Adam Black, Editor
The Ashland Beacon
Zombies will stalk the Flatwoods City Park once again this year with the third annual At the Park After Dark.
This year’s event is sure to bring the thrills and chills of brain-eating zombies to the park on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 9 p.m.
“It’s always a blast being able to plan an event that so many people get to experience and share,” co-organizer Joshua Joseph said. “We have been able to include more community members into the planning and the excitement has only kept growing.”
This year’s At the Park After Dark will include the annual Zombie Walk, meet and greets with the Paranormal Society, live entertainment, vendors, a Rave at the Grave, free inflatables and more.
“It’s not every day a child gets to experience being the center of the town’s attention in a parade in the middle of town and this allows them to put on a full costume and shine,” Joseph said.
Throughout the past three years, the event has grown, attracting more and more guests to enjoy the spooky family fun experience and adding new activities each year.
“Since its first year, we have watched it grow as far as attendance and interest,” Joseph said. “This being a special event personalized for our small town, and it being the only one of its kind in our area.”
Some new events that will be featured at this year’s event includes a look at classic horror films by Fun Time Productions and ghostology with the Greenup County Paranormal Society, a hearse car show, a haunted house and a zombification station. Live entertainment will also be available all evening long, including musical acts Housecat and Woodsheep.
“My favorite thing would have to be the amazing music that is offered every year,” co-organizer Stephanie Huffman said. “I am especially excited for our live music this year, the Woodsheep and Housecats.”
Once the event is finished at the park, guests can still enjoy a movie night in the park with the showing of Hocus Pocus. The Halloween classic is set to start at 9 p.m. in the park and played on an inflatable screen for all to see.
“A major goal would be to make this into a multiple-day event, almost like a fall festival, with an over the top nod to how festivals began in the fall time,” Joseph said.
At the Park After Dark is free to the public.
“This is a very family-friendly event,” Joseph said. “We encourage everyone to come and sport their take on zombies; feel free to stop at the Zombification Station and be transformed!”