Rochester Hills Public Library to host Zombie Walk

Bust out the tattered clothing and embrace your inner undead.

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) is having a Zombie Walk on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

Just in time for the season premiere of AMC Networks’ “The Walking Dead,” attendees are asked to dress like a zombie, and then walk through downtown Rochester and the Paint Creek Trail with library staff.

Participants will meet in the multipurpose room, which is just inside the library, where they can fill up on free cider and donuts provided by the Paint Creek Cider Mill. Along the way, these “walkers” can pass out candy to those who came out to see the crowd.

Festivities will wrap up at Rochester Mills Brewery for an afterparty, where participants can enjoy drink and appetizer specials.

And if the fun of dressing up isn’t enough of an incentive, there will be prizes for the top three zombies.

Prizes will include a professional makeup kit, the latest season of “The Walking Dead” and a gift card to Rochester Mills Brewery.

The event will be open to all ages, as well as non-residents.

“We want our community to be able to meet new people, hang out with friends and enjoy something fun,” said RHPL Community Relations Assistant DJ Bond, who was in charge of coordinating the event.

This is the first time the library is hosting the event.

However, it held something similar over the summer with its successful Pokémon walks.

The RHPL had noticed they were being heavily frequented by people playing Pokémon GO. Therefore, they began to host walks every Wednesday evening, during which attendees could stroll through the trails and catch Pokémon.

“During that time, we typically had over 100 people come each week just for that event,” Bond said. “As the weather started to cool and everyone went back to school, we wanted to still have an event that brought the same amount of activity but wasn’t just for playing the game.”

As zombie walks have become increasingly popular in communities all over the world, the RHPL thought it would be a great idea.

“We want to reach that same audience with the Zombie Walk while promoting all the other services the library has to offer,” said Amanda Harrison, the library’s community relations specialist, in a press release.

It’s also the first time the RHPL has partnered with the Paint Creek Cider Mill.

“When the library approached us about this idea, it sounded like so much fun I knew we wanted to get involved,” said Paint Creek Cider Mill owner Ed Granchi in a press release. “Community engagement is very important to the Paint Creek Cider Mill and we are proud to be a part of this community.”

This outing is planned to be a great escape from reality.

“Between school, work, election drama and family responsibilities, we have tons of obligations and issues that can drive up our stress levels,” Bond said.

He mentioned the stress might make someone feel like a zombie.

“Events like this at the Rochester Hills Public Library serve as meeting place for us to get together and enjoy ourselves,” Bond said. “We want to celebrate some of the things you read and watch, along with giving you an excuse to gather your friends and have a good time.”

If interested in attending, register beforehand through the library’s calendar.