TRAVERSE CITY -- Look out. We're about to be overrun with zombies.
Halloween events this year are heavy on the undead. Hollywood can have its vampires. Traverse City is about to be visited by ethereal visitors.
Perhaps the most visible zombies will be in Traverse City, where a 5K zombie walk/run and two-stage party are being held on Halloween, which is, praise the afterlife, NOT a school night this year.
The Z-Mash parties will be held on Halloween at the Terminal, with an under-21 bash beginning at 7 p.m. and a 21-and-older bash scheduled for 10 p.m. Promoter Sam Porter says the early party will something "parents can feel really good about" if their kids attend. He said he's "taken over the whole space" at The Terminal for a variety of acts and music.
More details of the Z-Mash are below.
Other upcoming events include:
Autumn Fest at the Grass River Natural Area Saturday isn't technically a Halloween-centric event, but there will be games and refreshments beginning at 1 p.m. -- and it's free. Call 533-8314 to register. The natural area is on County Road 618, five miles south of Bellaire.
Alden holds a Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 31, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be a costumer parade, judging, prizes and refreshments, all at Tennis Court Park in downtown Alden; 409-6876.
A haunted woods filled with witches, goblins, creepies and crawlies is set up at Shanty Creek Resort's Schuss Mountain off M-88 near Bellaire. It's not recommended for children under 10 years old. Hours are 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Friday, Oct. 30. Call (800) 678-4111, ext. 7860, or go to www.shantycreek.com.
Two haunted houses in one -- "The Dark Side," for ages 12 and older, and "Creepy and Crawly" with illusions, live critters and "gotchas." On U.S. 31 between Interlochen and Honor; $5 per side or both for $9. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight tonight and Saturday and Oct. 30 and 31 and 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday. For a tease, look up Scaryfest09 at www.youtube.com.