Zombies cancel due to illness
By Kathy McCarty
PRESQUE ISLE — The Haunted Woods Walk will go on as planned Oct. 15-16 at the Aroostook State Park, albeit a few ghouls short of a good scare, following news that the production company behind the movie, “The Zombies Are Coming To Town” — filmed in parts of Aroostook County earlier this year — won’t be able to attend, as previously scheduled, due to unforeseen circumstances.
The group — in Presque Isle recently for the grand opening of Go Video — had initially agreed to take part in the annual haunting, at the invitation of the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce. But illness has changed their plans.
“We received word that, due to illness, the cast/crew would not be attending,” said Theresa Fowler, executive director, PIACC.
Attempts to reach Nathan Oliver, producer of the movie, were unsuccessful at presstime. A message recently left on their Facebook page did indicate the “Zombie” cast and crew would not be attending the state park event, citing illness as the reason — proving even the living dead are susceptible.
Fowler said there would be plenty of frightfully terrifying activities nonetheless and is looking forward to a good scream or two herself.
Nola Farley, president of the PIACC, said a variety of activities are being planned for participants of all ages.
“The Halloween Kinder Walk and Haunted Woods Walk are getting closer. On Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Aroostook State Park will be the site of children’s activities, including pumpkin painting, games, boat rides and more,” said Fowler.
Admission is free for the Kinder Walk. Activity tickets will be available, selling at 12 for $5.
Farley said the evening activities are designed more for the older crowd.
“Events on Friday and Saturday night are not recommended for young children,” said Farley.
Gates will be open 6-9 p.m. each evening, with admission costing $5.
“There will be opportunities to purchase refreshments and souvenirs,” said Fowler.
Organizers still could use a little help making the event a memorable one.
“We definitely need volunteers, mostly for guides or helping with children’s games,” said Farley.
For more information or to volunteer, contact 764-6561.