Off The Press — Enjoy being scared? Check out these films

October 21, 2014

Horror movies aren’t really my area of expertise. I prefer watching classic sports movies, like “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham” or “Rudy,” or spending years waiting for book-based fantasy adventures like “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” to wrap up.

Neil Pierson

Neil Pierson

However, I’m more than willing to get into the spirit of the season when it comes to Halloween. There’s a certain sense of exhilaration that comes from viewing hordes of zombies, chainsaw-wielding psychopaths, and enough blood and gore to make your average emergency-room physician nauseous.

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Highlands Halloween festival has new name and night

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah Highlands’ traditional Halloween celebration has a new name and night.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

By Greg Farrar
Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

Now in its fourth year, the celebration is no longer associated with Green Halloween, according to Christy Garrard, Issaquah Highlands Council executive director.

“Now, it’s just Halloween in the Highlands,” she said.

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Editorial — Time to change smoke detector batteries

October 14, 2014

October is about more than ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and Halloween. It’s time to change the batteries in our home smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alert sensors.

While smoke detectors can be obnoxious if you’re accidently charring the bacon, these small devices can save lives.

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Off The Press — Halloween is best for its customized scares

October 14, 2014

Halloween — it’s got to be one of the most interesting times of the year.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

We’re still two weeks out from Oct. 31, but I thought it would be a perfect time to broach the subject as events are already coming up on the calendar, like Nightmare at Beaver Lake, which starts Friday, and Saturday is the annual Halloween in the Highlands festival and Zombie Walk in downtown Issaquah.

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Downtown Zombie Walk / Oct. 26, 2013

October 29, 2013

Hostess of Horror

October 22, 2013

Newcastle homeowner goes for big frights on Halloween

Long before the calendar flipped to October, and months before stores began selling Halloween candy, Newcastle resident Kim Alhadeff was ready for Oct. 31.

Zombie heads and ghosts hang eerily from a tree in the yard of Kim Alhadeff’s home.

Zombie heads and ghosts hang eerily from a tree in the yard of Kim Alhadeff’s home.

It’s her favorite holiday, and if you didn’t already know it, you’d simply have to take a look at the elaborate Halloween decorations of her China Creek neighborhood home.

“We’ve always decorated,” Alhadeff said. “It’s just gotten bigger and bigger every year. All the kids in the neighborhood just expect us to do it now, so we do.”

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Month of October brings appreciation, fatalism

October 15, 2013

I love October. Between the changing weather, the eruption of color and the settling shroud of Halloween, my appreciation of this month has grown exponentially over time.

It is a recent development and a remarkable one. Here: Let me remark on it.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

About 11 years ago, I was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a pretty severe case. Instead of the short daylight of winter, autumn depressed me the most. We’re not talking being moody and mopey. We’re talking straight up “can’t leave the bed because everything is eternally painful.” I had life-changing problems with school as I was just beginning college and it led to some pretty intense family issues. Everyone has their personal struggles.

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A decade of terror

October 15, 2013

Nightmare at Beaver Lake promises hidden surprises in celebration of 10 years of Halloween spookiness

The people behind the annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake always have a few tricks up their sleeves.

For the 10th anniversary event, for example, the haunted house at the end of a dark, terrorizing walk through the woods has a special surprise awaiting guests.

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However, the secret is closely guarded and won’t be revealed until the Oct. 18 opening, said Dana Young, of Scare Productions, the group responsible for bringing in more than 100 actors, makeup artists, costume designers and stage hands to make the show happen.

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Eastside Catholic club opens students to Asian culture

December 25, 2012

Eastside has many interesting clubs and activities but Asia Club is definitely one of the most unique.

Shreya Tewari
Eastside Catholic High School

Asia Club is a fairly recent club (started in the past several years) open to anybody interested in learning about and delving into Asian studies — languages, culture or food. The club meets once a week and learns about different Asian cultures and immerses itself in celebrating different foreign practices.

The club does a large amount of fundraising to support kids and people in general in many underprivileged areas in Asian countries. For different holidays, there are different kinds of candy grams that go around the school that are sponsored by Asia Club to raise money.

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Superstorm strands local family in New York City

November 6, 2012

The battered Eastern Seaboard resembles a set from a disaster film after Hurricane Sandy slammed ashore late Oct. 29, stranding a local family in New York City.

Hurricane Sandy roared through the city as the Ridnells hunkered in a Midtown Manhattan hotel.

Inside the Ridnells’ hotel, electricity flickered as Hurricane Sandy slammed the city, but power remained on at the St. Regis Hotel during the storm.

“Staying in Midtown, we’re sort of on an oasis here,” Anthony Ridnell said Oct. 31, as cleanup efforts encompassed the city. “We weren’t hit that badly, but everything around us was just decimated.”

The family returned home Nov. 3, almost a week later than planned, after a storm-related delay.

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