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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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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Volunteers needed for annual haunt

September 17, 2013

The 10th annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake needs youth and adult volunteers for a variety of roles, especially actors.

An orientation is from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 21-22 at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E. Besides acting, roles are available for casting assistant, construction, security, driving, line control, traffic control, ticket sales, food service and more.

Nightmare takes over Beaver Lake Park from Oct. 18-31. Nightmare is 100 percent volunteer, 100 percent charity, produced by the Rotary Club of Sammamish in partnership with Scare Productions and the city of Sammamish. Learn more by emailing volunteer@sammamishrotary.org or go to www.NightmareAtBeaverLake.com.

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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Nightmare at Beaver Lake returns to offer Halloween scares

October 16, 2012

Samantha Gavin, Nightmare at Beaver Lake makeup artist, practices creating fake wounds Oct. 14. By Lillian O’Rorke

Zombie motorcyclists, like a flock of bats out of hell, should roar from the dark to claim a Sammamish Plateau park as passers-by watch in terror.

The scene sounds lifted from a zombie flick, but Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers planned a zombie motorcycle ride to open the annual Halloween haunt.

The motorcyclists, led by former child star Danny Bonaduce, a radio host for KZOK-FM — a Nightmare at Beaver Lake sponsor — plan to open 11 nights of frights in the park. The event returns Oct. 19 and continues through Halloween.

Nightmare attendees should prepare for characters lifted from tales by Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Wells, plus a ransacked cityscape reminiscent of “The Walking Dead” before a finale inside a haunted house.

Event organizers expect more than 10,000 people to venture into the dark forest and more than 20 scenes arranged along a trail and inside park buildings. Nightmare hosted more than 12,000 attendees last year, and organizers hope for 14,000 people to head into the haunt in the coming nights.

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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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Nightmare at Beaver Lake replaces stolen trailer with community help

August 28, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake can continue the scares, thanks to community donations to buy a trailer.

Organizers’ previous trailer and several props disappeared from a Kent warehouse. Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen June 19.

Organizers purchased a replacement trailer last week, using thousands of dollars in community donations.

Kelcey Hendricks, Scare Productions promotions director, said the group raised $1,700 by creating zombie makeup during the Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, plus $400 at a garage sale.

Organizers used the fundraiser dollars and community donations to meet a $3,000 goal.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake is the largest Halloween haunt in the Puget Sound region and, perhaps, in the West. The annual event runs from Oct. 19-31.

The annual event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sammamish and over the years has raised tens of thousands of dollars for area charities.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need a hand after trailer heist

July 3, 2012

Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers asked the public for donations to replace a trailer stolen from its Kent headquarters June 19.

Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen.

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need a hand after trailer heist

June 28, 2012

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Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers asked the public for donations to replace a trailer stolen from its Kent headquarters June 19.

Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen.

Kelcey Hendricks, promotions director at Scare Productions, said the group believes the trailer went missing late in the evening of June 12 or early June 13.

The group reported the theft has been reported to Kent police, but police have no leads yet, he added.

The trailer contained several props used in the Halloween event, including an 8-foot by 4-foot vibrating floor, two 5-foot-tall Jacob’s ladders and other tools.

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The Hot List

October 25, 2011

Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

Movie: ‘Footloose’

A remake of the cult classic, “Footloose” once again hits theaters as the iconic story of a town where dancing is outlawed and new kid Ren MacCormack challenges the music ban and strikes up a forbidden romance. Replacing Kevin Bacon as the main character (Ren) is Kenny Wormald; Dennis Quaid takes on the role of the Rev. Shaw Moore, and Julianne Hough plays Ariel, the reverend’s rebellious daughter and Ren’s love interest. An upbeat soundtrack accompanies the movie and features Zac Brown, Cee Lo Green and Victoria Justice.

Book: ‘Steve Jobs,’ by Walter Isaacson

In remembrance of one of the most notable American figures, Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” produces an honest and riveting look into Jobs’ life. Comprised of several years’ worth of interviews from Jobs and his family, friends and colleagues, the biography pries beneath the superficial knowledge of Jobs’ imagination and innovativeness to examine the personal demons and desires that contributed to his success. The author, Isaacson, has been widely recognized due to his books about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

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