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You don’t have to be afraid to take the kids to these Inland Halloween haunts

By in Press Enterprise on October 27, 2017

By David Downey

As Halloween rises in prominence and ghosts appear to take a back seat to blood and gore, some may wonder whether there are any family-friendly haunts left in the Inland region for the kids.

The answer? Yes.

There are concerts, festivals, hayrides and trunk-or-treat games galore. There is even a G-rated tour among the popular Ghost Walk Riverside walking tours being staged this weekend.

With the theme, “Cleansing Fire,” the G-rated event — not geared toward very young children — is a miniature play to be performed by the drama students of Patricia Scarborough, director of theater at Riverside’s King High School.

Groups will walk to four different locations in downtown Riverside, and at each place costumed students will tell part of a story. That story is about members of a fictional psychic investigation club who summon a group of devil worshipers who had an enclave near the Mission Inn more than 200 years ago.

Scarborough said the performance will be significantly milder than the one King High gave for Ghost Walk Riverside last year, when students directed it. The students did a great job, she said, but the theme was intense.

“Last year there was a lot of slashing, mayhem and murder, guns and knives,” Scarborough said. “I wanted to roll it back to spooky and scary, and a traditional ghost storytelling thing.”

Some scares, no gore

That said, parents may want to avoid bringing small children along.

“There are some screams and some scares. There will be some characters appearing suddenly,” Scarborough said. “But there’s no blood and there’s no mayhem.”

Ghost Walk Riverside is now in its 26th year.

There are four distinctive storytelling tours this season. Scarborough said the tours, which last about 25 minutes, will run between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, departing from the Main Street Mall.

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