For years, the walking dead would gather in downtown Wichita Falls for the annual Zombie Crawl.
The event was put on by Downtown Wichita Falls Development, but this year, it was canceled.
The event had been going on for the last 5 years and it grew substantially in that short amount of time.
Organizers said the first ever zombie crawl had around 40 people, and last year’s event brought in more than 5,000.
For years, the walking dead invaded downtown Wichita Falls around Halloween, but this year, that won’t be the case, and for those who loved to deck out in all things gory, like Mason Wilson, the news is very disappointing.
“Honestly I was pretty bummed. I was looking forward to going and seeing everyone’s costumes,” Wilson said.
Wilson said Downtown Wichita falls Development’s Zombie Crawl was a great event, but organizers said it was time to let the event die, so they could focus on their main mission of bringing more life to downtown.
“Hosting an event like that takes a lot of time, a lot of planning, a lot of volunteers, so it has definitely freed up some time for us to focus on community development,” Jeanette Charos, with Downtown Wichita Falls Development, said.
And now Wilson, and other Halloween fans, are forced to find alternative plans.
“Some of my friends are going to throw a party or something like that, like a costume party, that we are going to dress up and have fun with it,” Wilson said.
“People are sad and we are sad to see it go, it was always a fun event and we loved seeing all of the costumes and creativity that it brought,” Charos said.
Many zombies felt the same way, but they could have hope to one day take over downtown again.
“We’ve been contacted by a couple different organizations to take the event over. It didn’t pan out this year but we still have hope zombie crawl will continue, it just won’t be under the Downtown Wichita Falls Development name,” Charos said.
Until then, the thousands that once flocked or crawled to downtown to be undead for a day will have to find other places to head for Halloween.