Haunted house adds ‘Zombie Walk’ to Tiblow Days parade
A fan of the television show “The Walking Dead?” A little worried about a future zombie apocalypse? Or maybe you’ve purchased a “Dashboard Zombie” from Moon Marble Co.
The 3rd Street Asylum has an event for you.
The owners of Bonner’s own haunted house are looking to capitalize on the current pop culture fascination with the living dead with a new event during this year’s Tiblow Days parade: a Zombie Walk that will stumble along at the end of the parade. The walk will copy similar events that have taken place in Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka, according to Steve Hoffine, a co-owner of JMS Entertainment, which created the 3rd Street Asylum in Bonner’s 1918 Building three years ago.
“This is just a way to get people out to have some fun and at the same time be able to generate some food or revenue for a good cause,” Hoffine said.
That’s because to participate in the walk, zombie fans not only have to show up at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Lions Park looking a little less than alive; they also have to bring a canned food donation or two to benefit Vaughn-Trent Community Services.
Hoffine said most zombie walks have benefited one or more charities, but a popular choice of charity is the local food pantry, as zombies themselves are on a never-ending hunger walk, though their food of choice is obviously different.
The haunted house has added an information page to its website at 3rdstreetasylum.com/zombie-walk with all the pertinent information, including rules and tips for participants, from how to costume yourself appropriately to best methods of portraying a zombie. While getting into character is encouraged, Hoffine said participants need to hold back on any fake attacks of those along the parade route.
“We’ll get into it as much as we can, but we also want to be safe and not cause any problems,” he said. “I believe we will have zombie handlers walking with us to make sure everybody plays along.”
JMS Entertainment has promoted the event through the other zombie walk groups and at the recent “Crypticon” convention in Kansas City, so Hoffine said they are hoping for a good turnout.
“This being our first year, we’re just kind of putting our toe in the water to see how it goes,” Hoffine said.
In addition to adding some fun to Tiblow Days and collecting goods for Vaughn-Trent, the zombie walk will promote the second year for a sneak peek of the 3rd Street Asylum during Tiblow Days.
The haunted house will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Tickets will be sold at the Bonner Springs Community Center for $13, and those who bring a canned food donation can receive a dollar off the ticket price.
The 3rd Street Asylum’s regular season will begin Oct. 4. Hoffine said they would continue to accept canned good donations for a dollar off the regular season’s $18 ticket price.