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Zombies haunt Main Street

Community: Residents gather in downtown Newhall for city-sponsored ‘zombie’ invasion

Posted: October 21, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: October 21, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Andrew Mangers, 16, left, spooks Brianna Angel, 4, and her father, Chris Angel, of Newhall, as zombies roam down Main Street for the Senses block party in Newhall on Thursday. Andrew Mangers, 16, left, spooks Brianna Angel, 4, and her father, Chris Angel, of Newhall, as zombies roam down Main Street for the Senses block party in Newhall on Thursday.
Andrew Mangers, 16, left, spooks Brianna Angel, 4, and her father, Chris Angel, of Newhall, as zombies roam down Main Street for the Senses block party in Newhall on Thursday.
Paula Dwyer of The ARTree Community Arts Center, left, paints black eyes on Alex Solis, 8, right, as friend Monse Soto watches during the Senses block party. Paula Dwyer of The ARTree Community Arts Center, left, paints black eyes on Alex Solis, 8, right, as friend Monse Soto watches during the Senses block party.
Paula Dwyer of The ARTree Community Arts Center, left, paints black eyes on Alex Solis, 8, right, as friend Monse Soto watches during the Senses block party.
Cousins Alexa Morales, 6, front, and Kathya Sanchez, 10, dance as The Platinum Groove performs at the Senses block party on Main Street in Newhall on Thursday. Cousins Alexa Morales, 6, front, and Kathya Sanchez, 10, dance as The Platinum Groove performs at the Senses block party on Main Street in Newhall on Thursday.
Cousins Alexa Morales, 6, front, and Kathya Sanchez, 10, dance as The Platinum Groove performs at the Senses block party on Main Street in Newhall on Thursday.
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The fifth version of the city’s Senses events in downtown Newhall on Thursday proved to be one of its most popular yet, with the Halloween theme of zombies.

Dozens of children got in the spirit with smeared face paint and ragged clothes stained with fake blood.

“Zombies are awesome,” Alexa Morales, 6, said as she threw her arms loosely in the air while making a face. “And we like blood.”

Morales and her friend Elias Cespedes, 8, took advantage of The ARTree’s free face-painting booth. Morales donned a black-and-white zombie face, and Elias sported the “zombie attack” look, which included scratches and bandages.

The event, held on the third Thursday each month, featured three food trucks, the party band Platinum Groove and a flash mob performing the dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, courtesy of Shooting Stars Dance Studios.

Zombies trolled Main Street, sneaking up on unsuspecting passers-by and downtown venues, such as The Vu Bar and Lounge, offered specialty “cure” cocktails with names, such as AB Negative. The city expected about 3,000 people to attend, according to arts and events coordinator David Knutson.

The centerpiece of the faux carnage was a flipped truck in the middle of Main Street, courtesy of Knutson. The truck was surrounded by rocks, debris and fake body parts. People constantly stopped to take pictures and ponder how it got there.

“Probably somebody crashed,” Cespedes said. “Or zombies attacked.”

The truck, which was totaled a year ago, was flipped on its head by Wolf’s Towing for the event, Knutson said.

“We kind of thought zombies attacked and flipped the car,” Knutson said. It’ll be taken to a junkyard today, he said.

Kim Funk, who brought her whole family, said she was glad the city has events that are enjoyable for the whole family.

“It gives a sense of community,” Funk said. “It’s nice to see everybody getting so into it.”

November’s theme will be “Superheroes,” Knutson said.

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