellas and rain slickers into your Halloween get-ups, well played. 2015 Hilloween was a wet and wild affair. CHS roamed the streets from Broadway to the trick-or-treat hot zone around E Aloha and found a wet but still spirited contingents of ninjas, Star Wars stormtroopers, princesses, and Gore-Tex Donald Trumps. “Don’t worry,” one little Trump assured CHS. “I’m just pretending.”

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2015 images by Alex Garland and Tim Durkan for CHS. A look at CHS Hilloweens past: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

DSC_8535Whether because of the revelry or the weather, the street’s overnight weren’t the safest for automobiles. For one, SPD was pulling over drivers who somehow thought it might be OK to cruise around Broadway and Pike/Pine with “open containers” inside. Continue reading

Reminder: 2015 Hilloween carnival and parade

Transform Yourself (Image: Patricia via Flickr)

Transform Yourself (Image: Patricia via Flickr)

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 2.57.42 PMAs you plan your trick or treat route, don’t forget: Saturday is the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s annual Hilloween Carnival. For 2015, the carnival has moved indoors to Seattle Central’s Mitchell Activity Center at 1701 Broadway. Here are the details from caphilloween.com:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 31
12:00 – 3:00 PM Carnival
3:30 – 4:00 PM Costume Parade
4:00 – 7:00 PM Trick-or-Treating on Broadway Ave.
2:30 – 4:30PM Haunted Bank Laboratory @ 1st Security Bank
5:00 – 7:00 PM Pizza Party @ Pagliacci’s (FREE slice to kids in costume!)
Hilloween, Capitol Hill’s favorite kid-friendly Halloween event returns Saturday, October 31th and it’s sure to delight kids of all ages. This community party is FREE and open to everyone – designed with kids in mind – but just as fun for adults too. We’re moving inside this year to avoid any chance of rain! Seattle Central College’s Mitchell Activity Center will host Hilloween this year and it falls on HALLOWEEN NIGHT itself!

CHS is a proud community sponsor.

Also stop by Volunteer Park for the Haunted Conservatory and jack-o-lanterns. More grown-up fun includes the Spookhaus 3 haunted house at the Northwest Film Forum, the Capitol Hill historical ghost tour starting at Elliott Bay Book Company, the Seattle Women’s Chorus’s Hallows In The Cathedral at St. Mark’s, and a candy bag full of parties. Check out the CHS Hilloween Calendar for details. You can also add your own event to the list. Continue reading

31 spookiest Capitol Hill Seattle posts… ever

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(Image: CHS)

Things are already getting wild on Capitol Hill — and it’s not even Hilloween, yet! Wednesday night, Seattle Fire and police were called to a tony neighborhood along north Broadway after a strange attack that left a 30-year-old woman with an animal bite to the hand. Medics treated the injury but couldn’t confirm the victim’s account of a wild raccoon attack after the animal fled the scene. It’s still out there, somewhere.

Happy Hilloween.

There’s a full weekend of Halloween events including Saturday’s Hilloween carnival and more. We’ve also posted an updated trick-or-treat map.

Need costume inspiration? Take a look at Hilloweens past: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

Here is another CHS tricky, treat-y tradition. We’ve updated our annual list of the spookiest CHS stories… ever. We’re up to 31! Don’t read in the dark! CHS will be out and about on Halloween as always to capture the scene and cover any breaking news. See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959.

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

In 2010, CHS found these lines of numbers written in chalk on the cobbles of E Howell particularly disturbing

In 2010, CHS found these lines of numbers written in chalk on the cobbles of E Howell particularly disturbing

  1. Chalk number mystery on E Howell cobbles
  2. 16th Ave E’s ‘haunted house’ comes down
  3. Why is this black metal box at 10th and Pike?
  4. Meet the Klineburger Brothers and Capitol Hill’s taxidermy past Continue reading

On the List | Hilloween 2015: carnival, where to trick or treat, haunted fun, and more

Halloween’s celebration of the dark, weird, and spooky brings especially dark, weird, and spooky fun to Capitol Hill. Twitter can fill with “Capitol Hill? Or Halloween?” jokes but don’t give in. You chose to live with these freaks. Head out, get dressed up, and give them candy!

First, we’ve updated the CHS Hilloween Trick or Treat Hot Zone Map for 2015 by pretty much not changing it one bit! The best, safest, most tricked out trick or treating happens on the teen avenues around E Aloha — just find 16th Ave E and bring your manners. Here’s what it looked like there — and across Capitol Hill — in 2014.

The big change is that red explosion of excitement-like icon on Broadway — that’s where you’ll find the new location for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s annual Hilloween Carnival. For 2015, the carnival has moved indoors to Seattle Central’s Mitchell Activity Center at 1701 Broadway. Here are the details from caphilloween.com:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 31
12:00 – 3:00 PM Carnival
3:30 – 4:00 PM Costume Parade
4:00 – 7:00 PM Trick-or-Treating on Broadway Ave.
2:30 – 4:30PM Haunted Bank Laboratory @ 1st Security Bank
5:00 – 7:00 PM Pizza Party @ Pagliacci’s (FREE slice to kids in costume!)
Hilloween, Capitol Hill’s favorite kid-friendly Halloween event returns Saturday, October 31th and it’s sure to delight kids of all ages. This community party is FREE and open to everyone – designed with kids in mind – but just as fun for adults too. We’re moving inside this year to avoid any chance of rain! Seattle Central College’s Mitchell Activity Center will host Hilloween this year and it falls on HALLOWEEN NIGHT itself!

CHS is a proud community sponsor.

Also stop by Volunteer Park for the Haunted Conservatory and jack-o-lanterns. More grown-up fun includes the Spookhaus 3 haunted house at the Northwest Film Forum, the Capitol Hill historical ghost tour starting at Elliott Bay Book Company, the Seattle Women’s Chorus’s Hallows In The Cathedral at St. Mark’s, and a candy bag full of parties. Check out the CHS Hilloween Calendar for details. You can also add your own event to the list. Continue reading

Broadway Chronicles | Hilloween? Clown Girl spotted on Broadway

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A silent yet alluring clown girl has been seen enjoying a coffee and dancing along the 300 block of Broadway E in recent nights. She is evidently quite nimble and sure-footed as several onlookers have been mesmerized watching her scamper about rooftops and fire escapes with the skill and ease of an acrobat. We’re told the superhero of sorts was returned from a fight to save a friend earlier on this particular night. Continue reading