Zombies Will Devour Lawrenceburg Oct. 11
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Downtown Lawrenceburg is going to be totally dead this October.
Dead as in the undead. As in zombies staggering through the streets.
Organizers of the first ever Lawrenceburg Zombie Walk received approval for their event from Lawrenceburg City Council on Monday. The idea is to bring people to downtown Lawrenceburg, dress them up in tattered clothes and gory makeup, then make a slow walk through downtown all while raising money for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Dearborn and Ohio Counties.
“What I’m looking for is an event to bring a different person to Lawrenceburg. This will be all ages, all day,” says city employee John Johnson, the zombie-desired brains of the operation.
The zombie subculture has permeated into the American mainstream over the past 10 to 15 years. AMC series The Walking Dead is frequently among the highest-rated shows on television. Little girls even ask their parents for Monster High dolls designed to look like reanimated high schoolers.
“We’re looking to build on that popularity,” says Johnson, who has already put several months of thinking and planning into the event.
The Lawrenceburg Zombie Walk is planned for Saturday, October 11. It will begin with an event at the Lawrenceburg Public Library, then shift to the Lawrenceburg Community Center. At 2:00 p.m., the zombies of all ages will trek down Walnut and High streets before ending at the Dearborn County Historical Society’s Vance-Tousey House for a presentation. Starting at 7:00 p.m., those zombies age 21 and older will invade Lawrenceburg Main Street’s Party in the Street at the clock tower on the Ohio River levee.
“We’ll have makeup stations available in the day and during the evening. Maybe later it gets a little more gory after the kids leave,” Johnson jokes.
The event already has the backing of local businesses and organizations such as Party at Trav’s Halloween Express, Krypto’s Comix, Adam’s Art & Supply, Harrison Haunts, and Pinpoint Printing.
Sponsors and vendors are currently being sought. Business or individuals interested in helping the inaugural event should contact John Johnson at (812) 532-0745.
The zombies are almost here! Yes we all know this is not a new concept, but for Lawrenceburg it is. I apologize to all those who feel like this may traumatize or be a severe inconvenience to their children/grandchildren. I personally have 3 kids (10,9 & 4), and they are all looking forward to participating and seeing all the great costumes and make-up. This is for a wonderful cause and hope people can see it for that. Anytime something new & different is introduced to a community you are always going to have mixed reviews. Hopefully once everyone has a chance to partake and get involved they will see that this a positive thing! So come check out all the zombies and vendors! Especialy Krypto's Comix! ;)
My kids are huge fans of the walking dead and zombies! They know that they are not real and like to be scary sometimes! They are super excited to be able to act & dress like zombies to help out a great cause!
You could try staying home. Why would a two year old even be at a zombie walk? Reminds me of the liberal doctrine for everything. (If I don't like it, then it should not exist... instead of, I'll just avoid it.) I hate rap music so I avoid it. I also dislike country music so I avoid it. But I don't care if other people like it. That is the way of life.
It is not a new idea. It has been done tested and in an open area I might add. Cincinnati has been having a "Zombie Walk" for years. From Cincy to Newport and back. Crime did not increase. Kids loved it. There is no reason that adults can't dress up. Ive seen kids in more elaborate and gruesome costumes than i would have dreamed of whwn i was young. If this is to take place in front of your homes this is a great time to be a parent and teach your children that zombies are not real. Not shelter them.
I must say that I am totally disappointed that this has been ok to actually take place. I have grandchildren who are scared of Zombies and I myself do not care for them at all and to see people walking up and down my streets dressed as zombies is not my idea of fun. I can understand Halloween and everyone is dressing up but to actually make a day where there are Zombies walking down the streets is ridiculous and those who oppose it should not have to see it taking place in front of their homes and scaring their children.
Wow, once again more originality comes from Lawrenceburg. Louisvilles had a zombie walk for years....
@Tammy Hardy Then keep your children away.. see... easy
Great idea !
@VoiceOfReason2by2 You're an idiot. I should not have to keep my children from playing outside out of fear! That's absurd! If the city wants to have an event like this then it needs to be done in an enclosed facility. This could traumatize a child who is too young to understand that it is fake and for fun. And good luck identifying perps dressed as zombies when cars are broken into and things are stolen or someone thinks it would be a good idea to commit a crime because everyone participating is going to be dressed the same!
Are you unable to teach your kids when to really be afraid for a real reason? Why is Halloween OK, and this isn't? Get a life!!
@sharkie1971 There is a HUGE difference in a bunch of CHILDREN dressed, usually as their favorite Disney or Nickelodeon character, walking with their parents door to door saying "trick or treat" and asking for candy versus a bunch of ADULTS dressed as zombie's terrorizing children. I don't care if it says it's for "all ages." This could inflict night terrors, nightmares, anxiety etc. on children. I can assure you that you are not going to be able to "reason" with a two year old that they shouldn't be afraid of someone that looks like a rotting corpse. If people are ok with exposing their children to things like this, more power to them; but don't force it on all the rest of us parents that are actually cautious as to what they allow their children to be exposed to depending on the issue and the age that it's appropriate for. Something more family oriented and appropriate for ALL ages could have been more resourceful to raise money and awareness for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Dearborn and Ohio Counties.