The Potato House is gearing up to host its second annual Halloween Zombie Walk.
Starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 31 the walk will depart from Herb Gardner Park to the Potato House at 49 Borland Street.
“We are also planning a cooked spaghetti and red jello food fight between the Zombie Parade and Noopa Boys and Girls Club at the Noopa Club House at 5 p.m. followed by a haunted house at the Potato House site from 5 to 9 p.m.,” organizer Mary Forbes said.
Last year more than 80 people wearing costumes participated in the Zombie Walk and spectators lined Oliver Street to watch the parade.
Forbes said the zombies were very respectful and tidy, picking up their body parts as they dragged themselves along.
“The Zombie theme appeals to mass culture and is quite eye-catching as they stumble by, the true benefits of an event like this is the engagement of people past the trick or treating age to have an activity with other community members on an evening traditionally pedestrian and increasingly becoming vehicle bound,” Forbes said in a 2013 request to city council.
“Outdoor activity with members of our community walking the streets is a win-win situation of community health, physical health and pedestrian safety by increased visibility through sheer numbers.”
For people interested in creating costumes, Forbes encourages them to visit the Salvation Army’s “Zombie Rack” of clothes and Halloween costumes set aside so everyone can look their best (or worst).
“The day of the Zombie Walk, zombie face painting will be available at Dollar Dollar with professional FX artists.
“Book early with owner and Zombie Walk sponsor Carl Johnson to get your best face on,” Forbes said.
The zombies will collect at Herb Gardner Park at 4:30 p.m and the parade will leave at 5 p.m.
The Haunted House is being sponsored by local business 1st Editions Books and More on First Avenue by owner Jasmine Doulliard who will be decorating the yard and main floor of the house.
There will be three haunted options for participants to enjoy: Inside the Potato House (kitchen and parlour only): very scary, recommended for teens and adults only, behind the house: large cardboard box maze: exciting but not too scary, and in front of the house: pumpkins and bubbles for toddlers and their camera-toting parents.