The “walking dead” will be strolling the softball fields at Los Cerritos Middle School next month but, never fear, it’s all for good cause. The first annual Conejo Valley Zombie Walk, taking place on October 12, will help raise money for the Thousand Oaks Girls Softball Association and go towards building a new snack shack.
The spooky sojourn and festival was the brainchild of Mike Garofolo, TOGSA’s tournament director. “I was on a business trip in Corpus Christy,” he said. “I was at a restaurant having dinner, and I look out the window and see all these people dressed as zombies walking down the street heading to a nearby park.” He took the idea of a Halloween-themed event back to the league.
“We wanted to do something that would appeal to everyone,” he said.
Registration begins at the high school at 3 p.m. and the walk starts at 4 p.m. Participation cost is $40 per person or $110 for a family of three or more. The mile-and-a-half walk will wind up at Oak Brook Park where there will be a carnival-like setting, featuring music, food, dancers and a kid zone.
Later in the evening, a scary but kid-appropriate movie will be shown on an inflatable screen.