MACOMB — A resurgence of zombie-oriented end of the world scenarios has entered popular culture in recent years.
Leveraging on that popularity, the Macomb Park District held a three-day Zombie Apocalypse 2017 event over the Oct. 27-29 Halloween weekend.
A variety of spooky-events offered area residents an opportunity to express their Halloween enthusiasm.
A costume party benefiting McDonough County VIBE (Volunteers Interested in Benefitting Everyone) was held at The Outskirts on Friday.
Park District Executive Director Rachel Lenz said there were two costume contest brackets for adults and children, and there was a double-feature movie showing of “Hocus Pocus” and “Beetlejuice.”
“So, it looks very similar to our typical move nights in the park, but just a lot more going on – more themed,” she said.
Refreshments were provided by HyVee Catering and First Bankers Trust.
Other events included a 5k Zombie Run on Saturday. Shuttled from Chandler Park to Horn Field Campus, participants could run in a professionally-timed 5K run, be chased by zombies to provide a little themed motivation or come in a costume to either watch or join in the run. The 5K route finished in Chandler Park.
After the 5k run, people were invited back out to The Outskirts for an ‘After Life Party’ with live music from Jera and the Absoluts.
“It’s a fun way to end a Saturday night with friends and family,” Lenz added.
Menu items such as zombie flesh (which is pulled-pork sandwiches) were served to guests.
On Sunday, HyVee did a Trunk or Treat in the green space adjacent to their parking lot. Horn Field Campus had a ‘Haunted Trail’ on Sunday for adults and kids.

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