Littleton is known for its genteel small-town ways — even the walking dead obey the traffic laws.
About 300 zombies weaved their way through downtown Saturday, led by a Dixieland jazz band playing a funeral dirge, as part of the fourth annual Zombie Crawl and Pig Roast.
While most zombie hoards tend to cause mayhem and destruction, this band of undead stuck to the sidewalks and obeyed the traffic lights.
“It’s just a fun time,” said Tess Coppedge, 18, of Littleton. “It’s fun to play dress-up, and it’s fun to scare people.”
Coppedge and her sister, 14-year-old Quin, dressed up as zombies decked out for a formal dance. The crowd at large featured virtually every member of a walking dead family, including a few zombie dogs.
Both sisters said they preferred the more traditional slower zombie to the modern sprinting zombie, a matter of contention among zombie lovers.
“The slower ones are scarier,” Tess said. “You think you can outrun them, but you can’t.”
More than one person disagreed with that assessment.
“The fast ones are scarier because you can’t get away from them,” said Delanna McAllen, 11, who was dressed up for the Crawl.
Delanna and her father, Timothy, came to the Crawl because they love dressing up, especially like zombies.
“Being something you’re not, you get out your wild side,” Delanna said.
While most people run from zombies, Linda Poulter and her family gathered along Littleton Boulevard to see the zombies crawl on by. They had seen the event advertised online and decided to bring some chairs and watch.
“We wanted to come support the zombies,” Poulter said. “It’s a really great way to get into the spirit of Halloween.”
Poulter was not alone. As the crowd of undead moved their way through downtown, heading to the pig roast at Reinke Bros., more and more onlookers came out to watch.
“It’s fun. It’s part of being alive,” said James WhiteEagle, who was in town from South Dakota and followed up the rear of the Crawl in a wheelchair and zombie mask. On more than one occasion, WhiteEagle leapt out of his chair to give spectators a fright.
WhiteEagle said that while he enjoyed seeing spectators react as zombies strolled by, the zombie fun also has a spiritual side.
“We celebrate the Day of the Dead as a way to pay respect to people and remember their ways,” WhiteEagle said. “Doing this, it proves we can still have fun, that we’re alive.”
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