Riverside haunts downtown

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VALERIE OSIER | STAFF WRITER

Riverside and surrounding areas are being transformed into ghoulish attractions and spooky haunts in preparation for Halloween.

The city of “arts and innovation” is becoming a haunted city full of spooky art, events, and haunts.

One of these haunts has a bone-chilling legend behind them.

Coffin Creek Haunted Attraction in Corona started off its legend back in 1938.

After 14 days of rain caused severe flooding, 13 coffins were discovered floating in a small creek in a wooded area in Corona.

Some of the remains from inside the coffins have still yet to be found.

Since then, locals have been calling it “Coffin Creek” and it is currently a haunted attraction.

The attraction has several scary mazes, a hayride, a magic show and a lot more.

One of the guided maze tours is called the “Chambers of the Mausoleum” and takes people through underground catacombs and tombs, as well as through a swamp and old church filled with monsters and terrifying creatures.

The Zombie Crawl is another spooky event happening in Downtown Riverside on Oct. 19 from 3-9 p.m.

Each attendee is asked to pick a side: zombie or survivalist?

Makeup artists will be there to help the zombies look to their best potential.

Josh Roa-St. Pierre, local haunted house designer, will host zombie survivalist activities and demonstrations on how to act like a zombie.

There will be a DJ as well as activities for children.

For the kids on Oct. 25, the Grove Community church will be hosting its annual “Trunk or Treat” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This Halloween alternative is free to all children ages 12 and under and includes carnival activities, bounce houses, giant slides, rock wall, police and fire equipment, food, music, face painting, child safety information and of course, candy.

UCR will help haunt the city with scary films on Oct. 18 and 19 at 9 p.m.  Movies that will be showed are “Shawn of the Dead” and “Army of Darkness.”

As a finale to most of the local festivities, a Halloween Carnival will be held at the Arlanza Community Center on Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m.

The event will include game booths, art and craft projects, entertainment performances by various community center cheer and dance teams, music and a costume contest.

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