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Annual ‘Zombie March’ raises donations of money, food for those in need

Posted: October 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Mitch Favis, 11, left, leads dozens of "walking dead" across Newhall Avenue as Jim Scimonetti, right, plays the saxophone during the Zombie Walk, which culminated at Heritage Haunt at Heritage Junction in Newhall on Saturday.

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The streets of Newhall played host Saturday to a special episode of the walking dead.

Dozens of individuals, many ghostly pale and oozing fake blood, took part in the annual Main Street Zombie March from the Brave New World Comics store on Lyons Avenue to William S. Hart Park.

The shuffling and shambling assortment may have been hungry for brains, but their march was meant to help provide more traditional fare to those in need in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The event is a fundraiser and canned food drive to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

“It’s a great event to help feed the people in our community,” said Carol Rock, the board president for the organization. “Our goal is to make it so that no child goes to bed hungry.”

Rock said more than 100 people were expected to participate in the event Saturday evening.

“Everybody’s having fun, we’re seeing some real creativity from the people that come out,” she said.

Some of the more memorable participants included a zombie saxophone player and a zombified baseball fan who wore a sign around his neck saying he was “deader than the (Los Angeles) Dodgers.”

Some of those that decided to take part in the event included the Baca sisters, Lauren and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Baca helped gather canned food donations for the Food Pantry with her Girl Scout troop, and she said she and other members of the troop had even taken time to devise background stories for how they became zombies in the first place.

“Putting on the makeup felt pretty weird at first,” she said. “But it’s actually pretty fun.”

Her mother, Christy, was also in attendance Saturday, though she did not put on zombie makeup.

“I think it’s great to see how many people show up, and see how they all dress up,” she said.

The march ended at the annual fright fest at Heritage Junction, where attendees could visit a variety of scary attractions, all while being spooked by apparitions wandering around in the dark, including one wielding a chainsaw.

Heritage Haunt continues Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.
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