By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
JENSEN BEACH -- Don your most tattered nightdress, forget about combing your hair, stock up on fake blood and start practicing your most convincing undead limp because it's Halloween in Jensen Beach.
It just so happens that Halloween falls on a Thursday this year which coincides with Jensen Beach's weekly Jammin' Jensen event. But this time the festival will offer more than vendors and live music; the streets will also be lined with the walking undead.
With the growing popularity of zombies in movies, television, comic books and more, Ronald Rose, executive director of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, decided to invite residents to transform themselves into the haunting characters and invade Jensen.
"It seems like a zombie theme is a good idea," Mr. Rose said.
He's been noticing it at comic conventions, 5k runs, and in themed walks around the country, but he wanted to offer more than a zombie walk; he wanted a zombie invasion.
"I'm interested in doing things that are different," he said.
Mr. Rose hopes zombie lovers will deck themselves out in their best zombie get-up and perform their best zombie shuffle as they stroll the streets in the inaugural event, but it's not just the impressed looks from passers-by that zombies will be competing for. Three winners from different age groups will also be selected to receive tickets to Jensen's Pineapple Festival, a $100 value.
"I think people are going to have a blast," Mr. Rose said.
If that's the case, he looks forward to making the zombie invasion an annual event.
There's no registration fee to participate. Just show up downtown in your best zombie disguise from 6-9 p.m. on Oct.31 and invade Jensen Beach for an evening of spooky fun.