Prepare Yourself for Zombiefest 2013!

If you're looking for things to see and do in the Pioneer Valley, Zombiefest 2013 should be at the top of your list. Zombies are the latest pop-culture icons to take over the small screen and the silver screen. Now, they're taking over Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley. This month-long event was organized by community groups and the Greater Springfield Visitors Bureau. It's designed to promote a wide range of Halloween-themed events, parties and festivals that are happening in the region. Here are a few of the events that promise to attract both local visitors and traveling zombie fans throughout New England.

Zombie walks are the latest trend to sweep the nation. You can participate in Springfield's very own zombie walk on October 19, 2013, between 3 and 6 in the afternoon. Wear your best zombie costume and ghoulish face to the zombie walk, costume contest and related events. This event is free, but attendees can bring cans of tomato sauce to benefit the local homeless shelter.

Fright Fest is taking over Six Flags New England for the end of September and most of October. The Zombie Fright Run is scheduled for October 5th. This is a great time to take the whole family to Six Flags. Kid-friendly events and shows are scheduled during the day, but zombies take over the park after 4 pm.

Ticketed events are also happening at the Jiminy Peak Resort, Zoar Outdoor and the Forest Park Zoo. For a tamer Halloween experience, try a horse-drawn hayride at the Yankee Candle Village or a haunted hayride at McCray's Farm in South Hadley. Sophisticated zombies will certainly enjoy the film Frankenstein accompanied by world-class music from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. This event is happening on October 26th.

If ghost stories sound more appealing to you, visit the Storrowton Village, the Norman Rockwell Museum or the Springfield Museum to hear stories about famous hauntings in New England and creepy tales about the Stockbridge Cemetery. The Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke is also hosting several Zombie Fest events on October 26th, including the Jeepers Creepers-Ghouls & Goblins festival, which includes games, crafts and family-friendly events. Plus, rare candlelight tours of the historic Skinner mansion will be available later that night.

The Delaney House in Holyoke and Chandler's Restaurant in South Deerfield are both offering special Halloween dining experiences. Westfield, MA, is hosting a town-wide costume contest and restaurant/pub tour. With all of these events, Zombiefest 2013 is sure to keep the whole family busy.

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