MINNEAPOLIS -- It started simply, on a whim, eight years ago with 100 friends dressed as zombies. Minneapolis and St. Paul's Zombie Pub Crawl has morphed into an annual event that now draws up to 30,000 people.
"I just call us zombie wranglers," smiled Chuck Terhark, who co-created the event.
Saturday night, 8,000-10,000 zombies are expected to fill Midway stadium in St. Paul beginning at 2:00pm and ending with a concert by rapper DMX.
In Minneapolis, hundreds more will watch the Gin Blossoms at the Cabooze and if you're into metal music, plenty of bloodied faces will get their fix of Exodus at Triple Rock.
"It is pretty random," said Terhark. "Our goal is to get people to see what's going on and say to themselves, 'I can't believe that's actually happening.'"
The Corner Bar at "Seven Corners" near the University of Minnesota has participated for seven of the eight years.
"Gopher games are good, but this is about four times as good, minimum," said Corner Bar's Bill Murray.
"I thought that it would last a couple years and fizzle out and people would get sick of dressing like zombies," said Terhark. "But people do not get sick of dressing like zombies, that's what I've learned."
According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $79.82 on decorations, costumes and candy in 2012, with total Halloween spending expected to reach $8 billion.
For more information, check out the Zombie Pub Crawl website.
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