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Downtown Ghost Walk includes spooks

Museum on Main offers the spirit of Halloween season

Downtown Pleasanton has a haunted reputation, which is explored by Museum on Main each October as it leads tours to Main Street's most notorious sites.

A volunteer team of ghost hosts leads groups on the tours, and actors play the roles of various spirits around town. The family-friendly evening tour takes two hours and draws people from throughout the Bay Area.

"Ghost Walk is a unique experience and has successfully brought the haunted side of Pleasanton to 'life' through the stories and experiences collected from psychics, ghost hunters and shop workers over the years," museum director Jim DeMersman said. "Ghost Walk is more spooky than it is scary. It's not a haunted house type of program where people jump out to scare you."

Teen improv performers from Pleasanton's Creatures of Impulse troupe portray some of the apparitions.

"They are so fun playing the many roles of the downtown ghosts and we are pleased they will be back again this year," DeMersman said.

Approximately 1,200 people take the Ghost Walk each year, and advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tours depart the museum every 30 minutes from 6-8 p.m., Oct. 20, 21; 27 and 28.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $13 for children 12 and under. Purchase at the museum, 603 Main St., online at www.museumonmain.org, or telephone 462-2766.

Ghost Walk tours take place rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Costumes are highly encouraged.

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