Zombie parade Saturday

Published 9:42 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

Get ready to be thrilled – maybe even scared.

The annual Zombie Parade and Monster Fest is scheduled for Saturday at Beach N Tans on US 601 South in Mocksville. Proceeds benefit Milling Manor, which provides services for disabled adults.

Organizers Mike and Sandy Depeuw welcome all zombies and monsters, as well as others (zombie food) to the event. A parade starts at 3 p.m. and travels on US 601 South to the shopping center and back. Line the roads to see tricked out hearses and tanks, folks dressed in their zombie best, and maybe even a few surprises.

The event opens at 10 a.m., with vendors and food. Kids events start at 1 p.m. with a storyteller and crafts, including haunted suckers. Some of the costumes may be a bit scary, so use caution when bringing the younger ones.

While there is no cost to attend the event, entry fee into the parade is $10 for  for adults, $8 ages 11-17 and $6 for ages 6-10. Get a discount when bringing items for the Milling Manor group home, including paper plates and towels, toilet paper and cups.

The parade is quite a spectacle, Mike DePeuw said. Last year, there were four vehicles and about 150 walking zombies. At least 10 specialty vehicles are expected this year, and there is no limit on the number of zombies expected.

After the parade, expected to last a couple of hours, folks can dance with zombies at Beach N Tans.