Zombies to descend on Front Royal

By Ryan Cornell

When a horde of zombies marches through Front Royal later this month, rest assured it isn’t an outbreak.

The second annual Zombie Walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Bing Crosby Stadium. The parade of the undead will cross Commerce Avenue and continue down Warren Avenue and Chester Street before ending at the Main Street gazebo.

Front Royal resident Roxanne Bauserman created the event last year.

An avid viewer of “The Walking Dead” TV series, she said the idea started as a joke among her friends.

That first year, she expected about 150 people to attend.

More than double that amount, decked in their finest zombie get-up, showed up.

This year, she said she wants to see just how much bigger the walk could become, adding refreshments provided by Naughty Girls Donut Shop and Halloween-themed music from Mark Clay.

The Zombie Walk is free to participate, and will accept donations for the Humane Society of Warren County and the Warren County C-CAP as well as used iPod donations for Music & Memory.

Music & Memory is a nonprofit that collects used iPods for patients in nursing homes struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

For Bauserman, who lost her father-in-law to Alzheimer’s and dementia in May, the cause is personal.

“The music actually touches people in their brains and brings back memories,” she said. “I saw that and thought, ‘What a great way to honor his memory.'”

Bauserman said the parade is open to all types of zombies, including children, adults and even dogs.

“If you want to go all out, just do it,” she said. “At the end, it’s all going to be worth it.”

The event is sponsored by Lucky Star Lounge.

For more information about the Zombie Walk, visit their Facebook page at http://www.goo.gl/a2wsrJ.