Things will get spooky as zombies invade downtown Rock Hill Saturday for the Old Town Zombie Crawl.
An all-day event for the whole family, the certified 5K and fun run will be 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Rock Hill. Registration is $35 to run as a human and $40 as a zombie.
But this isn’t your average street race.
“Humans” entered in the race will be given a head start and three life flags to wear. They’ll be judged on running times with prizes for the top male and female runners.
Meanwhile, the “zombies” start after the humans. Their job is to chase down humans and steal their life flags. Prizes will be awarded to the top adult and youth runners.
The humans will have a strategic advantage, though. Only one zombie per four humans is allowed.
Marine Lance Cpl. John Holden Starnes, who served in Afghanistan and worked for three years at Scarowinds, will start the race as a zombie.
The zombie makeovers will start at noon and all racers running as zombies are required to attend an orientation session before the race. Groups like Gregory FX, Shakespeare Carolina and cosmetology students from the Applied Technology Center in the Rock Hill School District will be on hand to facilitate the makeovers.
A zombie “survivor party” will be held after the race and feature music by the Honest Tradition, Old Sun, Motel Glory and Truckstop Preachers. There will be food and beverage vendors, games, zombie pageants and zombie weddings.
To register, go to oldtownzombiecrawl.com. There is also on-site registration, starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Heart 2 Heart Foundation.
Heart 2 Heart President Shelia Caldwell said they decided to have this event to bring their message about heart health to younger people. Even if people aren’t running in the race, they’re welcome to come and enjoy the food and festivities.
“You don’t have to be a zombie but if you come as a human, you just have to know, you’re zombie bait,” Caldwell said.
Other Halloween events include:
• The Tega Cay Fall Festival and Children’s Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Tega Cay Golf and Conference Center. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to winners for most original and cutest in age groups infant-2 and 3-4 and for most original and scariest in age groups 5-6, 7-8 and 9 and up. Children should line up at 2:30 p.m. on the tennis court nearest the stage for the costume contest.
• The 35th annual Great Pumpkin 5K race and fun run, sponsored by the Rock Hill Striders, will be 9 a.m. Saturday beginning at Dinkins Center at Winthrop University. The fun run begins at 9:45 a.m.
Registration is from 7:30-8:45 am. Registration is capped at 150 runners. Cost $35 on race day, and includes T-shirt. Fun run is free. T-shirts available for $10. Proceeds will go to Pilgrims’ Inn.
Register at active.com or mail to Rock Hill Striders, P.O. Box 751, Fort Mill SC 29716.
• Historic Rock Hill presents “The White Home After Dark” 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the White Home, 258 E. White St. The event includes ghost tales, tours and hot cider.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Stories of the Stones, the 2013 Rose Hill Cemetery Tour, will be 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday with reenactors telling stories of the lives those who shaped the community.
Tickets are $5. Free for children, teachers and students in first-12th grades. For information, call Jan Ramsey at 803-684-3844.
• Winthrop University will host Pipe & Pumpkins, 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday in Byrnes Auditorium. Organists will perfrom in celebration of Halloween. Those attending are encouraged to wear costumes.
• The annual Boo HaHa Halloween trick or treating and dance party will be 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday on East Main Street in Rock Hill.
More than 25 local business will participate in the event. There will be special appearance by the Rock Hill Fire Department, the “Carolina GhostBuster” and the York
Registration for the costume contest will be 5:30-6:15 p.m. in front of Wells Fargo. Judging begins at 6:30 p.m. for ages infant-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11-12 years.
The event will be held rain or shine. For information, visit OnlyInOldTown.com/Boo.
• Rock Hill Jaycees annual haunted trail will be 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at 196 Grayson Road.
Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit Camp Hope. For more information, email email@example.com or on Facebook: Rock Hill Jaycees Haunted Trail.
• The Lamb Family or Fort Mill will again prepare a Halloween display and street performance 9 p.m. Thursday at 7144 Michael Scott Crossing in Baxter Village.
Since 2001, the Lambs have turned their front yard into an elaborate classic Halloween scene that changes from year to year. In addition to a theater-style set, special effects, music, lights, and lots of fog, Allen Lamb transforms himself into a larger-than-life character who’s even know to break into song.
Past scenes have featured Dracula, The Mummy, Wolfman, Beetlejuice and Phantom of the Opera. This year’s theme won’t be revealed until he Lambs set up.