After last year’s pandemic hiatus, event organizers from the Granada and 1313 Mockingbird Lane are teaming up to bring the Zombie Walk back to Lawrence this year.
Starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, a group of Lawrence’s spookiest will gather at the South Park gazebo. The Zombie Walk will proceed along the east side of Massachusetts Street north to Seventh Street, then return down the west side.
The event also will offer chances for professional photos to be taken and prizes to be awarded during costume contests.
This year’s Zombie Walk is sponsored by a number of community organizations, including eXplore Lawrence, I Heart Local Music and Downtown Lawrence Inc. It’s free to attend, but proceeds and donations will go to the Lawrence Humane Society. Blood bath stations at South Park will encourage $5 donations in exchange for a Zombie makeover.
Event organizer and Granada manager Mary Costello said aspects of the event, such as makeup and on-site vending, provide several opportunities for other local businesses in the community to get involved with the Zombie Walk as well.
“Our approach to organizing and marketing the event is similar to how we handle concerts at the venue,” Costello said. “Planning for Zombie Walk is always more of a community effort though, so we reach out to other local businesses to see how we can work together to promote it in fun and creative ways.”
Although the walk is outdoors, those among the undead will be encouraged to maintain a COVID-safe distance of 6 feet apart.
After having a year off, Costello said being able to gather again for the Zombie Walk is exciting.
“It’s been such a fun and unique annual event in Lawrence for so long,” she said. “We hope it will be a great turnout and hopefully we can raise some money for the Humane Society.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with the event can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.