Green Halloween Festival scares up fun, frights

October 23, 2012

The leaves around Issaquah may form an autumnal rainbow of yellows, reds and browns, but it’s going to be a green Halloween as the Issaquah Highlands Council gets set to celebrate the 12th annual Green Halloween Festival on Oct. 27.

The festival gets its name through its partnership with Green Halloween, a locally founded movement to make all holidays healthier and more sustainable, said Christy Garrard, Highlands Council special events planner.

“We partnered with Green Halloween because it really fit with the built green philosophy of the Issaquah Highlands urban village concept,” she said.

The outdoor, family-friendly festival kicks off with a bang at noon, when dancers of all ages will gather in front of Blakely Hall for Thrill the World, a worldwide attempt to break the record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Festival attendees are encouraged to try their best zombie impression and join in on the iconic dance routine.

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Zombies return to menace downtown Issaquah

October 23, 2012

Zombies shamble down Front Street North during the 2011 Downtown Zombie Walk. By Warren Kagarise

Last October, on a sunny afternoon, a regular Saturday turned unordinary as zombies menaced Issaquah.

The undead shambled into the sunset, and Issaquah sidestepped a zombie apocalypse — for a while, at least.

The zombie horde is back.

Expect to see the undead shuffle down Front Street North on Oct. 27 during a Downtown Zombie Walk and then assemble for a flash-mob dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” outside the Issaquah Library.

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Halloween happenings abound in Issaquah, nearby

October 23, 2012

Revelers explore a hay maze during the 2009 Green Halloween Festival. File

Enciso Family Farm, featuring you-pick pumpkins and fresh Christmas trees; an old country store with snacks, cozy fireplace and a selection of specialty gourds and pumpkins; a barn from the 1800s; tractors from past and present; and more, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton, 206-595-5845

Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm, featuring pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, open daily through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 14237 228th Ave. S.E., www.trinitytreefarm.com

Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Oct. 24-31, Beaver Lake Park, Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish; The family scare runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly. The full scare runs from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $10 per person for a family scare; $16 per person for a full scare. Donate a can of food and receive a $1 discount on tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.

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Keep little ghouls, goblins safe on Halloween night

October 23, 2012

City officials reminded Issaquah residents and motorists to remain on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Most neighborhoods turn into haunting grounds for dozens of trick-or-treating children on Halloween night, and safety is a paramount concern for parents and police.

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October 23, 2012

Keep little ghouls, goblins safe on Halloween night

October 15, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 15, 2012

City officials reminded Issaquah residents and motorists to remain on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Most neighborhoods turn into haunting grounds for dozens of trick-or-treating children on Halloween night, and safety is a paramount concern for parents and police.

Motorists need to be extra careful to watch children dressed in costumes. Many costumes can be difficult to see at night, or include visibility-limiting masks. Young trick-or-treaters — in the excitement of evening — may also forget the rules of road.

Parents can keep children safe by dressing them in costumes that fit well and have reflective tape on them. Parents should avoid masks that distort or impede vision. Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight or glow sticks. Remind children to look both ways and cross only at corners or crosswalks.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake frighteners needed for Halloween haunt

September 25, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need actors to frighten, spook and go bump in the night as the Halloween haunt prepares to terrorize the Sammamish Plateau.

Organizers plan actor training for Oct. 13-14 for actors with two or fewer years of experience in the haunt. More experienced volunteers can attend, too, because the show changes each year. Training runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Lake Park. Participants should bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.

Volunteers can also register for make-up training. The make-up session runs from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Previous make-up volunteers interested in participating again should email Jeeprider78@aol.com.

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Local party shop hosts opening celebration

September 25, 2012

Party @ Display & Costume is, as the name implies, hosting a party to celebrate a recent move to a space in East Lake Center next to Best Buy.

The store plans a grand opening celebration from Sept. 28-30 at 6000 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite B. Customers can receive 20 percent off purchases, free face-painting and animal balloons, and other goodies.

Customers can enter to win a $50 gift card by submitting photos of their Halloween costumes on Party @ Display & Costume’s Facebook page.

In June, Party @ Display & Costume left a space at the Issaquah Commons near Lane Bryant and Ross Dress for Less to make room for a relocated Trader Joe’s.

Big Lots, Spirit Halloween take root in Issaquah

September 4, 2012

The closeout retailer Big Lots is coming to Pickering Place, as months of closings, openings and shuffling continues among tenants at the retail center.

Columbus, Ohio-based Big Lots is due to open the space last occupied by Leathers Gallery, a local furniture store. Leathers moved to a space across the parking lot recently, and Big Lots is renovating the former furniture store.

Big Lots executives could not be reached for details about the store opening.

Before Leathers moved into the then-vacant space, Linens-N-Things operated in the 37,500-square-foot storefront.

Elsewhere, Spirit Halloween opened in the former Albertsons along East Lake Sammamish Parkway. The seasonal tenant offers Halloween makeup, costumes and other holiday items.

Albertsons closed in April 2008, and the space has remained vacant since then.

Undead dancers needed to Thrill the World

September 4, 2012

Chandler Osman, 12, an Issaquah Middle School student, strikes a ‘Thriller’ pose Oct. 22, 2011, during rehearsal for Green Halloween Festival performances.

Join the undead and perhaps set a world record as hordes of residents learn the steps from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for a world record attempt.

Highlands Council organizers need zombies-to-be to join the Thrill the World attempt. Dancers plan to participate in the world record attempt Oct. 27 at the Green Halloween Festival.

Thrill the World rehearsals run from 5-6 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 9 to Oct. 21 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. The event is free to open to everybody, regardless of age and skill.

Zombies plan to lurch into the “Thriller” dance at noon to open the Green Halloween Festival and again at 4 p.m.

Dancers participated in the Thrill the World record attempt and a downtown Issaquah zombie walk last year.

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