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Lansdale Zombie Walk, Hearse Parade, 'Thriller' Dancing Highlight November First Friday

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The dead will rise (and walk and stumble) after Halloween in Lansdale.

Discover Lansdale's November First Friday on Nov. 7 will feature the inaugural Lansdale Zombie Walk, a hearse parade and dancing to “Thriller” as part of post-Halloween festivities in the downtown.

There is a chance for people to win prizes and trophies for the zombie walk and hearse parade.

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The all-ages Zombie Walk is rain or shine and kicks off at 6 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale.

There will be makeup artists on hand to zombify people for free. Attendees are welcome to do their own zombie makeup prior to the event.

The zombie walk will begin with a ribbon cutting by Towamencin resident Lady Despaira of Old Bloodworth Manor, and a police vehicle will lead the walk up Main Street, complete with bloody handprints all over the car. The walk ends at Railroad Plaza.

After the zombie walk, a parade of hearses will take over Main Street. Hearses will then park in Madison Parking Lot, for its drivers to take part in a contest. The hearse competition runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Guests can vote for his or her favorite via ballots located outside Dresher Arcade. Categories include “Best Hearse” and “Scariest Hearse.” Winner of “Best Hearse” gets a wine basket from Woofs and Whiskers Pet Care and winner of “Scariest Hearse” receives a special gift from Henning's Trains.

Judging for the zombies will take place at 8 p.m. at Railroad Plaza, with categories like “Best Zombie” and “Best Zombie Couple.”

Other prizes include a $100 gift certificate to Fortuna Tattoo Arts in Telford and a $50 gift certificate to Montella's Sports Bar in Lansdale.

All winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m.

Prizes include a “Brushes and Booze” gift certificate for up to six people for Creepy Girls Crafts & Curios for “Best Zombie” and a free “rare” steak dinner for two at Gimaro Seafood and Steaks for the winner of “Best Zombie Couple.”
An after-party will then be hosted by Creepy Girls Crafts & Curios, Delia's Makeup and Theatrical Supplies and Comic Archive, all businesses located in Dresher Arcade. The after-pary will have free food, refreshments and beer.

Celebrity artist Scott Kirschner, who created images used in the “Magic: The Gathering” card game, will be appearing to sign items for free. Kirschner will also be selling his prints. Kirschner's “Magic: The Gathering” cards can be purchased at Comic Archive.

Comic Archive also has for sale superhero zombie costumes based on DC Comics' “Blackest Night” series, and it will hold a “Magic: The Gathering” open forum gaming during First Friday.

At 6:30 p.m., a “Thriller” dance rehearsal and performance will occur at Railroad Plaza. Red and black leather jacket not required.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests are encouraged to bring their own carved or painted pumpkins to Railroad Plaza to put on display down Main Street in a luminary fashion.

First Friday will also feature various vendors, a family fun area at Main Street and Susquehanna Avenue and live music on Wood Street outside Round Guys Brewery.

Cat's Meow Mystical Shop will host a mini psychic fair and murder mystery book signing. There is a fee for tarot readings.

Royal Comics and Gaming will offer “The Walking Dead” paraphernalia for sale.

For more details, follow the event page on Facebook here or visit www.discoverlansdale.org.

Lansdale will not be the only town to host a zombie walk. Towns like Salem, Massachusetts and Monroeville, Pennsylvania host zombie walks, with the latter holding a “Day of the Dead” event that also serves as a canned food collection drive.

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