Fans of Halloween

November 4, 2014

Skyline High School cheerleaders, marching band members and student fans fully embraced the Halloween spirit in a variety of superhero, video game, animal and Sesame Street character costumes for a festive time Oct. 31 during the Spartans’ football game against Eastlake.

Skyline High School cheerleaders, marching band members and student fans fully embraced the Halloween spirit in a variety of superhero, video game, animal and Sesame Street character costumes for a festive time Oct. 31 during the Spartans’ football game against Eastlake.

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Slither and scream Nov. 1 at Cougar Mountain Zoo

October 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 30, 2014

The Cougar Mountain Zoo presents ‘Slither and Scream,’ featuring special reptile guests from Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society with Halloween-themed activities.

All children in costume will receive half off future admission.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St. Admission is $9 to $12.50.

Learn more here or call 392-6278.

Home Country — Have fun on Halloween

October 28, 2014

To look at Herb Collins, you wouldn’t think he was like that.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

A nicer, kinder guy you never met. But for one evening each year … one little slice of time … he’s downright diabolical.

Every small town has one, of course. There is always that one person who takes Halloween to its extremes of horror and fantasy. We have Herb.

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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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