Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Harford Road Zombie Crawl October 22

Harford Road Zombie Crawl

Searching for ghouls is fun, but dressing and acting like one could be the ultimate Halloween drinking experience.

On Saturday, bar-crawlers, dressed as zombies, will do just that, creepily stalking Harford Road as if they're hoping to land a role on the TV show "The Walking Dead."

Rik and Shannon Marshall, a couple of Halloween enthusiasts, started the Harford Road Zombie Crawl in 2009 after a disappointing crawl downtown. It was their response to underwhelming drink specials and typical costumes ("too many people dressed as Superman and Chewbacca," Rik wrote in an email). Another perk: a non-sponsored crawl would give the zombies control in how much they spend.

The Marshalls were nervous on the Crawl's inaugural night, mostly because of rain, but they were pleasantly surprised to find zombies waiting for them at Koco's Pub. The group eventually swelled to 30. The turn-out doubled the next year.

The couple hopes this year's crawl — which kicks off at Koco's Pub at 8 p.m. — continues the trend.

"To be honest, it's just so much fun walking down the street, dressed as (and acting like!) a zombie, and scaring (amusing?) all the motorists and residents as we go," Rik says.

The Harford Road Zombie Crawl meets at Koco's Pub, 4301 Harford Road, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Drinks are not included. Free.,0,778773.story?page=2