UTICA, N.Y.- Traffic stopped dead on Genesee Street as hundreds of zombies covered with blood, guts, and gore filled a portion of Utica's main roadway.
Becoming a zombie isn't as easy as it may look. That's why organizers of the 5th annual Utica Zombie Walk called in the experts.
"I told her to make it crazy and it is," said Jeanna Kumbalek about her zombie makeup.
Using latex, stage makeup, and a lot of fake blood, these professional makeup artists made even the most innocent child look terrifying.
Kumbalek said, "I love the different ages, the children and the adults and it's just all fun, it's all fun."
While others took on the challenge themselves.
Jennifer Tichenor, from Morehouseville, said, "Really it's just a gallon of paint and spray paint and having some fun in the dirt."
"I don't know, I just took a wild guess... I'm supposed to look like a double mouth zombie," said Ryan Tichenor, also from Morehouseville.
There were bride zombies, farmers, clowns, nurses and even amish zombies.
Event coordinator, Kyle Riecker, said, "Everyone has their own character. Some people get really into it, others just come and get made up but it's really interesting to see people of all walks of life become undead."
Being a zombie for a night wasn't free. One main aspect of the event is a food drive. People were asked to bring a canned food item for people and/or pets.
"Which will be donated to the Food Bank of Central New York and the Stevens-Swan Humane Society," said Riecker.
Helping feed, rather than eat those in need.
After the walk, all the zombies returned to the Stanley Theater for an after party.
There was a costume contest, and a premiere screening of the short film 'Zombies in Utica.'