Get your scare on

The zombies are coming

By Bonnie Blackburn
October 20 is shaping up to be one of the biggest nights in downtown creepiness. It’s Fright Night, and there will be vampires and ghouls and zombies — lots and lots of zombies. At 5:30 p.m., there’s the fifth annual Zombie Walk, but that’s only the kickoff of what promises to be a frightfully good time.

Fright Night is sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District, though it’s hard to see how unleashing hordes of zombies can improve downtown. They’re awfully messy, what with the blood and brain-eating and the dripping fangs and all.

Zombies can convene at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., for a Braineater’s Ball from 6-10 p.m., featuring art, music and dancing, plus a collection of short horror films from local filmmakers, a costume contest and a showing of the 2012 horror film “V/H/S” (which is definitely not for the faint of heart).

ARCH, the historic preservation group, will feature “Murder, Mystery & Mayhem,” a walking tour of “Fort Wayne’s Nefarious Past” that highlights building collapses, bloody battles and more. (They’re also offering ghost hunts at the group’s headquarters, the Alexander Rankin House and at the former Canton Laundry on Broadway.)

Speaking of ghost hunts, the Embassy Theatre will be scaring up its ghost(s) with the help of the ghost-hunting group Indiana Paranormal Inquisitors. This is an overnighter, beginning at 11 p.m. and lasting until 4 a.m. If you’re not interested in spending the night there, you can still get your scare on by watching the 1919 silent film, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” one of the creepiest horror films ever made. Dennis James will provide the music on the Grande Page organ.

The Fort Wayne Dance Collective offers up “Fright Nightmares,” a dance performance with choreography from seven local artists. The Voices of Unity Choir will accompany the dancers as they explore being abducted by aliens, chased by the unknown or locked in a cage with the remnants of the movie “Carrie.” This is definitely not a show for little kids, the Dance Collective warns.

If you’re not interested in getting frightened out of your wits, or have small children who just want to dress up and have a good time, there’s plenty for you, too. The Fort Wayne TinCaps open the gates at Parkview Field for a scavenger hunt with Johnny TinCap. The Grand Wayne Center and Hilton Hotel offer a family-friendly costume dance and parade at their Ghostly Gala, and the Community Center’s Halloween Haunt includes kids’ crafts and games such as Halloween cornhole, pumpkin bowling and “pick-the-pumpkin.” The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory has a “Pumpkin Zone” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., where kids can learn about pumpkins and make pumpkin crafts, play games and enjoy snacks.

But we all know it’s really about the zombies. You can come dressed as your favorite brain-eater or you can get frightfully decorated at the “Zombie Machine” from 2-5:30 p.m. The Zombie Parade kicks off (watch out for flying body parts) at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library plaza on Wayne Street. Then, stagger through downtown with the rest of the horde — you know you want to. Just leave our brains alone, thanks.

Posted: Fri, 10/19/2012 - 12:39 pm
Last updated: Tue, 12/04/2012 - 2:10 pm