Ghost Walk will scare up spooky fun this weekend in downtown Riverside
By Deanna Gomez
For 26 years, Ghost Walk Riverside has been treating the young and old to spooky nighttime storytelling and Halloween-themed fun.
Hosted by California Riverside Ballet and its partners, the community event also has proved to be a popular fundraiser for the organization. Proceeds help provide ballet classes at little or no cost at local community centers including Bobby Bonds/César Chávez Community Center, according to Sandra Ramirez, Ghost Walk coordinator.
Each year, the CRB works with local high schools and others to bring four original story tours and other activities to downtown Riverside. Among this year’s highlights:
The Inlandia Institute hosts two writing workshops, one for local high school students and one for community members, to develop four spooky yet fun tours. “Legend of Dalton Manor,” “Deadly Demons,” “Riverside Horror Story” and “Cleansing Fire” are on tap for this year.
High school students are the ones who bring the stories to life, says Susan Anderson, a Ghost Walk committee member. The schools provide their own costumes, create props, set pieces, and do their own makeup.
Each tour lasts about an hour, depending on the size of each group and how fast everyone is walking.
Stories receive ratings similar to those for movies (G, PG, PG-13 and R) so everyone knows what to expect along the journey.
Art by local students — who were given the stories in advance so they could be translated onto canvas — also will be displayed.
Performances by local artists and talent also are scheduled. Erik Remond returns as the event’s official DJ, and will be spinning music along with helping run the Halloween costume contest.
Getting things started each night will be Senryu Taiko, the UC Riverside taiko drum group that has been a part of the event for the last decade.
The first stop on each walking tour will be the Thriller on Main Street […]