Tonight will be a creepy night in downtown Moscow as it becomes infested with zombies of all ages for the fourth annual Zombie Walk and Carnival.
The event is hosted by Normal Hill, a local one-man filming company run by Matt Robinson. Normal Hill is a creative film company that produces short films for festivals and online.
This is the first year Robinson is responsible for organizing the event, which was previously organized by Zombie Sevant.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palouse Habitat for Humanity. Robinson has volunteered for Palouse Habitat for Humanity in the past and felt it would be a worthwhile designation for Zombie Walk proceeds.
Palouse Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1992 and is a non-profit Christian organization that builds, repairs and remodels homes for families in need.
Palouse Habitat for Humanity is part of the global organization and its goal is to eliminate substandard housing locally by building new homes and repairing homes that owners cannot afford to repair themselves.
They also advocate for fair and just housing policies in the Palouse while providing resources and education for families in need. The Palouse Habitat for Humanity has built houses in Uniontown, Colfax, Pullman, Genesee, Palouse and Moscow.
Robinson hosted a stand at the Moscow Farmers Market Saturday to collect donations for the charity. He said he raised about $200.
“My belief is that people do charity for a few personal reasons, it makes us feel good,” Robinson said.
Robinson has participated in the Zombie Carnival before and is excited to be hosting both the carnival and walk this weekend. The event is sponsored by Paradise Creek Bicycle and Safari Pearl.
“It’s an event for everyone,” Robinson said. “It’s very social and its fun to see a lot of different people come together.”
The Zombie Carnival will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 in Friendship Square in downtown Moscow. The carnival will feature a Zombification booth by Safari Pearl.
The carnival will end at 6:30 p.m. and be followed by the Zombie Walk, which is open to anyone.
The Zombie Walk will be filmed by Normal Hill, so all participants are encouraged to have fun and be in character.
The Zombie Walk will end at the Kenworthy Theater where an adult costume contest will take place. A few creations by Normal Hill will be featured, and finally a free presentation of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” will be shown.
Parents and guardians are advised that Normal Hill movies do contain gore and violence but do not feature any nudity or cursing. Children are allowed into all three movie showings if accompanied by an adult.
Winners of the children’s costume contest will win a surprise gift from Safari Pearl. The adult costume contest also features a surprise gift from Safari Pearl and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate toward bike maintenance at Paradise Creek Bicycle.
Those interested in participating in costume contests are asked to give donations upon entry. Normal Hill will accept contributions for Palouse Habitat for Humanity throughout the day.
“There will be zombies running around hunting brains, and donations,” Robinson said.
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