Daily Reporter staff reports
GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Zombie Stomp and HauntFest is back for its fourth year with the Graveyard Stompers band returning as one of the highlights of this year’s event.
The HauntFest and Zombie Stomp, sponsored by KidsPlay, Inc. children’s theater and the CrazyLake Acting Co., will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Memorial Building, 98 E. North St. This all-ages event includes live music, a Zombie Walk, a costume contest, a photo booth, games, crafts, face-painting and food.
The Graveyard Stompers, an Indianapolis band that was voted as Sammy Terry’s pick for “Best Local Band to See Live,” made its first Greenfield appearance at last year’s Zombie Stomp.
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Brad Lenser of Greenfield and his family attended last year for the first time and enjoyed themselves.
“The Graveyard Stompers had an awesome debut here in Greenfield,” Lenser said. “I loved their retro 80s music.”
The Graveyard Stompers, featuring vocals, guitar, bass, drums and a horn section, play original compositions, spooky tunes and 80s rock, so attendees would do well to brush up on their “Thriller” dance moves.
Organizers have used their planning time to work to make the event more family-friendly without losing the edginess of the zombie theme.
One change is the expansion of the costume contest. They will continue to have the zombie category, but this year, they’ve expanded the categories to include a 12-and-under category, Best Disney Princess, Best Superhero, Best Celebrity Costume and Most Original.
The Zombie Walk leaves from the Memorial Building, 98. E. North St., at 6:30 p.m., wanders through the downtown area accompanied by zombie overlord guides and returns to the Memorial Building for the costume contest, music and other activities.
Local photographer Greg Chaney has attended the HauntFest and Zombie Stomp since it started in 2012, thinking the event might be a good place to see people in some cool costumes and unusual make-up. Chaney, 60, is a big fan of any event that includes dressing up and can often be found at cosplay events throughout central Indiana.
Chaney enjoys the reactions from the spectators who line the streets to watch the Zombie Walk or who are just driving by and happen to spot Greenfield’s undead.
“People are driving down the street and have no idea an event like this is going on. I’ve even seen people drive around the block and come back for a second look,” he said.
A $5 wristband includes admission to the Zombie Stomp with the Graveyard Stompers, participation in the Zombie Walk, and Halloween videos for kids of all ages in the Dungeon. Carnival-style tickets will be on sale for the costume contest, games, crafts, and food. For more information, visit Greenfield Zombie Stomp and HauntFest on Facebook or call 317-477-2787.
The Greenfield HauntFest and Zombie Stomp will be conducted from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 24 at the Memorial Building, 98 E. North St. This all-ages event includes live music, a Zombie Walk, a costume contest, a photo booth, games, crafts, face-painting and food.
A $5 wristband includes admission, participation in the Zombie Walk, and Halloween videos for kids of all ages. Carnival-style tickets will be on sale for the costume contest, games, crafts, and food.
For more information, visit Greenfield Zombie Stomp and HauntFest on Facebook or call 317-477-2787.