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Trick or Treat? Way better than a haunted house, Nightmare at Beaver Lake heats up Halloween

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It’s a little spooky this month Dear reader, I have a mission for you – if you dare. Grab your coats, hop in the car and hit the road to Sammamish. Here, you will find strange and eerie delights and confront some of your worst fears at Nightmare at Beaver Lake – similar to the idea of a haunted house – but taking place over three-quarters of a mile in Beaver Lake Park. Walking (or running, if you’re like me and are easily terrified) through the dark woods, you will meet ghouls, deranged fiends and freakish characters. Depending on how you do with horror movies, it’s either the worst, or best, Halloween you could hope for. Scariness-wise, it makes most haunted houses look like a “Sesame Street” set. When people attend this haunt, featured on pages 1011, they probably have all the expectations that come with Halloween. It will be dark, macabre, and leave visitors high on adrenaline, hearts pounding with fear. But what they may not realize, is something good comes out of it, and I’m not just talking about the visitor’s thrill of being freaked out. Over months of planning, training the actors who make the haunt come alive and building the fantastic sets, the organizers of this event form friendships and for some, finally find a place where they belong. Additionally, scaring people actually helps people. When you attend Nightmare at Beaver Lake, bring some non-perishable food or canned goods. You’ll get $1 off your ticket price and donate to a worthy cause like Eastside Domestic Violence Program. Last year, the haunt generated $7,000 for local charities and organizations and donated more than 2,000 pounds of food. In other words, have fun, do good. Happy Halloween!

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Downtown Bellevue isn’t just about a flashy night out. After the flood of mini-skirts and shiny shoes recedes from the sidewalks Saturday morning, locals take a few hours to enjoy the empty streets and the company of neighbors. A few restaurants, some serving whisky by night, open to this community for some of the best breakfasts around. This guide is more about where to find breakfast in downtown Bellevue, aside from hotels and Starbucks, than it is about what’s the absolute best. So grab friends and family and let’s go. Lot No. 3 460 106th Ave. NE 425-440-0025 A hipster whisky bar by night, Lot No. 3 has comfort food that surprises, even for breakfast. In the morning, its tall draperies are drawn back to reveal deep leather sofas, perfect for reading and sipping on perhaps the best black coffee in town. While the menu is short, it changes seasonally. Its Eggs Benedict varieties change the most, but the dish is considered a favorite. The hollandaise has a DELISH: Lemon ricotta pancakes, a seasonal offering at Lot No. tart lemon finish, and the eggs are 3. poached perfectly, leaving a thick yolk to drizzle down the muffin. The pork belly version is a fun alternative to canadian bacon rounds. The salty meat is crisp on the outside and pulls apart in the middle. Pumpkin pancakes are slated to replace their lemon-ricotta pancakes this October, but if the lemon flapjacks are any indication of flavor, they’re worth a try. If you order the malted waffles, take a moment to consider the taste of the flour. Its boxes hold little bits of fleur de sel, which balance the sweetness of real maple syrup. Don’t forget to order a side of candied bacon, which they serve as an appetizer at night. Gilbert’s on Main 10024 Main St. 425-455-5650 A well-known bagel deli, Gilbert’s is a staple for the Main Street neighborhood. Marked by white adirondack chairs and true sidewalk dining, don’t let its curious sandwich combinations pull you away from the breakfast board. Gluten lovers can find satisfaction in their bagels, which are soft and airy. They come toasted with cream cheese and jam. The pesto bagel comes with a whole slice of tomato baked on top. Arrive early to ensure [more BREAKFAST on page 9] your choice.

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Visitors come face-to-face with nightmares at Beaver Lake Park GABRIELLE NOMURA At first glance, Dana Young is the last person who would scare you. The stay-at-home mom loves to bake and solve puzzles. She volunteers in her kids’ schools and greets her Microsoft husband at the end of each day. Plus, her 5-foot-2-inch stature is not what you’d call intimidating. But beware – appearances can be deceiving. Each Halloween season, this suburban mom transforms like a werewolf beneath a full moon. Young and 300 other volunteer actors are what make the haunted adventure, Nightmare at Beaver Lake, come alive with gory ghouls and spooky characters each year. Their one mission – scaring you. This is not the typical haunted house with mechanical crows, pop-up monsters and the lackluster finale of a man holding a rubber chain saw. It’s a nightmare come to life, a thrill-seekers paradise. “Our haunt is different because it’s theatrical, actors are coming up and interacting with you,” says Young, who has played every character from lunatics, to half-animal/ half-humans. “There are a lot of ways actors can scare you including startling, staring, sniffing and acting in a way that’s unexpected. Even if you came through the haunt twice, it would be different each time.” This improvised show put on by the actors is an essential part of the haunt, which takes place over three-quarters of a mile of haunted wood in Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish. The path winds through sets with spooky graveyards, carnival kitchens or giant, swirling vortexes with trippy black light and clowns, depending on the theme that year. This October, visitors will face a haunt called “We Know What Scares You.” As usual, Young is looking forward to the adrenaline rush she loves, scaring the wits out of people’s minds – and sometimes, even something wet from people’s pants. “We do have a Pisser Pants Award for whoever can confirm making an adult pee their pants first,” said Young, the proud recipient of last year’s award. Young emerged as the winner when, in character as a ghoul, she went up behind a woman and sniffed, like an animal surveying its prey. That was all it took. Young’s victory was confirmed by a security guard on hand, who happened to be carrying a flashlight. Several of these or similar “little accidents” happen each year. “Instead of trying to keep it a secret, people always seem to throw their hands up in the air and say, ‘Oh my God, I just peed my pants,” Young says. But Young isn’t on a mission to make people pee-their-


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pants-scared, per se. “At 5’2,” I don’t mess with anyone who’s shorter than I am,” Young says. “My favorite part is when they scream, and then they laugh.” Bringing the joy of scaring people to Sammamish was originally for the teenagers there, who, between school and home, were fairly bored on the plateau, according to responses from a survey put out by the Sammamish Rotary Club in 2004, asking participants how the city could be improved. That same year, the haunt was born, giving something for teenagers to both attend and participate in. Nearly 4,000 people screamed their way through the

GHOSTS, GHOULS AND GORE – OH MY! : Dana Young (top left) and Andy Nix (center) in full Nightmare at Beaver Lake makeup. CHAD COLEMAN, Photos. Two scenes from last year’s haunt (above and bottom left), a vortex with clowns and an electric chair, complete with victim. COURTESY PHOTO nightmare over a four-night period. Last year, more than 9,700 people enjoyed the haunt over 11 spooky nights. Teens, as well as community members like Young bring it to the next level each year; adding more elaborate sets, such as a giant trebuchet and organizing an event filled with actors that jump out of nowhere, and somehow, know visitors by name (a sneaky trick). But aside from the customer who pays to get spooked, Nightmare at Beaver Lake benefits people in need by donating food and money to charities. Visitors receive $1 off their ticket if they bring a food donation, and last year, the haunt raked in 2,430 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable items that were donated to Eastside Domestic Violence Program. Additionally, organizers made donations totalling $7,000 to groups that helped out with the haunt, the Issaquah Senior Center and Sammamish Youth Board, among others. The fact that scaring people helps others is what makes Nightmare a perfect volunteer activity for ordained minister, Rev. Shane Mitchell, who’s been involved since the haunt’s early years. Finding a safe, positive and fun environment to let human emotions of hate,

anger or even insanity be channeled in a way that benefits charity is one big “love fest,” as Mitchell puts it. “When I found scare, I found a way to express those things society says we can’t do,” Mitchell says. “That was cathartic for me.” Mitchell, an advanced scarer, once frightened a teenage girl through the haunt, onto the shuttle that takes visitors back to the parking lot, and even jumped into the car with her confused dad, speaking in a deranged voice that he was going to “live under her bed from now on.” The girl was freaked out – but she couldn’t get enough of it, Mitchell says. Scaring is a free, legal high that really does benefit everyone involved, Young says. The visitor gets an unforgettable Halloween, charities receive a donation and the person doing the scaring benefits in many ways, too: finding a passion for set, costume and makeup design, having the time of one’s life each October and finding a community of like-minded individuals. “Many of us are the freaks, the geeks the misfits,” Mitchell says. “We may not have been the kids on cheerleader squads or the football team, but we need something that we can be a part of too, and that’s what we find in scare.”

Schedule and ticket information: Oct. 20, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-10 p.m. Full Scare Oct. 21, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-11 p.m. Full Scare Oct.22, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-11 p.m. Full Scare Oct. 23, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-10 p.m. Full Scare Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, Closed Oct. 26, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-10 p.m. Full Scare Oct. 27, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-10 p.m. Full Scare Oct. 28, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-11pm Full Scare with special guest character Jason Voorhees available for photos and autographs Oct. 29, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-11 p.m. Full Scare with special guest character Jason Voorhees available for photos and autographs Oct.30, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-10 p.m. Full Scare Oct. 31, 7-7:45 p.m. Family Scare; 8-10 p.m. Full Scare Prices: Family Scare, $8; full scare Sunday-Thursday $12; Friday and Saturday, $15. Bring a can of food to donate and save $1 off the ticket price. Beaver Lake Park: 244th Ave. SE, Sammamish; www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.


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BY GABRIELLE NOMURA Even as a high school student in Long Island, N.Y., Jim Breuer knew he wanted to be a standup comedian. Little did he know he’d grow up to star on Saturday Night Live (SNL), making fan-favorite roles for himself as the original character “Goat Boy” or co-star in the cult favorite “Half Baked” with Dave Chappelle. In addition to touring the country as a comedian and his projects in film, TV and radio, Breuer enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters in their New Jersey home, playing pick-up games of baseball and watching the New York Mets.

JB: No, I don’t think so. My awareness of who is staring and looking at me has changed though. I constantly want to set up an example. If anything, it changed me for the better. When I’m out with my kids or my father, I want to be an example so people will say, ‘If that famous guy can do it, so can I.’

scene: You’ve done TV, standup, radio and film. Is there a medium you feel most at home in? JB: That’s a hard one. Radio, because you don’t have to be hilarious the whole time, just entertaining. I can do that for hours.

scene: Which cast members were the most fun to work scene: Describe your standup in one word. JB: Animated.

scene: What was it like working with Chappelle in the movie “Half Baked”? JB: It didn’t suck. Working with Dave was like working with your clown best friend. I didn’t even audition for the movie. He trusted me enough to put me in a co-starring role. When someone gives you that much trust, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.

scene: Tell me about going on tour with your 84-year-old father in 2008. Footage from those adventures with your dad eventually became the documentary “More Than Me.” JB: That was one of the most challenging, funny, inspiring and testing times in my whole life. It changed my future with standup, it changed the way I love, it changed the things I made. It kept one foot of mine in humanity and reality.

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with during your time on SNL, 1995-1998? JB: I’m going to say Tracy Morgan, Colin Quinn and Darrell Hammond. We come from the same tribe. We understand each other. We knew each other’s language; how we ticked. At the end of the day, we had each other.

scene: What’s one thing your fans would be surprised to learn about you? JB: I’d say it’s the deep spiritual side, not religious, but spiritual. There’s a big difference.

scene: What’s the best thing about being a dad? JB: Watching life all over. Watching home videos of your life. I had a great childhood. And now, I get to watch and enjoy life through their eyes. It’s the most powerful, giving thing. I never laughed so hard. I’ve never fought so much. Breuer will perform at the Parlor Live Comedy Club Oct. 7-8. For tickets, go to parlorlive.com. For more information, go to www.jimbreuer.com.


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Eastside Lyric Theatre presents The Sorcerer as “The Flim Flam Man”, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Ivanhoe Theatre, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue.

Sunday 10-2 Lyric Light Opera of the Northwest presents “The Music Man,” 2 p.m., Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland 35th Annual Issaquah Rotary Run at Salmon Days, 9 a.m., Issaquah Monday 10-3 Late Night Movies at LOT No 3, “The Dark Knight” 10 p.m., LOT No 3, 460 106th Ave. NE, Bellevue Friday 10-7 Kirkland Performance Center presents “Antonio Zambujo”, 7:30 p.m., Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland Saturday 10-8 Kelsey Creek Farm Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kelsey Creek Farm, 410 130th Pl. SE, Bellevue Saturday 10-15 Kirkland Arts Center presents “REDUX”, 5:30 p.m., Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Bellevue

TRICK OR TREAT: “Halloween” (c) 2006 Hanna Horwarth and made available under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 license. Thursday 10-20 Kirkland Performance Center presents “The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra”, 7:30 p.m., Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Kirkland Thursday to Wednesday 10-20 to 10-31 Nightmare at Beaver Lake, go to www.nightmareatbeaverlake. com for a list of times, Beaver Lake Park, 25101 SE 24th St., Sammamish Friday – Sunday 10-21 through 10-23 International Ballet Theatre’s “Dracula.” Times vary by day, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue Saturday 10-22 Kirkland Performance Center presents “Evan Flory-Barnes: Acknowledgement of a Celebration”, 8 p.m., Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland Friday 10-28 International Ballet Theatre’s “Dracula”, 7:30 p.m., Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue Friday to Monday 10-28 to 10-31 Bellevue Youth Theatre presents “Frankenstein”; go to www.bytf.org for a list of times. Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16661 Northup Way, Bellevue Saturday 10-29 Boo Carnival, 10 a.m. to noon, Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton Downtown Trick or Treat & “Olde” Fashion Halloween Party, 1 - 4 p.m., Downtown Renton

All Hallows Feast at the Bors Hede, 6 p.m., Camlann Medieval Village, Camlann, 10320 Kelly Road NE, Carnation Pumpkin Push 5K , 8 a.m., Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle Meydenbauer Center presents “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, 8 p.m., Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue The Ultimate Halloween Bash, 8 p.m., The Showbox at the Market, 1426 1st Ave., Seattle Sunday 10-30 Run Scared 5k, 9 a.m. Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle

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