Walking around the parking lot, a pack of zombies made their way to Midway Boulevard, dragging their feet as they walked.
“We look more like a family than we ever have,” Arianna Basoco said.
More than 200 zombies walked their way down Midway Boulevard Saturday, Oct. 26. The level of participation took everyone by surprise.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” said Kathy Reed, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We’re well over our goal of a hundred people at this point.”
Four volunteer makeup artists from the Whidbey Playhouse were moving as fast as they could to make sure everyone was ready for the zombie crawl, which was part of the Monster Mash Street Bash put on by the chamber. Reed said they planned the event in three weeks.
Basoco said the family started off the day at a soccer game and decided to attend the event that evening. They already had gone glow bowling, and the kids loved learning to dance to the “Monster Mash” after getting their zombie makeover.
“It was something the whole family could enjoy,” Bascoco.
Other families applied their zombie make-up at home. Elizabeth Rodriguez helped her family dress-up for the occasion.
“I did all the make-up for under $5,” Rodriguez said.
Her family is a big fan of “The Walking Dead” television show, and thought the crawl combined with kids activities would be a great outing for the family.
As the undead crowd made its way down the road and parents coached their children to “drag their feet more,” all the businesses were surprised by the turnout.
“Midway used to be the main street; to get some energy and something happening on that street again is important,” said Allenda Jenkins, playhouse board member.
At Oak Bowl & Mario’s Pizza, families filled the bowling lanes, and kids scampered around the musical graves — a spinoff of musical chairs.
“I went online and searched for Halloween games and found this,” said Karie Cockrell, Oak Bowl & Mario’s Pizza manager. “It’s porbably why I’m losing my voice.”
At Pacific Grace Tax and Accounting, kids and adults played traditional carnival games and made their way through the “creepy cottage.”
“The creepy cottage is aimed at younger kids, so it’s not too scary,” said Ronnie Wright, Pacific Grace owner. “The turnout is better than I expected, and its great to see all kids.”
Up and down the street, people were partaking in all the activities. Tee to Green owner Beau Bayliss dressed as a golfer zombie and even had a putter sticking out of his shirt. Zombies were able to play golf outside the shop.
“Business is alive with the undead,” said Abbie Martin, graphic design and new member outreach for the chamber.
Upon finishing the crawl, the zombies quenched their thirst with cider and popcorn. Crafts and old scary movies were also available for them.