Community-Oriented Halloween Fun
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Ghost Walk Riverside is a community-oriented outdoor festival that feels like a giant block party situated in the middle of the downtown area. The centerpiece of the event is a series of “tours,” where local talent including high school actors perform magic, recount historical horror stories, or stage mini-plays with creepy stories. Presented in three flavors (G, PG, and PG-13), these are essentially amateur productions, put on for the fun of it – more amusing than thrilling – but the execution is clever enough to be entertaining. Recommended for Halloween fans in Riverside or those visiting other haunts in the area.
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2021 Update: A whole new approach this year. After presenting their 2020 Ghost Walk Riverside virtually via zoom meeting, California Riverside Ballet returns to an in-person presentation for Halloween 2021. Titled”Dark Places,” the presentation diverges from past events: instead of three sets of plays performed on separate tours, there will one half-mile tour looping through five acres of foliage in White Park, featuring multiple live theatrical scenes, haunted tunnels, roaming actors (non-aggressive), kids carnival, photo ops, beer garden, food & vendor court, and live dance (including the event’s traditional “Thriller” flash mob).
2021 Dates & Hours: October 22 & 23 at 6pm, 7:30pm & 9pm.
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Haunting since 1992, the Ghost Walk Riverside is a community-oriented event with a block-party atmosphere, located in a downtown area loaded with local eateries. The centerpiece of the event is the “Ghost Walk” – a series of five tours to prominent buildings in the area (morgue, courtroom, etc), where local high school drama students stage mini-plays with ghastly, ghostly, and ghoulish plots. There are multiple tour options: some family-friendly; others creepier (identified as G or PG). Befitting the familial atmosphere, the scares are relatively mild. But watch out: after the plays are over, the ghouls show little interest in letting you walk away; they will pursue you as you head to the next location.
The event includes live entertainment, a kids carnival, souvenir stands, food vendors, Tombstone Trolley, and the Dark Dreams Doorway.
Ghost Walk Riverside takes place in downtown Riverside. Tours depart from the Main Street Pedestrian Mall.
Note: This is a rain-or-shine event.