PRESCOTT - Halloween is only a few weeks away, and that can only mean one thing - the undead will soon be prowling the streets of Prescott.
At least, that's what organizers of the town's first-ever Zombie Walk are hoping will happen on Saturday, October 29.
"We're just trying to get the community to come out together. It's for families and for kids," says organizer Sherry Spring, owner of King Street's Fort Town Treasures.
Prescott's Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, along with the Town of Prescott and the BIA, are sponsoring the event, and the walk will start out at the Legion Hall on Henry Street. There, all the zombies, young and old, will congregate in advance of a meandering tour of the downtown. The undead will lurch their way along Henry Street to Edward Street, proceed south on Edward to King Street, and then west on King to Center Street and then north on Center and back to the Legion on Henry Street.
Once back at the Legion, the hungry zombies can enjoy a hot dog lunch, and there may also be another surprise in store, perhaps inspired by a famous performance by Michael Jackson. Of course, there will also be some candy for the kids.
Participants are invited to come to the Legion for 11 a.m., and the event will wind up around 1 p.m., which will leave kids and their parents plenty of time to head down the street to the Howlin' Halloween Party hosted by the Friends of the Prescott Library.
"You can go right from our event to the library's party," says Spring. "It's going to be a busy day."
The Howlin' Halloween Party takes place at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at the corner of Dibble and Center streets at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.
This year's Zombie Walk is just the beginning in more ways than one. Organizers hope it will grow in future years. This year's edition will take place during the day, and is geared towards families, but it is hoped future incarnations could also take place at night.
"Next year, we'd like to try it in the evening and have a real zombie walk," says Spring.
Spring, along with her husband, Tim, has only been in business on Prescott's King Street for a year-and-a-half, but she is doing all she can to help restore some excitement and vigor to the downtown, inspired in many cases by stories she's heard from long-time Prescott residents about how things used to be.
"I love hearing stories from people about what they used to do," says Spring.
Over the last few years, a great deal of effort has been put into reinvigorating Prescott's downtown, and the challenges downtown remain a top priority for the town, the BIA and local businesses. Organizing the Zombie Walk, and having put together a recent corn boil and a window-decorating campaign, Spring is certainly eager to do what she can to help bring some of that old-time community spirit back to King Street.
"I'd love to see that again."