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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 1:53 pm | Updated: 7:24 am, Thu Sep 8, 2011.

Tom Presler doesn’t want to do the same thing all the time, and that includes being a zombie.

After a successful zombie walk through Downtown Lodi two nights before Halloween last year, Presler plans what he terms a “bigger, better and hungrier” event this year.

In fact, Presler’s looking for you — either as an actor or actress, business sponsor or volunteer. Or you can enter a zombie costume contest.

“Without giving it away, we’re going to have situations during the zombie walk in which we will need some actors and actresses,” Presler said. “We’re going to have a great time.”

In a desire to show that Lodi has a quirky side, Presler led a zombie walk throughout Downtown last year as people with all sorts of ugly makeup marched the streets.

This year’s walk will be held shortly before Halloween, but an exact date hasn’t been set, Presler said. He expects a bigger turnout because more out-of-towners will participate.

Like last year, Lodi businesswoman Patricia Moore will lead in a group dance to the Michael Jackson classic “Thriller” before the zombie walk begins. But this year, Moore is offering free dance lessons to “Thriller” at her fitness studio, 112 S. Church St. Dates of the weekly sessions will be determined by the level of public interest. Anyone wanting to take the free lessons may call Moore at 327-3629.

The zombie walk will also include a fundraiser for care packages to troops overseas, which Presler led last year.

To whet the appetite, a new production company, Zombie House Pictures, will present a Web series called “Diary of a Dead Man” beginning at midnight on Sept. 30. Presler calls it a “zombie and horror comedy,” or a “zomedy.” It’s about a 30-something professional turning into a zombie.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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