Would you like to join the living dead in a walk through Downtown Lodi? OK, how about dancing like Michael Jackson did on his “Thriller” video? Friday is the night, when paranormal enthusiast Tom Presler will lead a zombie walk through Downtown.
“Everyone who comes out to Downtown Lodi on the 29th, whether as participants or spectators, will have a load of fun,” said Presler, who lives in Lodi.
Presler said he wanted to do something that is not only fun, but different from the typical Halloween fare in Lodi.
The walk is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Umbrella Alley, located in an alley west of Sacramento Street between Lockeford and Locust streets. Presler would like people to arrive closer to 5 p.m., however.
If you arrive a little late, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding the undead walkers, Presler said. Just look along School Street for a bunch of zombies.
But if you get to Umbrella Alley at 5 p.m., you’ll get to see Patricia Moore, a dance instructor at Exotic Girl in Lodi, who will lead a dance to “Thriller.”
“Right now, we have 130 zombies,” Presler said Monday. “Zombie dogs are welcome, but if you bring your zombie dog, bring your zombie Pooper Scooper, too.”
At 7 p.m., a Halloween costume party will begin at Umbrella Alley. For $20, participants can go through a haunted house in the Umbrella Alley building as much as they want. Admission will also include dancing to DJ music, food and beverage by Lodi Beer Co. and costume prizes. You must be at least 18 years old to attend.
The haunted house will also be held tonight through Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. for $5. Umbrella Alley will have a drawing for two free tickets to Friday’s costume party. Raffle tickets will be available tonight through Thursday at the business.
And Pizza World, 651 N. Cherokee Lane, will host a special dinner for zombies and show zombie movies after the zombie walk.
The popularity of zombies started with the horror movie “The Night of the Living Dead,” released in 1968 and remade in 1990 and 1996.
“I wish I could tell you the zombie walk was my idea,” Presler said. “It has happened in other parts of the country and world.”
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “zombie” as a supernatural power that, according to voodoo belief, may enter into and reanimate a dead body. Another definition is resembling the walking dead.
Presler said that some Downtown businesses will offer specials during the zombie walk. One will be at Stooges, where all zombies dressed in costume will be offered a special on zombie and brain hemorrhage drinks.
“I can’t give it away, but something special is planned for a couple of the businesses,” Presler said.
The event will also benefit Lodi Support Our Troops, an organization that sends care packages to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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