If you can’t find a zombie to freak you out this Halloween season in Wichita, you’re not trying very hard.
The Undead will be everywhere during the next couple of weeks. People can run with zombies, watch them on stage and hide from them in a zombie-themed haunted house.
Zombies have been trendy for years, but their popularity is surging lately along with the television series “The Walking Dead,” which set cable ratings records with its fourth season premiere on AMC earlier last week.
That show is part of what inspired Jamie Crouch to start his new haunted house attraction – World at War: The Zombie Apocolypse – in a warehouse at 811 E. 10th St.
Crouch, a night-shift worker who spent a lot of time dreaming about a zombie haunted house over the past few years, said he decided that this was the year to try it.
The success of “The Walking Dead” was part of his inspiration, he said.
“It’s always been one of those things that’s kind of like Big Foot,” he said. “People think, ‘Maybe it could be real.’”
Following is a list of Zombie-related events coming up:
World At War Zombie Apocalypse: This new haunted attraction in Wichita fills an old warehouse with scary zombies. It opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Thursday, Oct. 25, through 27 and Oct. 31. Tickets are $20. A Fast Pass is $35. For more information, visit worldatwar.com.
Wichita Zombie Run: This road race lets runners experience the thrill of being chased by zombies. It’s a 5k that will be run in heats. The race starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum, 1229 E. 85th St. North, Park City. Registration is $50 for runners. People willing to dress as zombies and populate the route will be admitted free. Survivors and zombies get a free hot dog and a drink at the finish line. For more information, visit wichitazombierun.com
“Zombie Prom”: The Heather Muller Black Box Theatre at the Wichita Children’s Theatre, 201 Lulu, will be the site of this musical comedy, which brings a 1950s horror comic book to life. Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 3. Tickets are $8.50-$12.50 by calling 316-262-2282.
“The Zombie”: Wichita Community Theatre at 258 N. Fountain is putting on this play, a comedy-thiller about an evil former carnival hypnotist who lures people to a decaying mansion to be “zombized.” The show opened on Thursday and shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Nov. 2. There’s no show on Halloween. Tickets are $10-$12 by calling 316-686-1282.
“Night of the Living Dead:” This 1968 zombie flick airs at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Movie tickets $5 at the door.
“The Dead Can’t Dance:” Local filmmaker Rodrick Pocowatchit’s independent zombie film, a comedy/drama made in Wichita, is showing as part of the October Cult Film Series and will be screened at 9:30 p.m. and midnight Oct. 25 and 26 at the Palace West, 535 S. Ridge Road Circle. Tickets are $3 and proceeds benefit the LAPP animal shelter. For more information on the film, visit thedeadcantdance.com.
Trail of Terror Zombie Chase: El Dorado also will have a zombie run. Its is a 4-mile obstacle race, which will go in heats between 3 and 6:20 p.m. Oct. 26 at El Dorado Lake State Park. Race organizers are putting on a “quarantine party” for survivors after the race. Registration is $60. For more information, visit www.zombiechaserun.com.