Starting at 4 p.m., downtown Carbondale will turn into a scene from the Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead or any other zombie movie you want to insert into this sentence.
Residents can relax, because it’s not a zombie apocalypse, it’s the seventh annual Zombie Walk, sponsored by Zesty Designs.
Jessie Sims, owner of Zesty Designs looks forward to the annual event, which started because she just wanted to have some fun around Halloween.
“This whole thing started originally because it was something I wanted to do with my friends,” She said. “I started talking about it on Facebook, and it grew, and started to involved a lot more people.”
“Zombies” can meet at the Gaia House in Carbondale from noon to 3 p.m. on day of the zombie walk for makeup and registration. Registration is 10 dollars, but anyone who brings 10 or more canned food items to donate will receive three dollars off the registration fee. This year, the canned food drive is going to benefit the Good Samaritan House.
Once makeup is complete, the dressed-up participants will walk from the Gaia House, through the Carbondale Strip to the pavilion area to showcase their creative costumes.
Many people come out to participate with students and families alike participating, Sims said. Each year brings many returning participants, but there are still some newcomers every time. Some local businesses have helped support the event by donating prizes, and Sims loves that they want to be involved.
Felicia Dawn Photography, Mike’s Music, Beads by Becky and Fat Patties have all donated prizes to the walk.
Although Zesty Designs does get exposure from the event each year, Sims said the main draw is seeing how much people enjoy getting dressed up and having fun on The Strip.
“I love seeing the costumes,” she said. “In past years, we have had a theme but I think sometimes it limits the creative fun people have with costumes. This year we are letting people dress up as whatever they want.”
Sims said the walk encourages creativity and gives people a chance to be themselves.
“People come dressed out as all sorts of things, they aren’t just limited to zombies,” Sims said. “I never know what people are going to dress up as next. I can’t wait to see what costumes people wear this year.”
For more information check out carbondalezombiewalk.weebly.com