Celebrate Halloween with a Zombie Walk

October 28, 2012

You can celebrate Halloween in style on Wednesday courtesy of The Elkhart Truth and www.etruth.com. The paper is sponsoring a Zombie Walk and free screening of the 2009 film, “Zombieland.” People are encouraged to dress as zombies and enter the Truth’s costume contest.

From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. people can register at the Lerner Theatre lobby to win prizes for their costume. People are encouraged to walk around downtown Elkhart before the event.

Prizes will include gift certificates from local restaurants. The movie will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Lerner Theatre. Winners will then be announced at Harrison Landing at 9:30 p.m. The bar is at 600 S. Main St., Elkhart. People will also be able to vote online for their favorite zombie costume. People will be able to vote until noon Nov. 2 for the people’s choice winner. The winner will be announced at 5 p.m. that day.

Truth managing editor Greg Halling said he was not sure if the city of Elkhart has had a zombie walk before. The idea came when his daughter, Emma, who goes to the University of Kansas, stumbled upon the Lawrence, Kan., Zombie Walk while on a run. She said it was “the greatest run of her life,” according to Halling.

The Truth’s publisher, Brandon Erlacher, approved the idea, and they decided to partner with Downtown Elkhart, Inc. for the free movie. While the movie will be free, donations of canned goods and cash will be accepted and distributed to local food pantries.

The movie is rated R so children younger than 17 need to be accompanied by an adult. Halling encourages “zombie” families to stop by. He said he hopes participants look like they’ve “walked off the set of ‘The Walking Dead,’” referring to the popular AMC show about zombies.