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Organizer Kim Large, says it's the perfect opportunity for zombie fanatics to do some good.

"Well, first it’s to help a good cause, and it’s something different for people to do in Fort St. John. The majority of the people are like myself and have a love for the genre, so it’s something fun and interesting for us to do."

In the walk’s first year, the event drew a crowd of close to 100 zombies, who raised a total of 366 pounds of food for the Fort St. John Food Bank. Last year, the event gathered 75 undead walkers, who raised 289 pounds of food. This year, Large hopes the event can produce even better results than the Zombie Walk's inaugural year.

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"I’m hoping we can meet out first year attendance and I’d even like to exceed the amount we raised for the food bank."

Helping to raise more food but keeping with the zombie apocalypse theme, this year will feature an extra portion of zombified fun, as the walk will culminate at the Aurora Cinema, to conclude the evening with some classic zombie movies. The Corpse Bride will be showing for the youngsters, while the older, more experienced zombies will get to watch the classic, Night of the Living Dead. Admission to the movies will be a donation of survivor food (non-perishable food items) to the local food bank, and it’s this added feature that Large feels will help the event achieve its goal. Seating is limited so if interested in watching the movie, make sure you make it to the front of the pack as seating will be first come first see.

Zombies will begin their town takeover at 4 p.m., starting from Centennial Park, with all the undead set to meet at the theatre at 5 p.m. Due to the notoriously insatiable appetite of zombies, food is the name of the game for the Zombie Walk. A Fort St. John Zombie Walk non-perishable drop box will be open for donations starting Saturday September 1, located at the Totem Mall. For more information on the event, email [email protected]

The event is open to anyone interested in participating, but parents are asked to use their own discretion when considering bringing their child into what could be a somewhat scary environment.

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