Yesterday, “Hilloween” (Capitol Hill Halloween) was once again celebrated in Cal Anderson Park.
Kids aged 1-51 got freebies from local businesses, played games, and were treated to concerts from a variety of performers … the most popular being the Recess Monkey, a children’s music group based right here in Seattle.
The festivities were topped off with a costume parade around the Cal water volcano, after which neighborhood kids trick-or-treated up and down Broadway.
We were no exception.
Shortly after 4pm, we made our way up Broadway, from Pike to Aloha, stopping at each store with a pumpkin logo. Once we got there, we crossed the street, turned around, and begged for free stuff all the way back to Pike.
Along the way, we stopped at Pagliacci (which gave free slices to costumed kids), and got ice cream and milkshakes from Dick’s.
Turnout was quite impressive, as was participation from local businesses. I’d estimate that 50% of the stores participated, which was pretty cool.
Capitol Hill’s sizable population of families is often overshadowed by the hipster/gay/nightclub reputation, but it’s a little overdone. The latter demographics are typically just passing through, while the roots of the former run far deeper.
It’s often said that livable neighborhoods need families, and it makes perfect sense. Where there are families, crime is lower, livability is higher, and there is more life. Neighborhoods need natives. People who grew up on its streets, not just people who move in after college, or who drive in to drink on the weekends.
It’s always a great thing when a neighborhood caters to its natives, and to that extent, Hilloween 2012 was a great event where a good time was had by all.