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Zombies raise food, funds for Lorain County food bank


AMHERST — Lurching bodies with torn flesh and oozing blood took over the streets Saturday for the 2013 Lorain County Zombie Walk.

It took Cleveland resident Celeste Marcus two hours to transform her body into a zombie.

Marcus said she finds it thrilling when people assume she is a statue … until she slowly moves her body.

“I have always loved Halloween,” Marcus said.

While Amherst crawled, or shambled, with zombies, it was all in good fun, for a good cause.

Each participant paid a $5 admission price, plus they were asked to bring two nonperishable food items.

All food items and monies from the 2013 Lorain County Zombie Walk benefited Second Harvest Food Bank.

According to event coordinator Janel Dovala, of Lorain, the third annual event brought in enough food to fill the Second Harvest Food Bank van, plus two hearses provided by the event sponsor Hauntville: Ohio’s Scariest Haunted Houses.

“I love this event because it’s not a normal type of event (where people would think to bring food donations),” Dovala said.

Hauntville company owner Derek Vitas credits the large amount of food donations that come in during the event based on the family-friendly atmosphere.

“They do a great job with the zombie walk,” Vitas said. “It’s more of a zombie fest.”

Brother and sister duo from Elyria Paul Doty, 12 and his sister, Kristen, 9, arrived at the event with family-friend Maria Damico.

Paul become a “zombie CPA” for the day while his sister was a zombie killer.

“This is our first time here, and it’s pretty cool,” Paul said as he looked around at other people dressed in their best zombie outfit.

The first zombie walk in 2011 brought in $1,445 and 1,143 pounds of food.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or

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