Hundreds of zombies and thousands of spectators gathered on the sidewalk of Massachusetts Street Thursday night for the annual Lawrence Zombie Walk, a celebration of the undead. Whether they were dressed in ghoulish costumes or just there to watch, everyone seemed to be having a good time. Here are some of the evening's tales:
Excitement for the zombie walk got little Cooper Coleman, of Lawrence, through his school week, but when the ghouls hit Massachusetts Street, the Prairie Park second-grader lost his nerve. “I was scared," Coleman said, keeping close to his mother. "The other zombies are really freaky!”
Joseph Hunter, of Lawrence, donned a sticky concoction of pancake syrup, fake blood and cornstarch to complete his ghoulish ensemble this year. After participating for seven years, he has business of costumes down to an art. “I think I look like a person coming right out of the grave,” Hunter said.
Jane and Fred Heiserman, of Lawrence, were fascinated by a zombie with a "big, bloody drool." When asked if they had been been approached by any hungry zombies, they said, "Not yet."
Jimmy Claderon and his nine-year-old son, Ivan, of Lawrence, were participating in their "fourth or fifth" Zombie Walk on Massachusetts Street. "He's been snacking on humans since he was a baby," Jimmy said of his son.
Tyler Gregory and Crystal Stone, both of Lawrence — along with their zombie hound, Jack — said they had fun trying to scare people on the walk. Of his compatriots, Gregory said the most notable one he saw was a woman who pretended to be chomping on her baby's head.
Brad and Hannah Englebert, of Lawrence, said they watch the zombie walk every year, and that the 2013 edition featured more agile zombies, similar to those seen in the recent movie "World War Z."
Eric Hyde, of Lawrence, was one of many parade-goers who marveled at a zombie who as dressed in military fatigues, was especially animated and grunted loudly. Hyde enjoyed the sight so much that he ran down part of Massachusetts Street for a chance to film him.
Teresa and Dan Rew, who stood on a concrete flower pot near 9th and Massachusetts, also noticed the uniformed zombie. "The ones in character are the most enjoyable," Dan said.
While Jessica Dietrich-Rold and Dana Olson, of Edward, had meticulously assembled their own gory garments, it was their dog, Edward, who was most popular among the undead. “He’s getting all the zombie attention,” Dietrich-Rold said. “He’s fresh meat!”