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Zombies, Devils, Everyone Invited to Fenton Halloween Parade

Hold on to your brains, as Fenton gets ready for a Halloween parade and the region hosts other zombie-themed events October.

The streets of Fenton are about to get a little bit spooky.

Fenton's 2nd Annual Halloween Parade will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th, beginning and ending at the Fenton Community & Cultural Center.

This year, the parade route has been extended and will now be approximately a mile in length. The parade is open to everyone, kids and adults.

"Whether you're cute or creepy, the parade is open to anyone wearing a costume," organizer John Strayer said.

Participants must be in costume to be in parade. (Parents who want to walk with small children must also be in costume.)

The parade will again be on the sidewalk with the Fenton Police Department stopping traffic for us to cross the street. The parade route will take River Street to Silver Lake Road, then Silver Lake Road to LeRoy, then head south on LeRoy to Shiawassee, then take Shiawassee to Adelaide.  At The Laundry it will cross Shiawassee and double back to the Community Center.  Along the route there will be performance art demonstrations and it will stop at Gazebo Park for a 10 minute celebration.

Immediately after the parade there will be a costume party in the ballroom at the Community Center.  Food and drink will be served and pictures will be available from Freeze Frame Photo Booth.  The party is FREE for everyone in costume.

A Halloween art show will also be held on the first floor of the community center with entries from all area schools, open to grades K-12.  A total of $400 in prizes will be award in different age categories. The event is sponsored by Sawyer Jewelers and the State Bank. Submissions for the art show should be dropped off at Sawyer Jewelers.

The event is sponsored by Tanglewood Assisted Living & Home Care, Freeze Frame Photo Lounge, Joe & Louie's Penalty Box, Behind Your Design, and Temrowski Funeral Home.  

Other Zombie events

Zombies are taking to the streets in droves this October.

Zombie events are planned all over the Detroit Metro area. You can join the drooling, brain-eating masses, too. Here's how.

  • Zombie Walk Detroit, Oct. 13, 4 p.m. For the fifth year, creepy zombies will be walking around downtown Royal Oak raising food and funds for Gleaners Food Bank to help needy families in Metro Detroit. Royal Oak's event recognizes Oct. 13 as "World Zombie Day Against Hunger." Participating zombies are asked to bring five non-perishable or five bucks. Last year's walk raised 2,551 pounds of food and $5439.28. Get all the gory details at zombiewalkdetroit.com.
  • Utica Zombie Crawl, Oct. 13. The daylong event features a community blood drive at from 12-4 p.m.; form 4-7 p.m. Zombifying Booths Open, and a $5 donation gets you a zombie makeup application; at 5 p.m. the Take a Bite Out of Utica Zombie Crawl starts, with a $5 donation entitling participants to food and drink discounts at participating eateries in downtown Utica; 8:30pm: Zombie Wranglers will Escort Zombies to the Sinister Haunted House at the water treatment area, hosted by The Lions Club.
  • Caribou Zombie Walk, 12-4 p.m. Oct. 20, 19419 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods; hosted by Caribou Coffee. Cost is a donation of your choice, $5-$10 recommended, and all donations benefit COTS emergency shelter in Detroit, as well as CancerCares. Free drink coupons will be given for awesome costumes, door prizes for the first 25 zombies registered with donation, and a grand prize for the largest donation.
  • Cromaine's Zombie Walk for Gleaners, Sat. Oct. 13, noon: Come dressed as your favorite Zombie and bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Meet on the south lawn of Cromaine Library Hartland, across the street from the Hartland Burying Ground. All ages are welcome. Register online at www.cromaine.org.
  • Romeo Zombie Walk: The event is Oct. 6, starting at 6 a.m. for registration, and walking around 6:30 (ish). Zombies should bring 2-3 non-perishable food items to participate. Donations help homeless veterans.
  • Mt. Clemens Zombie Walk, 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Master of Ceremonies Wolfman Mac will lead the procession, starting at the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place.  Registration is $5 for those 21 and over, $3.00 for those under 21. All ages are welcome, but those 15 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. Check out a zombie makeup class at Weirdsville on New Street Oct. 26. Proceeds go to benefit the Anton Art Center. www.mountclemenszombiewalk.com

Did we miss your favorite zombie-themed event? Add it in comments or email clare.ramsey@patch.com.

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