Zombie Walk returns on Saturday

Participants in last October's Paducah Zombie Walk shuffle down Broadway hoping to scare up some fun. Registration opens at 3:30 p.m. for this year's Zombie Walk with the walk starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. The undead march will proceed from the corner of Ninth and Broadway streets toward the riverfront.

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Spooky season shuffles onward this Saturday as the annual Paducah Zombie Walk returns to downtown.

Now in its 11th year, the ghastly tradition brings together people of all ages to murderously march down Broadway.

"The best thing I see every year is the people that get into character and bring out their kids and families to live out this undead fantasy they see on TV," said Garrett Dykes, the event's primary organizer. "That's my favorite part, and I've seen people from age 6 to 70 out on the walk.

"They really get into character, screaming and acting crazy. It's just such a fun experience."

With registration opening around 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Hometown Decorating -- on the corner of Broadway and Ninth streets -- the walk is set to begin a 5 p.m. Participants who would like their makeup done are asked to donate $3 or five canned goods, which will be going toward Family Service Society, one of Paducah's nonprofit crisis resource centers.

"We've always collected canned goods for Family Service Society," Dykes told the Sun. "We just want to help out all the people we can, especially with the upcoming holidays."

There are all sorts of ways to get involved with the walk besides being transformed into a shuffling, brain-craving mess, like joining the dance or being a fake zombie protester. Dykes also needs several volunteers to help with makeup, collecting donations and running registration.

The walk will conclude with a choreographed dance to Michael Jackson's Halloween anthem "Thriller" and costume contests for both kids and adults. Those interested in participating in the dance routine should go to the Thriller On Broadway Facebook page.

Questions about the event and interested volunteers can message the Paducah Zombie Walk Facebook page.

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