Ghosts, goblins and zombies invade Idyllwild

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It’s baaaack! All manner of frightful characters will take over the town of Idyllwild this Halloween. The Idyllwild Community Center kicks off the Halloween season with Ghost Town — Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26, 31, and Nov. 1 and 2, now in its 10th year. Live actors and animatronics set the stage for a frightfully good time. The family event, which runs the entire month of October, raises funds for education. This has been our best year ever,” said organizer Kat Wilson. “We’ve added two new rooms this year and changed all of the others. We also have some great new costumes,” she added. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 13 and younger.

Zombies invade the streets of Idyllwild starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.  The race begins at Alderwood Cabins on North Circle and ends at the Idyllwild Ghost Town at the ICC site. The race is partly on the streets and partly in the woods; in total, about a mile long. Registration is $25 and includes a Zombie Run T-shirt. Runners are invited to register online at but there is no entry fee for zombies (because they are dead and have a difficult time keeping a job).

Each runner starts the race with three lives — in this case, three red flags. The object of the Zombie Run is for runners to make their way through the zombie-filled course  — grabbing is involved — without losing lives. Lose three lives and you’re dead — not literally, but you are out of the race. The top three finishers will receive medals and bragging rights. “This is the first year of the Zombie Run and so far, response has been great,” said Wilson. After the Zombie Run, Jo’An’s will host a Zombie Aftermath Party and all participants and observers — dead or alive — are welcome.

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