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WAUKEGAN, ILL. Oct. 14, 2013—Beware the undead: They will shuffle, lurch and even dance their way through the streets of historic downtown Waukegan during ZombieWauk on Saturday, Oct. 19. The event, marking the unofficial start of Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations, offers costume contests, pumpkin chucking, movie screenings, live music, art activities and more for children and adults of all ages.
Highlights of the daylong event include the Zombie Prom, the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Contest, costume contests for children and pets, and screenings of “Frankenweenie” and “Young Frankenstein.” Family-friendly activities begin at 1 p.m. and run through late evening. Activities designed for adults only begin at 7 p.m.
“ZombieWauk allows you to experience Halloween or Day of the Dead through different lenses—literature, visual arts, performing arts and participatory art,” said Jennifer Moore, a co-founder of Waukegan Arts District, the primary sponsor of the event. “Art is more than just about hanging something on the wall. You can be a part of the art, not just look at it. It’s an immersion experience.”
All ZombieWauk events are free, unless otherwise noted. Here’s the rundown:
- Screening of “Frankenweenie,” director Tim Burton’s stop-motion homage to the 1931 film “Frankenstein.” Free popcorn for all guests. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St.
- Reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, featuring storyteller Heather Crain. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., courtyard at Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St.
- Zombie face painting by “Dungeon of Doom” artist Chuck Castellanos. $5 donation per person. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., courtyard at Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St.
- Second Annual WAGS Pet Promenade and Costume Contest. 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jack Benny Plaza, at the corner of Clayton and Genesee Streets. For more details, go to www.facebook.com/events/202573066579449/
- Yappy Hour, pet photos ($5) and Sugar Skull activity ($10 per child, including meal; $10 per adult, with $5 voucher toward dinner purchase). 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jerry’s Taco’s, 120 N. Genesee St
- Third Annual Kids Costume Competition. First, second and third prizes will be awarded. 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (line up for judging by 3:15 p.m.), Jack Benny Plaza, at the corner of Clayton and Genesee Streets.
- Pumpkin Chuckin’ Contest. Teams representing several local pubs will attempt to throw, roll, slingshot and catapult pumpkins 300 feet—and no farther—for bragging rights plus enormous trophies artistically “reanimated” from parts of old trophies. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Parking Lot D, at the corner of Clayton Street and Sheridan Road.
- ZombieWauk Fun at Family Piano Co., featuring coloring/drawing contests with prizes, photos with Frankenstein and Elvis, hot cocoa and hot apple cider, and more. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Family Piano Co., 114 S Genesee St. For more details, go to www.facebook.com/events/644441982242880/?notif_t=plan_user_invited.
- Matinee presentation of the play “I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.” $10 admission. 5 p.m., Three Brothers Theatre Co., 115 N. Genesee St.
- Free Art Passport program. Visit all six participating galleries to get your passport “stamped,“ collect free art, and get a chance to win tickets to the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., participating gallery locations. For a list of participating galleries, go to www.facebook.com/zombiewauk
- Third Annual Metal on the Rocks, featuring performances by seven bands. 5 p.m. to midnight (all ages admitted until 7 p.m., 21 and over after 7 p.m.; ID required), La Opera Grill & Bar, 133 N Genesee St. For details on acts, go to www.facebook.com/events/547882081928086/.
- Green Town Yoga Club demonstrations. 5:15 p.m., Jack Benny Plaza, at the corner of Clayton and Genesee Streets; and. 7:30 p.m., Lake Surf Designs, 118 S. Genesee St.
- Screening of “Young Frankenstein,” Mel Brooks’ affectionate parody of classic horror films. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St.
- Zombie Prom, featuring tune-spinning by the talented Gina G. Prizes will be awarded for best couple in costume, scariest costume and most creative costume. Admission is free, but $5 donations will be accepted to support Waukegan Arts District’s 2014 Summer Saturdays concert series. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Starlight Lounge at 17 North Bar & Grill, 17 N. Genesee St.
- Late-night presentation of the play “I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.” $10 admission. 11 p.m., Three Brothers Theatre Co., 115 N. Genesee St.
“There’s so much going on in the world today, with the government shutdown and disaster preparedness mantras and counterculture movements all about self-reliance. Zombies make that fun. They also take your mind off things you don’t want to think about,” Moore said.
The third annual ZombieWauk, which coincides with the October ArtWauk, is co-sponsored by Waukegan Arts District, Waukegan Main Street, Waukegan Public Library, WAGS (Waukegan Animals Getting Saved), the Genesee Theatre, the City of Waukegan and Lake County Board Commissioner Bill Durkin.
Where: Downtown Waukegan, Genesee Street between Lake Street and Grand Avenue
When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
About Waukegan Arts District
Waukegan Arts District aims to create and support sustainable arts-based micro-economies through education, community outreach and arts-based entertainment programs that create revenue opportunities for local artists and artisans.
About Waukegan Main Street
Waukegan Main Street is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rebuilding and reinventing Waukegan’s historic downtown business district by partnering with residents, small-business owners, property owners, developers, the City of Waukegan and entities such as the Waukegan Park District, the Waukegan Port District and the Waukegan Public Library. With programs that help small businesses thrive and events that bring people of all ages downtown, Waukegan Main Street is a driving force in creating a more vibrant downtown.
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