Join the fun ... or get eaten alive at the 10th annual Zombie Pub Crawl

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Pittsfield — If you see zombies taking over North Street on Saturday night, don't run.

Organizers expect up to 150 biters, ghouls, rotters and walkers to participate in this year's 10th annual Zombie Pub Crawl in downtown Pittsfield.

"Some people do funny costumes, some don't dress at all, and that's fine," said Casey Albert, a North Adams resident who has organized the pub crawl for the last six years. Albert, who is an ad fulfillment coordinator at The Berkshire Eagle, became hooked on the zombie fun when she attended the second pub crawl and has been "going to it ever since."

"I do feel we've really been growing," Albert said of the number of zombies roaming the streets for the Halloween-themed crawl once a year. "It's definitely been consistently between 100 to 150 people."

This year, 10 Pittsfield bars have agreed to participate in the event. Participants are encouraged to go to the different bars during the allotted time slots to stay with the group. Each crawler is responsible for purchasing their own drinks, and Albert suggests bringing cash to make the busy night easier. Some bars will also have specialty zombie-inspired cocktails added to their menus.

This year, like the past three years, Albert said the event will be raising money for the Berkshire Humane Society. There will be T-shirts for sale for $15 to mark the 10th anniversary, with all proceeds going to the animal shelter.

"I'm hoping since this is the 10th year, we raise the most funds," said Albert, who will be walking around selling the T-shirts throughout the evening.

For those who are new to the event, or not sure how to channel their undead spirit, Albert and a friend will be hosting a free makeup station at Thistle & Mirth on West Street from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations are welcome and will be included in the raised funds for the charity.

Movie passes from Phoenix Theatres Beacon Cinema will be handed out as prizes throughout the night for the best, most creative costumes, she said.

But, Albert cautions, make sure you don't go overboard on the face makeup; bartenders reserve the right to deny service to anyone who isn't recognizable with their valid ID.

Albert, a self-proclaimed lover of Halloween, still isn't sure which zombie persona she'll take on for the evening — past years have included a zombie doll, birthday zombie and just a "regular" zombie — but whatever it is, she knows it will be a good time.

"[The event] is really not only to raise money now, but also to have something fun to do," she said. "And it boosts sales for the local bars."

FIND THE ZOMBIES

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Here is a list of participating bars and times. Remember, this is an age 21-and-up event.

5 to 7 p.m. - Thistle & Mirth, 44 West St. (makeup station)

5 to 7 p.m. - Methuselah Bar & Lounge, 391 North St.

7 to 9 p.m. - Hotel on North, 297 North St.

7 to 9 p.m. - Uncorked Wine & Beer Lounge, 137 North St.

7 to 9 p.m. - The Lantern Bar and Grill, 455 North St.

8 to 10 p.m. - Pancho's Mexican Restaurant, 154 North St.

8 to 10 p.m. - Patrick's Pub, 26 Bank Row

8 to 10:30 p.m. - Tito's Mexican Grill, 34 Depot St.

9 to 11 p.m. - Cim's Tavern, 429 Fenn St.

10:30 to close - Sideline Saloon, 434 Fenn St.

For more information: Visit the 10th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl event page on Facebook

HALLOWEEN PLANS?

Is your organization or establishment planning a Halloween-themed party worthy of our night life crowd's attention? Email the information (please include, time, date, place and basic details) to Managing Editor of Features Lindsey Hollenbaugh at lhollenbaugh@berkshireeagle for possible inclusion in our upcoming roundup of Halloween events.


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