KING CITY — A haunted graveyard, gory face painting and a camp fire set the stage for Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum’s seventh annual Ghost Stories bonfire at San Lorenzo County Park in King City.

Before the ghost stories began, the thrill seekers were able to get their faces painted, feel different slimy things and grab a snack and beverage at the snack shop.

The Oct. 20 bonfire scene was set as the guests walked down the steps in the MCARLM camp site and encountered a haunted cemetery filled with “ghosts” and more.

MCARLM President Steve Wilson began the night of scares with a story about a little girl who owned a dog that slept under her bed, and if she was ever frightened, the dog would lick her hand. The story takes various different forms but always comes down to the dog isn’t the one licking her hand one night.

Along for the Ghost Stories were Evelyn Gonzalez, Julissa Selestino-Merrino, Gilberto Gonzalez and Xavier Gonzalez. The Gonzalezes said they liked the green ooze coming out of the metal canister and the ghost faces.

“I wanted to come to be around the campfire and to listen to the stories that everyone tells,” said Jennifer Calderon. “It’s our first time, so we’re excited.”

Calderon came with Jacob Calderon, who really liked the decorative spiderwebs at the park.

The Ghost Stories event is part of MCARLM’s annual educational program and started with featured storytellers, followed by an open mic format for visitors to tell their own stories.

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