By Lauren Reiniger
The cold wind blew in the Berwyn Gardens on Friday, Oct. 25, but that didn’t stop more than 30 children and their families from coming to the campfire and getting into the Halloween spirit. They sat on the edge of their hay bales, eyes fixed on storyteller Adrian Del Toro, cautiously waiting to hear what would happen next.
Some of the stories involved headless widows, talking dolls, ghostly housemates, and much more that caused shivers of fear among the adults in the audience. But the children stuck with it.
“In the past, we tried to be more lax and less scary, but kids started to get bored with the children’s stories. They wanted to be more scared,” said Inara Canino, recreation supervisor for the North Berwyn Park District.
However, the night wasn’t limited to haunting stories; Del Toro also told jokes and tongue-twisters.
“Why did the vampire need mouthwash? Because he had bat breath,” Del Toro said.
The entire audience burst with laughter, and some children even slapped their knees.
Del Toro even challenged the listeners with a tongue twister: “If big black bats could blow bubbles, how big of bubbles would big black bats blow?”
The Haunted Story Telling was part of Berwyn’s festive weekend and preceded the Berwyn Fall Fest on Saturday.
The North Berwyn Park District will host the Berwyn Fall Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Berwyn Gardens, featuring music, food, crafts, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, games, and a costume contest.