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Willmar, Minn., zombie walk kicks off Halloween season for some

Heather Perry, left, and Erica Christensen, both of Raymond, practice their zombie-like expressions Friday for the Willmar Zombie Walk. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)1 / 4
Elaine Geske, 11, left, and Kennedy Haglund, 12, both of New London, wait Friday for the Willmar Zombie Walk to begin. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)2 / 4
Mike Geske of New London suits up Friday in his "arrow jacket." His wife and children also were looking forward to the Zombie Walk. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)3 / 4
Steve Titrud of Willmar gets a shot of blood to his zombie makeup Friday. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)4 / 4

WILLMAR -- Area zombie fans, wearing creepy makeup and dressed in torn and ''bloody'' clothing, walked along South First Street Friday afternoon from the Kandi Mall parking lot to Robbins Island, waving to motorists and having a good time.

Organizers said this was the third year for the Willmar zombie walk. They were hoping about 50 people would participate.

At Robbins Island, they danced to a zombie-themed band and had a meal. Any money received from the freewill donation will be given to the Willmar Area Walk to End Alzheimer's, which takes place this morning at Robbins Island.

Angela Geske of New London, along with her husband, Mike, and their four children were among the freaky-looking folks gathering for the event. They started with a walk through the mall.

"We're big Halloween people so we wanted to do something more along these lines and still donate anything to charity,'' she said.

Geske said a car was to follow the walkers to give rides to anyone who got tired.

The purpose of the walk, she said, is to have fun and to kick off Halloween, which this year falls on a Monday.

"We do another charity event in Wisconsin the other weekends of October,'' she said. "Halloween seems to get kind of overlooked between Christmas and the other holidays and it's our favorite.''

People brought their own costumes. Some people use regular clothes and tear them up. Geske was dressed in hospital scrubs. One young participant was dressed as a party girl. Another was wearing footy pajamas and had a teddy bear. All were freaky and ghoulish looking.

"We'll help with makeup if they want it,'' Geske said.

Mike Geske was wearing a white coat with arrows sticking out of it, along with some creepy makeup over one eye. He said his children were looking forward to the walk.

"They think this is a blast,'' he said.

David Little
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