Zombie outbreak expected in Front Royal

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — Any zombie sightings Saturday night should not be taken as signs of an impending apocalypse.

Hundreds of walking dead will meander through town streets for the fourth annual Front Royal Zombie Walk.

The walk is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bing Crosby Stadium, but founder Roxanne Bauserman encouraged participants to arrive an hour early for socializing and pictures. Although it is free to walk, she asks that walkers provide donations for the Warren Humane Society and Front Royal-Warren County C-CAP.

The walk lasts about 45 minutes, starting at Bing Crosby Stadium, across Commerce Avenue, down Warren Avenue, to Chester Street, and finishing at the gazebo.

A new aspect this year will be a raffle at the gazebo after the walk. Anyone who donates to both charities will receive two raffle tickets.

A food truck and disc jockey will be set up at the gazebo, which Bauserman said gives the event the feeling of a festival.

Costumes at past walks have ranged from basic three dimensional stickers to a zombie with a pencil going through its head.

"There's some crazy stuff. You can go either way, you can do something pretty simple or you can put a lot of time into it," Bauserman said.

Blue Wing Frog will host an 8 p.m. after party, where there will be a screening of "Dawn of the Dead" and a special menu including punches called The Sickness and the Antidote, according to co-owner Kelly Sprague.

The walk was inspired by a variety of zombie-themed television shows and movies, Bauserman said.

"We love 'The Walking Dead' in this house," Bauserman said. "It was just me and some friends joking around because we like 'The Walking Dead,' just saying 'what if we ever had a zombie walk?'"

The walk has grown every year, Bauserman said. About 300 zombies walked last year with an audience lining the streets. As long as the community has an appetite for zombies, Bauserman plans to continue holding the walk.

Bauserman said the event is a lot of fun and an excuse for people to dress up the weekend before Halloween. She encouraged people to participate to support the two charities and Front Royal.

"Just get dressed up and have a good time — it's just a good, social, hometown gathering," Bauserman said.

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