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Library to lead Teen Zombie Walk through Olde Pickerington

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A gaggle of "graveyard chic" zombies is expected to descend upon Olde Pickerington Village later this month, as part of the Pickerington Public Library's seasonal celebration.

Oct. 26, the Pickerington Public Library will host a "Teen Zombie Walk" for those in grades 6-12.

Library officials are recruiting local teens to don their best "undead" costumes, which can be complemented by the work of a professional makeup artist, to take part in what they hope will be a Halloween-related spectacle for all the community to see.

"Zombies have enjoyed some pretty wide popularity in the last few years," said Amanda Fensch, adult services manager at the library.

"They've kind of crept into our culture," she said.

"This is something harmless that I think we can have a good time with.

"We are going to be like a zombie horde," Fensch said.

The Teen Zombie Walk will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. It will start at the library, 201 Opportunity Way, proceed to Hill Road South, and continue onto Columbus Street through Olde Pickerington Village before returning to the library.

Teens are encouraged to show up at the library in full zombie costume to take part in the festivities.

Those interested are invited to accentuate their outfits by allowing professional makeup artist, Heidi Meade of The Face Paint Crew in Canal Winchester, to decorate their faces during a pre-event makeup workshop from noon to 2 p.m.

Due to time constraints, only the first 40 teens who show up for the workshop will receive makeup services from Meade.

However, others who visit the library prior to the walk can use makeup kits provided by the library to conduct their own cosmetic enhancements.

"(Meade) is working one-on-one with 40 teens that show up," Fensch said. "She's doing pretty intense sessions.

"We'll also provide makeup sets for those who want to do their own or who weren't one of the first 40 to get there."

At 2 p.m., library employees will chaperone the walk through Olde Pickerington.

They'll also take photos and video of the procession, which will be available via the library's social media accounts, including Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram with hashtag "#pplzombies."

Likewise, teen participants are encouraged to bring their smartphones to take and share photos and videos.

"We're looking for tattered clothes and costumes like that," Fensch said.

"We want them to look like they just stumbled out of the graveyard -- 'graveyard chic,' if you will."

At 3 p.m., the group will return to the library for games and food, and possibly a Michael Jackson Thriller dance-off.

There is no cost to participate in the walk and registration isn't necessary.

"We've had a lot of inquiries about this event," Fensch said.

"I have had very large groups of teens come at me in the last couple weeks, and I'm pretty sure almost half of the (Pickerington High School) Central soccer team is on board," she said.

"Our teen advisory board has been instrumental in bringing this together.

"It will look like a shuffling zombie parade."

Additional information about the event is available at www.pickeringtonlibrary.org.

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