The Woodward News

October 23, 2013

Zombies will be out on Saturday

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — The undead will be walking the streets in Woodward this Saturday seeking foooooood.

The public is invited to dress up in their best zombie costumes and join in the Zombie Walk 2013 this Saturday evening along Main Street.

The walk will begin at 4:30 p.m. with registration at Woodward County Abstract Company, 1513 Main.  Then at 5 p.m., participants will do their best zombie shuffle as they walk in character through downtown toward Centennial Park, where they can enjoy a hamburger feed at 6 p.m. followed by a movie in the park around 7:30 p.m.

In addition to enjoying some food themselves after the walk, the zombie walkers will also help provide food for school children in Woodward.  Because, according to Ashley Miller, the walk is being held to benefit Woodward's Food for Kids Backpack Program, which sends backpacks full of food home with needy students each weekend throughout the school year.

Miller is a member of the Woodward Board of Realtors, which together with the Woodward Main Street organization, is sponsoring Zombie Walk 2013.

She said the Board of Realtors has supported the Food for Kids program in the past, raising around $3,500 last year by raffling off a gun safe.

The group is holding another raffle this year, this time for a 32-inch Smart TV and other prizes including a 2014 season pass to Crystal Beach Water Park, she said.  (And raffle tickets will still be sold at Saturday's Zombie Walk.)

But as an organizer for this year's fundraiser, Miller said she wanted to do something more to try to raise even more money for the backpack program.

So she decided to try banking on the current zombie craze.

She said the popularity of zombies can be seen throughout pop culture, "from all the new movies like 'World War Z' and 'Warm Bodies' and 'Zombieland' to television shows like 'The Walking Dead,' which has become a popular AMC show."

"Zombies are really in right now, especially with it being October and Halloween coming," she said.

Miller said even her own family "are big fans of zombies," so she is hoping that other families like hers will come out to participate in the Zombie Walk 2013 and help out for a good cause.

"It's a great way to help kids in need in our area," she said.  "There's no need for a kid to go hungry, so if there's a way for the community to help out, then that's a great thing."

All proceeds from the walk's registration fees, which are only $3 for adults and $2 for children, will go to support Food for Kids.

In addition, Miller said that admission to the movie in the park will be by donation only with all donations also going to the food program.

Those wanting to watch the movie, which will be the 2013 zombie flick "Warm Bodies," need to bring their own seating, she said.

"It can be blankets, chairs, whatever they would like to bring," she said.

Miller said the movie screening is made possible with help from McKay Ford, Dairy Queen, and Spirit Country 100.1 radio.

The food from the hamburger feed will be provided by K-Bob's, and 10 percent of the food sales will also go to benefit the backpack program, she said.

Miller said other businesses have also shown their support for the program and donated gift certificates and other items that will be given away as door prizes at the Zombie Walk.  In addition, she said prizes will be awarded to the participants with the best overall costume and best overall zombie walk.

For more information about the Zombie Walk 2013, visit the event page on Facebook.