Zombies walk amongst us

Crowds of the “undead” invaded Marietta’s historic Harmar Village Sunday evening during the Harmar Bridge Company’s fifth annual Zombie Walk.

Originally slated for Saturday, inclement weather conditions forced organizers to reschedule the event to Sunday night, according to Chuck Swaney, president of the Harmar Bridge Company.

“We moved it to Sunday mainly because of safety concerns,” he said. “The stage was soaking wet Saturday and with three dance companies and a band scheduled it just wouldn’t have been safe for those performers.”

Swaney said about 50 “zombies” showed up on Saturday, only to learn the event had been postponed.

“I wasn’t sure how many of them would return on Sunday, but all in all we’re very pleased with the turnout,” he said.

Chris and Erin Robinson, along with Erin’s daughters Abby and Olyvia Myers, all of Marietta, were among those attending their first Zombie Walk event.

“We came as a zombie family,” Chris said. “The kids love this, and we’re always up for something new.”

Erin agreed.

“This is also a great way for us to celebrate our first wedding anniversary,” she said Sunday. “We were just married a year ago today.”

Nearby the Marietta Dance Company was among 12 vendors who took part in Sunday’s event, selling hotdogs, cookies, pastries and soft drinks.

“It’s the first time we’ve sold food at this event, and we’re raising money for our competition dance team,” said parent Amber Griffiths.

She said two of the dance teams performed Sunday night, and one group has danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during all five years of the zombie event.

It took nearly an hour for David Thayer of Oak Grove to put the zombie bride makeup on his daughter Abi Thayer of Graysville Sunday.

“We were all ready and came down Saturday, too, only to learn the Zombie Walk had been changed to Sunday,” David said.

Abi said this is her second year competing in the best zombie costume event after coming in a close second last year.

Danny Ray of Parkersburg played a “mutant zombie dog” to his daughter Dani’s “zombie hunter-turned zombie” Sunday night.

“This is our first time here, and I’m really impressed by this event,” Danny said.

Sean Humberg and buddy “Zei” of Black Crimson Effects Studio were “zombifying” some of the Zombie Walk attendees with special effects makeup.

“We do special effects makeup for a variety of events throughout the community, most for local charities,” Humberg said. “We’re also putting together a haunted house for the Betsey Mills Club later this month.”

Swaney said approximately 300 people attended Sunday’s Zombie Walk V.

“If we could have held it Saturday the crowd would have been 500 at least,” he said. “Last year we probably had between 500 and 700 in attendance.”

That’s pretty good, considering the first Zombie Walk only drew about 75 people, Swaney said.

“It’s growing. People always ask us to bring it back again next year,” he said.