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Zombies take over downtown Roseville

Hundreds of undead assemble in Royer Park to prep for walk down Vernon Street
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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It was a freaky scene in Roseville Tuesday afternoon as scores of undead prepared to take over the streets of downtown.

The zombies assembled at Royer Park to apply their makeup and costumes before heading to Vernon Street to spook all the visitors at Downtown Tuesday Night. Nearly 100 zombies had gathered in the park by 5 p.m. in preparation for the walk, organized by ringleader Joshua Cox (check out the Press Tribune photo gallery).

“You look like a burn victim,” said Ryan Winchell of Citrus Heights as he applied makeup to a zombie. “It’s beautiful.”

Mariah Martinez of Foothill Farms and three of her friends learned about the walk on Facebook, which had about 1,500 people who RSVP’d yes to the event.

“I like zombies, so why not be part of the fun?” Martinez said. “I watch zombie movies like every night. My favorite is “Zombieland” and “Shaun of the Dead.”

This was Cox’s first time assembling a zombie walk.

“It has come to my attention that Roseville does not have enough zombies,” he wrote on the Facebook page publicizing the event.

Amelia Chapman of Roseville sat around in Royer Park with her two friends, all their faces covered with white makeup and red paint splattered on her shirt.

“You get to dress up, put yourself in a different situation that you’re not usually in,” she said. “I don’t usually walk around in fake blood all day.”

Sacramento resident Amelia Van Brunt made the trek to Roseville to participate in her first zombie walk.

“I’m obsessed with zombies,” Van Brunt said. “Anything post-apocalyptic is so scary to me.”

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.