The Dancing Dead: 10 West hosts zombie prom

Daily Reporter staff reports

FORTVILLE — Halloween hasn’t fallen on date night since 2009, so dig up a date for the Saturday’s Zombie Prom.

Your dance with the undead runs 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Ten West Center for the Arts, 10 W. Church St. All ages are invited and encouraged to dress in their Zombie best for an evening of music, food and activities.

Events coordinator Andrew Okerson, 22, is in charge of planning, but the idea actually came from Okerson’s father, Paul.

“He thought it would be a good fundraising idea, so we went with it,” Andrew Okerson said.

Ryan Dockery, 18, volunteer coordinator for Ten West, said he loves the idea of a Zombie Prom.

“Paul comes up with lots of ideas. Some of them are really out there, but this one was doable,” Dockery said.

Okerson will serve as both emcee and D.J. for the event, which will include a costume contest. The costume contest is open to all attendees, and prizes will be given in the categories of Best Zombie and Best of Show for kids, teens and adults.

As a part of both the Mt. Vernon High School drama department and the Ten West theater group, Dockery thinks attendance will draw heavily from the theater students.

And Dockery expects to be impressed.

“They like to dress up,” Dockery said, “so I’m sure there will be a lot of interesting costumes.”

Just like at a high school prom, a Zombie Prom king and queen will be chosen. Volunteers will select a court of four people, and then prom-goers will get a chance to vote on a king and queen by submitting votes into the ballot box.

Snacks and finger foods will be served, and a bartender will provide mocktails, non-alcoholic versions of popular cocktails, to those who attend.

Although the event is advertised for all ages, Okerson suggests that the 12 and under set might want to stay home.

“It might get a little scary,” Okerson said.

If you go

Zombie Prom

8:30 to 10:30 Saturday

Ten West Center for the Arts, 10 W. Church St., Fortville

Tickets are available at or at the door for $10 per person, $15 per couple

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Christine Schaefer is arts editor and editorial assistant at the Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3222 or