Idyllwild Ghost Town events begin Oct. 11


Spooky fun begins in the mountain community of Idyllwild Friday, Oct. 11, with the creaky doors of the Ghost Town Lodge opening with two scary challenging mazes and a stage music performance, all with the proceeds to benefit nonprofit Young Idyllwild Inc. programs.

The Ghost Town series in Idyllwild that spans over the four October weekends and ends Nov. 2, with the returning Idyllwild Zombie Run at First Street and North Circle Drive.

The Ghost Town Lodge, in the Idyllwild Help Center, 26330 Highway 243, in Idyllwild, begins scheduled activities Oct. 11, from 7-10 p.m. Donations accepted at the door; $15 per person is suggested.

The sponsors of the Ghost Town events said, “Face your fears in the Haunted Lodge, each room a different nightmare and filled with so many spirits, find your way out of the Fallout Pallet Maze and experience the abandoned mine, watch the Semitronics Stage Show and shank your bones, while enjoying live bands.”

Each weekend night during the Ghost Town series will include live music with Children of Eden kicking it off Oct. 11, followed by Zero 2 Hero, Oct. 12; Pentagrams and Daisies, Oct. 13; Taipan, Oct. 19; Ghosts of Kelso, Oct. 20; Rogue Ogre, Oct. 26; Top Shelf Shake, Oct. 27; Daytime Moon, Oct. 31; Stonebreed, Nov. 2, and Motor Gun Hotel, Nov. 3.

The Idyllwild Zombie Run begins Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. with the starting line at Fir Street and North Circle Drive. The first runner to cross the finish line with at least one life flag will win two tickets to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Three zombies will pop out along the run wearing red flags to be captured by the runners. The first runners with a flag will win as well.

The story of the annual Ghost Town events stems from the year 1843 when eight loggers working in the area of Idyllwild camped by a fort for protection against the brutally cold winds. The loggers went missing one night and were never seen again. All of their gear, tents and supplies were left in the fort. Many people who ventured into the woods at night claim to have been chased out by zombie loggers and other monstrous creatures.

Now with the special event visitors might see a few of them, the sponsors claimed.

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