“LIKE A BIG THEME PARTY”: FIFTH ANNUAL ZOMBIE WALK TAKES ASBURY PARK

Sports stars, jilted brides, superheroes and thousands more of the exceedingly pale and hollow-eyed were all counted at the fifth annual New Jersey Zombie Walk in Asbury Park on Oct. 6.

“It is like a big theme party,” said Chris Pennington of Middletown who came to the city with five zombie friends.  “This is our fourth year here and it keeps getting better.  We love getting wrapped up with the atmosphere and the people.” (more below)

Jorge Varela of Allenhurst, John Butler of Asbury Park and Devin McGovern of Ocean Grove at the WonderBar for the fifth annual New Jersey Zombie Walk 2012

Event organizers suggested triple as many zombies appeared in Asbury Park this year compared to 2010, when Guinness World Records recognized the event’s 4,093 zombies walking as the largest gathering of zombies.

“I grabbed my real wedding dress, splashed some red paint on it and my friend did my hair and makeup,” said Gloria Velez of Barnegat.  “We are so glad we did not miss this.”

The undead marched south from Convention Hall ultimately ending the walk downtown at Press Plaza where zombies performed and danced in the streets.

“I am amazed at the different imaginations here,” said Joe Fisher of Keyport.  “Nice to see all these happy people having a good time.  Next year my wife and I are planning to come back dressed up as zombies.”

The New Jersey Zombie Walk is organized by photographer Jason Meehan with support from Mariel Pietrykoski, Beth Bernardo and Sarah and Sean White.  Meehan created the event in 2008 after hearing about zombie walks in other cities.

Follow the Zombie Walk on Facebook.  And check NJZombieWalk.com for 2013 information.

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