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Posted: 10/03/12

Zombies invade Romeo
for food drive on Oct. 6

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
Donations to benefit veteran shelter food pantry
      Undead creatures with insatiable appetites will walk among the living this weekend to put an end to hunger.
       The 3rd Annual Romeo Zombie Walk food drive is inviting everyone to shamble through downtown Romeo as the living dead on Saturday, Oct. 6.
       Registration begins at 6 p.m. behind the Romeo Creamery at 111 S. Main St. The event is expected to last roughly two hours.
       Jonathon Samuel, the event coordinator, said he wanted to hold a fun and different type of food drive in the local area when his family established the Romeo Creamery.
       He said the past two events have seen around 100 participants each and he hopes to bring even more with this year's walk around downtown Romeo.
       "This year seems like there are so many more people that are interested in showing up," he said.
       To participate, each zombie is asked to bring two to three non-perishable food items that will be donated to the food pantry at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 in Roseville. The past two years have collected more than 1,000 food items.
       Despite the horror-inspired food drive seeming to cater to a younger crowd, Samuel said ghouls of all ages are encouraged to join in.
       "There are definitely families that come, and some people bring their dogs too," Samuel said.
       A zombifying tent will be available for those who don't show up in costume. Once the walk ends, each participant will have a chance to win zombie-related prizes in a raffle.
       Joining zombies this year are special guests Wolfman Mac, Morbid Melvin and Dr. Valentine from Chiller Drive-In and Victor Von Scary and Baron Randall Graves from Fright Night Cinema. Cast and crew from the Michigan-based movie, "Kill Me Again," will also join the crowd.
       Undead walkers are asked to follow a set of guidelines while "in character," such as not scaring anyone unwilling to participate and respecting property by not banging on windows or leaving behind fake blood.
       Zombie walks, otherwise called zombie marches, hordes or mobs, began in 2001 with a zombie parade in Sacramento, Calif. They gained popularity in the mid-2000s and are held all over the world for various purposes, whether it's a pub crawl or to raise awareness for issues like world hunger.
       For more information on the local walk, visit zom-b-stuf.com.


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