PARKERSBURG - Ghouls, goblins and zombies made an early appearance on Saturday at City Park for the second annual Parkersburg Zombie and Monster Walk.
Hundreds of people dressed in zombie attire attended the walk where the admission was a can of non-perishable food or a donation for the food banks.
Audrey Decker of St. Marys described her costume as a zombie crone, which is a witch.
Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Travis Ventosa and Gabby Reed, who attended the annual Parkersburg Zombie and Monster Walk as a bride and groom who met a fateful end, talk with Tivolia Mead, who came as a zombie hair stylist.
"I'm a witch ever year, I'm a zombie crone," said Decker, who made her first appearance at the walk.
Decker said her elaborate costume was not just thrown together.
"It took me an hour to make this," she said.
Tara Fox of Parkersburg participated with her two children.
"It's fun and it helps the community by bringing in canned food for the less fortunate," she said. "The kid's love it.
Fox said her children enjoyed the walk and love the horror movies that she enjoys.
"They've actually seen 'The Walking Dead,'" she said. "I'm a big fan of horror movies, they love them too."
Tivoli Mead of Parkersburg made her appearance as a zombie hair stylist.
"This is for the food drive and this is a good cause and get money to help others they might not be able to help," she said. "There is a donation to get in, it's fun and Halloween in my favorite time of year."
Mead said this was her first time at the walk.
"I'm a hair stylist by trade so I thought I'd just do this," she said. "You only live once, and it's all in fun."
Travis Ventosa and Gabby Reed also made their first Zombie walk. Reed said she is a fan of zombie films.
"We decided to do since I've been a big zombie fan and for the cause tonight," she said.
Organizer James Moore said he was expecting several hundred participants.
"Last year we had more than 300 and we are expecting more than that this year, maybe 400 to 500," he said.
The walk is about more than Halloween fun and games, Moore said. The food is distributed to two or three food pantries, he said.
"We collected more than 500 cans of food last year," he said.