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Zombies on the move in Oklahoma Oct. 26 and 27

By Susen Foster

The big thing these days for young people is zombie craziness. What is a zombie? At one time it was a popular cocktail made with several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice. Pleasant enough, right? Then it found its spot in late-night horror flicks such as Romero's cult movie "Night of the Living Dead." Folklore leads to the West Indies where voodoo beliefs insist a supernatural power can enter and reanimate a dead body with basic zombie characteristics such as no self-will, speechlessness, and automatic puppet-like movements. Today it follows the path of nuttiness (mostly) where any person who acts strange and looks bizarre and "zombielike" could in fact be a zombie dude or dudette.

Halloween has become a really fun family weekend in my favorite, but not-so-ordinary small town of Pauls Valley, Okla. This year I hear that the fictional undead will invade the historic brick-paved streets of downtown for the entire weekend.

Beginning on Oct. 26 with the Pauls Valley Arts Council hosting the Halloween Art & Glow Show from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be Glow in the Dark art exhibits--a main feature in the Halloween exhibit more for grown-up zombies that evening and taking place at the newly remodeled Arts & Cultural Center at the corner of Walnut and Paul Streets. Admission is free.

The annual Wicked Good Time at the Living Dead Center Festival, going on Dead Center in Downtown Pauls Valley, revives itself the next morning at 10 a.m. when spirits once again fill the streets. Costumed crazies scare the big kids while the little ones laugh hysterically and get their faces painted, play games and check out all the art.

Glow-in-the-dark art is being spotlighted in this show, but all Halloween-inspired pieces are welcome and submissions may come from any medium. Entry fee for the show is $5 for each work of art with no limit on entries. Contact Mike Dyson at 405-926-7126 or Ruthie Bustamante at 405-268-9758 right away.

Remember, the public is welcome and admission all over town is free.

This is the day for costumed events such as Spooky Nature Trail with zombies on the chase; the downtown Zombie Walk for Cystic Fibrosis; "Coffin Cruise" ABSOLUTELY UNDEAD Soap Box Race; the Zombie Flash Mob; a Zombie Fashion Show; the Zombie Prom and most importantly Annual Boo on the Bricks where little kids can trick-or-treat at downtown merchants for more candy and some awesome treats.

Make sure central Oklahoma, off Exit 72 on Interstate 35 south of Oklahoma City, is your stopover this weekend. Call Pecan Cottage 580-622-5408 (www.pecancottage.com) about accommodating a family. For more information check with Main Street Pauls Valley at 405-238-2555 or mspv@sbcglobal.net or visit www.mainstreetpaulsvalley.com. Facebook and Twitter, too.

Boo on the Bricks is a family event not to be missed. Find out one more reason why Pauls Valley is not your ordinary small town.

Editor's note: Susen Foster is the owner of Pecan Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Pauls Valley, Okla. She is the author of numerous travel books. Susen can be reached at www.greatersuccess.com or call 580-622-5408.

Date: 10/15/2012



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