Organizers of the annual “Ghost Walk Riverside” tours were busy Monday with preparations for the spine-tingling outings that are intended to bring the city’s haunted past to light.

“Tours range from the perfect youngster spook-fest to more daring tours for the adventurous visitor,” according to a statement released by the California Riverside Ballet, which manages the events, now in their 27th year.

“Tours are new each year and no two have ever been alike,” the CRB stated. “This event has the esteemed reputation for attracting artists from various areas, making a truly exceptional collaboration. Writers, storytellers, actors, musicians and vocalists all take part in a display of talent and walking adventure.”

This year, tour attendees will be treated to one of four downtown walkabouts that occur hourly on the nights of Oct. 26 and 27.

“Be Warned: It’s Alive” will give participants behind-the-scenes details about ghoulish incidents aboard the Riverside trolley and surrounding the Showcase Theater.

“Never Turn Your Back” will take walkers around the Riverside Historic Courthouse, through the old morgue next door and to the steps of the Riverside Police Department’s Orange Street Station.

“Nowhere to Go But Inside” will travel the halls of the Mission Inn Annex, the Loring Building and the Tower Realty office for thrills and chills, according to organizers.

Finally, “Untold Thoughts” will give participants a taste of the city’s unsettling past with a trip to Parish House, the Main Public Library and Tilden Coil.

High school students perform re-enactments and take on the roles of the goblins, apparitions, victims, malefactors and other Halloweenish figures who populate the tours, all of which begin on the Main Street pedestrian mall at the intersection of Main and University Avenue.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the ballet and its programs.

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