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Zombies lurch back downtown for charity cause


If you were downtown earlier today, and saw "undead" people, your eyes did not deceive you. Hundreds of people out came to take part in the 3rd Annual Siouxland Zombie Walk.

And, with the recent popularity of TV shows and movies about zombies, it's easy to understand why an event like a Zombie Walk may draw a large crowd.

The nice thing, is if you want to join in, it doesn't take a lot of work to become a zombie. You just have to know how to play dead...That means splattering blood all over yourself, and knowing what not to do with make-up.

Traditionally you put on make up to help yourself look better, but the goal of zombie make-up is to do the opposite. You're supposed to look as terrible and dead as possible.

And, the idea behind getting hundreds of people to look "undead" in downtown Sioux City is to get some attention for the Food Bank of Siouxland. People love zombies, zombies are coming out of the closet," Marie Schneiders said.

Schneider is a coordinator with the Annual Siouxland Zombie Walk. She says the event started out with about 200 people, and now it's grown close to 400 people. We are taking donations of either non perishable food items or toiletries, in order to receive your make-up being done," Schneiders said. Each year organizers choose a different charity.

While zombies seem scary, Schneiders says the idea of people not having enough food is even scarier, that's why they chose to help the Food Bank.

"There is a great need for canned food, and the food drive, the food bank is woefully short on food for needy families and it's important for people who have enough to give a little," Schneiders said.

Last year's event raised about 1,000-dollars, Schneiders is hoping this years total will match or beat that.

"A dollar can provide like, 17 meals."

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